Snake Whip Progress…

Snake Whip Progress…

My current project is a 12 plait snake whip made from kangaroo:

snake whip

This snake whip is going to be made with the look of the bullwhip used by Indiana Jones.  So it’s 12 plait in natural tan kangaroo with a checkerboard handle area and 4 seam lash.  It will have the same knots as the Indy Bullwhip.  That will give this the look of an Indy Bullwhip in a snake whip!

Louie
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Bullwhip and a “Whip Top”

Bullwhip and a “Whip Top”

Currently I’m working on three 8 plait bullwhips that will be five feet long.  I’ve completed all three whips internal layers and cut out the overlays and just need to do the plaiting.  Actually one of the bullwhips is finished:

bullwhip

bullwhip

These five foot bullwhips are made from kangaroo and would make a great working bullwhip or entry level kangaroo bullwhip!

Also a few weeks ago I stumbled on this video:

I thought that using a whip to keep a top spinning was interesting and that I’d never heard of this before.  I found a Whip Top set:

Whip Top

whip top

The whip that came with this is basically useless as a whip, but it works well for winding up the top. I’ve gotten this to keep spinning after I’ve cracked the whip at it.  Unfortunately I haven’t spent much time working with it…maybe someday I’ll make a better whip for it and get good at it.

Louie
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Save 20% on Indy Bullwhips!

Save 20% on Indy Bullwhips!

Labor Day Indy Style Bullwhip Sale!

From now until midnight on 9/5/11 (or when I wake up  in the morning on 9/6 and turn off the sale) all Indy Style Bullwhips are 20% off the base cost! To take advantage of this sale go to: http://bullwhips.org/bullwhip_store/viewitem.php?productid=143

bull whips

All my Indy Style bullwhips are made with the same look as the bullwhips used by Indiana Jones in the first three movies.  So these bullwhips will be the same plait count, have the same knots, etc.

These are all “made to order” and the current wait time  from when you place your order to when it ships is approx. 2 weeks.  Keep in mind my bullwhips are made in a first come first served order, so if you wait until midnight on Labor Day you wait may be longer if a bunch of people order before you did, so delay order now!

Louie

P.S. This is a super great deal, you will save $84 on your bullwhip!
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A Tan Colored Whip Isn’t Automatically an Indiana Jones Style Whip

A Tan Colored Whip Isn’t Automatically an Indiana Jones Style Whip

I recently had someone email me for a quote for a 9 foot bullwhip that’d be made in the style of the one that Indiana Jones had in the Temple of Doom Movie.  I make bullwhips with the look of the ones that David Morgan made for the Indiana Jones movies…but I don’t make the movie specific.

There are several reasons for why I don’t make movie specific whips, but the main one is that more than one whip was used in each movie. So matching one whip to 7 or 8 whips of varying lengths and colors is close to impossible.

There is a certain formula that David Morgan used to make the bullwhips used in the movies and that is what my Indy Style bullwhips are made to.  These characteristics are what make and Indy Bullwhip and Indy Bullwhip and not every tan colored bullwhip is an Indy bullwhip.  Sorry but in my opinion most of the people on the internet are lying to you when they call every crappy bullwhip they sell and Indiana Jones bullwhip.

The same person who asked me for a quote on a 9 foot Indy Bullwhip (who didn’t end up buying from me) sent me an email saying they found a cheaper “8 plait tan Indy Bullwhip” and wanted my opinion on it.  Here’s the picture that was attached to the email:

bullwhip

And below is my email response:

That whip isn’t close to an Indy bullwhip.  It’s a tan bullwhip…but not an Indy bullwhip, in fact aside from color it misses out on just about everything that makes and Indy bullwhip an Indy Bullwhip!

