10 Foot Indiana Jones Style Bullwhip

10 Foot Indiana Jones Style Bullwhip

I’m taking a quick break from making the final two 4 plait Beginner’s Bullwhips to work on something a bit more mentally challenging (but slightly easier on the hands).  I’m working on a 10 foot Indiana Jones style bullwhip.  Here’s the completed inner bellies:

Indiana Jones style bullwhip

And here’s the finished bullwhip (before a coat of shellac).

Indiana Jones style bullwhip

This bullwhip is on its way to its new owner!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Finished 8 foot Bullwhip

Finished 8 foot Bullwhip

I finished this bullwhip last week and got it shipped out Thursday.  Here’s the finished whip:
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One thing I did on this whip was make it with the upper knot a darker color.  Most whip makers when they do this they use leather that is dyed a different color at the tannery.  The whip is made from natural tan kangaroo and the  upper knot is also made from natural tan kangaroo that I had aged.

I always think it’s neat to see the color of the leather now, and the color of the leather that it will eventually become!

Also I’ve got another whip that I made as a fun project for me on ebay right now.  It’s a 6.5 foot two tone bullwhip.  It’s a steal at the starting price!  You can view the auction at:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-1-2-foot-BULLWHIP-12-plait-two-tone-kangaroo-handmade-bull-whip-/221435788210

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

8 Foot Indy Bullwhip progress…

8 Foot Indy Bullwhip progress…

Yesterday I managed to get a few hours of work into this bullwhip.  I made more progress than I thought I would. My goal was to get the inner layers finished, so I was kinda amazed to have gotten as much done as I have.

I started yesterday by attaching the core to the handle:

bull whip

Then the belly gets attached on top of that.

bullwhip

Then that belly gets plaited.  In a leather bullwhip having a plaited belly is important.  It does several things, one being that it adds weight to the whip.  It also compacts the inner layers making the whip very dense which will move energy down the lash very efficiently.

Indiana Jones Bullwhip

On top of the inner belly goes a bolster.  This one starts at the end of the handle.

Indiana Jones Bullwhip

The outer belly goes on next and it covers the whole handle.  At this point I will also give the bolster below a coat of leather dressing.

Indiana Jones Bullwhip

The outer belly is then plaited to the end of the bolster below it.

Indiana Jones Bullwhip

The final bolster is cut out and fit the to lash.  A bolster between plaited layers is another important step because once it’s braided over it will fill up the air holes that would be left between two braided layers if a bolster wasn’t used.  It will also add weight and shape to the whip.

bolster

The bolster is bound to the handle by artificial sinew.

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Next the knot foundation is attached to the handle.

Indiana Jones Bullwhip

The overlay is cut out.

12 plait kangaroo

Here’s the remaining kangaroo skin after the 12 plait overlay has been cut out:

Indiana Jones Bullwhip

 

Now the most time consuming part, braiding the overlay.

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The picture above is about 2 1/2 feet into the overlay.  I’ve got another 5 ish feet to go today, then I still need to do the knots and wrist loop.  With a bit of luck this bullwhip will ship out to its new owner Friday morning.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

8 Foot Indiana Jones Style Bullwhip

8 Foot Indiana Jones Style Bullwhip

Yesterday I got a call with an order for an 8 foot Indiana Jones style bullwhip.  Luckily I’m caught up on my current orders and have a couple days off before I leave town, so I should have enough time to finish this before I leave.

I was out of natural tan kangaroo, so I made trip up to visit everyone at David Morgan to pick out a skin.

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I picked out a skin a little bit larger than I needed and hopefully I’ll have enough leftover for another small project. The kangaroo skin is a 72dm skin:

bull whip

Then I trimmed off the edges:

veg tanned kangaroo

and cut out the two bellies:

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That left me with a skin that looks like this:bull whip

After cutting out the bellies I made the core and cleaned up the spike that will be the handle.

bullwhip core

Currently the core has a coat of grease that’s soaking in and today I should have time to at least get both plaited bellies finished.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Indy Style Bullwhip #IndianaJones

Indy Style Bullwhip #IndianaJones

I finished this bullwhip about a month ago in my spare time, but never took any pictures of it and it’s just hung on my wall.

Indiana Jones style bullwhip

It’s an 8 foot Indiana Jones Style Bullwhip made with two bellies, two bolsters and a 12 plait kangaroo overlay.  Here’s a quick test cracking video:

I just listed it for sale on my IN STOCK whips page and right now I’m offering it at 10% off  with FREE SHIPPING!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Indy Style Bullwhip

Indy Style Bullwhip

This 8 foot bullwhip that I’m working on is being made in the style of the bull whip used by Indiana Jones.  I’m pretty rigid with what a bullwhip has to have to be considered an Indiana Jones Bullwhip. I think the minimum exterior must meet the following conditions:

  1. 12 plait ending at a 6 plait point
  2. Whitehide fall
  3. 5 X 4  3 pass turkshead knot on butt of handle
  4. 5 X 4  2 pass turkshead knot on the handle to lash transition
  5. 6 plait wrist loop
  6. Single diamond (checkerboard) plait on handle
  7. 4 seam plait on lash.
  8. natural tan or aged natural tan in color

All of the bullwhips in the first 3 movies had those qualities.  Now if it’s a fourth movie, the conditions are a little bit different. If you don’t understand what any of those conditions mean, feel free to let me know in the comments and I’ll clarify a bit for you.

I’m amazed how every whip on Ebay is INDIANA JONES BULLWHIP, however it you look at them the are simply a whip…not an Indiana Jones Bullwhip!

Here’s a progress report on the Indiana Jones Style Bull Whip that I’m working on now.

Right now I have the plaiting finished:

indy bullwhip

 

Later today I should have the the knots and wrist loop put on.  After that there is still all the finishing that needs to happen before it’s complete.

Louie
P.S.

P.S. From night now until I wake up on Tuesday morning (5/28/13) all:

In Stock Whips are 20% off

Made to Order Bullwhips are 15% off

Indiana Jones Bullwhips…

Indiana Jones Bullwhips…

I was in Florida about a week ago and I posted pictures and video recently of bullwhip used in the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular show.  One thing that I noticed while I was down there is that they no longer sell an “Indiana Jones” bullwhip in their gift shops.

The pitch bullwhip that they used to sell wasn’t very good and since they were selling them to kids a very dangerous thing!  I wonder if they are just out of them and will sell them again in the future or if Disney is out of the whip business?

For now if you are at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and need to buy a whip you’ll have to get this:

bullwhip

While it’s a small whip, it’s about as usable as the bullwhip they used to sell!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Bullwhip Cracking Video from Hollywood Studios!

Bullwhip Cracking Video from Hollywood Studios!

Here’s some video of the bullwhip cracking sequence from the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s in Florida:

 

I know it’s not the best quality video, but then if you really want to see it clearly I recommend a trip to see the show live!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org