Here’s just a few things wrong with that whip:

1. handle is 4 seam not checker board

2. Wrong number of passes on the heel knot

3. Heel knot is the same size as the transition knot (the heel knot should be much larger)

4. wrong number of plaits everywhere (including the wrist loop)

5. Fall is way to short for that bullwhip.  Assuming the handle is 8 inches (which is standard for a true Indy bullwhip) then that fall is about a foot long, where for it to be a well functioning bullwhip and an Indy bullwhip it should be closer to 24-30 inches long

And those are just the glaring things that make it not an indy bullwhip…I’m not even nit picking it, there’s a lot more that make is not an indy bullwhip.

However simply based on the fall length I wouldn’t recommend it as a plain ol’ bullwhip and definately not and Indy bullwhip!

So is my evaluation of that bullwhip a little harsh?

Nope!

You see an Indy Bullwhip is a very specific type of whip.  Let’s break it down this way, you are buying an automobile.  That’s a very broad term, technically an automobile would include things like cars, pickup trucks, SUV’s, Vans, motorcycles.  Just like the broad term whips includes snake whips, signal whips, stock whips, etc.

Now we can get a bit more specific ans say we are buying a car.  An a car could be anything from a sedan to a smart car to station wagon.  It’s still a pretty broad term, just like if you were searching for a bullwhip.  You could be looking for an amercian style bullwhip, aussie style, mini-bullwhip, etc.

Alright, let’s narrow it down even further you want a sedan.  Great, but a sedan refers to a specific type of structure the car is built on, but there are still a lot of types of sedans like a compact,  mid-size, full size, sports car, etc.  And if you were to narrow down your bullwhip choice to a 12 plait bullwhip, you still have a lot of options within that classification.  Two tone, kangaroo, cow, handle length, western fall, aussie fall, swivel handle, fully plaited handle, plaited bellies, shot loaded, etc.

Ok, let’s get really specific we want to buy a 1973 Corvette Stingray.  Great we know exactly what we want.  A 1973 Corvette Stingray has very specific characteristics and those characteristics make the look of the car different from just any other car.  Just like and bullwhip made in the style of the bullwhip used by Indiana Jones has very specific characteristics that make it different from just any bullwhip.

Is this:

bullwhip

the same as this:

They both are white cars…both were even made in 1973.  However only one of them meets certain criteria to be a Corvette Stingray.  And just like the car an Indy Style bullwhip has certain criteria to be an Indy Bullwhip!

Here are the minimum requirements that a whip has to have to be an Indy Bullwhip:

  • 12 plait dropping to a 6 plait point
  • natural tan color
  • White hide fall
  • black nylon cracker
  • Diamond pattern on handle
  • 4 seam on lash
  • 6 plait wrist loop
  • 8 inch handle
  • large heel knot
  • 4 X 5 knots (3 pass on  heel knot and 2 pass on transition knot)

If a Indy bullwhip doesn’t meet those minimums, it’s just a bullwhip.

Louie
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Finished Calf bullwhip

Finished Calf bullwhip

Today I finished the overlay of a 7 1/2 foot Indy Style bullwhip:

bullwhip

And put the knots and wrist loop on it:

bullwhip

I gave this bullwhip a few cracks in my carport and it’s got a nice pop to it!  This bullwhip also has a great in the hands weight, it feels like you are holding a whip!

So I have three of these bullwhips IN STOCK right now (7 foot, 7.5 foot and 8 foot):

bullwhip

The middle one (the 7.5 that I finished today) is a bit darker than the others.  The reason for that is that it was made with “rawhide cream” instead of plating soap to braid it.  As far as plaiting goes, I liked the rawhide cream…except the cost!  It’s time to mix up a new batch of regular plaiting soap.

If you are interested all three of these bullwhips are available on my IN STOCK whips page.

Louie
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Finished Calf Bullwhip

Finished Calf Bullwhip

The other day I finished making a 12 plait Indy style bullwhip from calf:

12 plait bullwhip

I think it came out pretty well…because it’s calf and not kangaroo there are a few cosmetic things that if it was a nicer/more expensive bullwhip I would have redone.  I think for a non-kangaroo bullwhip this one came out looking extremely well.  It’s got all the visual Indy characteristics:

  • 12 plait overlay ending in 6 plait point
  • Natural tan color
  • Whitehide fall
  • Black nylon cracker
  • 6 plait wrist loop
  • 8 inch handle
  • Correct knots (5 X 4 three pass heel knot and 5 X 4 two pass transition knot)
  • Slight taper on the handle just before the transition knot

I think the heel knot looks fantastic:

bullwhip

Internally this bullwhip is different from how I make my kangaroo Indy Bullwhips, this one has a shot core, one plaited belly and two bolsters, where my roo Indy’s are two plaited bellies and two bolsters.  The lead shot core allowed me to put weight into the lash without spending the time to do two bellies.

I haven’t decided the price I’m going to sell this at, while I did do a couple things to speed up the process of making this bullwhip it was still VERY labor intensive and with the corners I cut I only saved about an hour of work…and while using calf which is a bit cheaper than kangaroo…it isn’t that much cheaper than using kangaroo.

I’ll put this bullwhip on my IN STOCK whips page once I figure out a fair price for it.

Louie
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More work on Calf Bullwhip…

More work on Calf Bullwhip…

This morning I cut out the bolster for the 12 plait EconomINDY bullwhip that I’m working on.  I didn’t like how the layers were sitting on the handle (it was too thin), so added a layer of thin leather of leather over the handle to add a bit of bulk to it.

bullwhip

Next up is cutting out and plaiting the overlay for this bullwhip!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

economINDY bullwhip

economINDY bullwhip

I just finished making an economINDY bullwhip, that’s a 12 plait bullwhip made in the style of the Indiana Jones bullwhip, but made with calf.

bullwhip

I used to make these a long time ago, and while I was trying to hunt down some kip I found some great calf skins.  I picked up three skins which should be enough for at least 3 bullwhips (maybe 4 if all of them are shorter).

This one was made with only one plaited belly, but still has two bolsters and a core.  The next couple of these that I make will have two plaited bellies to help me get the lash a bit heavier…or maybe I’ll put in a light lead shot loaded core to get it a tad heavier??

This bullwhip has a good crack, but it’s a lighter lash than I normally put on a Indy style bullwhip.  There’s nothing wrong with a lighter lash, it’s just different from what I normally do.  I’ve got it listed for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.  If you are interested in this bullwhip I say get it now because the next ones will either have another belly or a shot loaded core, and either of those will bump up the price about $25.

Louie

Did you notice?

Did you notice?

In the post about this about the mini bullwhip, did you notice anything funny about the picture?  The playing card the bullwhip is sitting on is a large playing card that is about 6 X 9 inches.  I was having a bit of fun with proportion!

Here’s the bullwhip on my hand:

bullwhip

I was going to try to find all the oversized items (like a giant toothbrush, or comb) at my local joke store and take pictures of this bullwhip next to them.  However I didn’t get around to finding things like that.

I guess the moral is don’t believe everything you see on the internet!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Miracle Product!

Miracle Product!

Right now I’m working on a Young Indy style bullwhip (more on this when it’s finished) and I needed to dye some strands.  One thing that I never liked was braided strands that where hand dyed.  A bit of the coloring always rubs off on my hands and it’s a huge pain to try to get it off.  Usually I end up with color on my hands for a day or two.

Yesterday when I was picking up some Deglazer and dye I noticed a product on the shelf called DYE-OFF.  The company that makes it doesn’t have any internet presence and I can’t find anyone that sells it besides where I got it.  Ask you local leather supplier if they sell it.

dye off

This stuff works like magic.  My hands had a bunch of dye that had rubbed off while braiding.  I tried washing them with soap and water like I normally do and that didn’t work well.  So I put a bit of this on my hands added a bit of water and viola the dye disappeared from my hands!

I love this stuff…it’s made hand dying slightly less of a pain.

Louie
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