I finished up and shipped out an 8 foot bullwhip.
This is the one that had the lower heel knot profile. By putting it on at a lower layer, it did give is a smaller look while still using the same amount of lead. So that worked out nicely!
Currently I’m working on an Indy bullwhip made the way that David Morgan makes them. There are a several differences in construction in how David Morgan makes his whips and how I normally make mine. The main ones are:
- When the lead is put on the handle foundation.
- How the wide end of the bolster is shaped.
- How the filler strands are shaped.
- Wear leather.
- Core shape
- How the lead is capped
Currently I’ve got the inner belly plaited:
Today at the very least I should be able to get the inner bolster finished.
Here’s a couple of pictures of the 8 foot bullwhip that I shipped out yesterday (before shellacing it).
The butt knot on this bullwhip is more Morgan-esque than what I was making about 3 months ago. It seems that my new method for doing the butt is working. My next thing to do work on is giving the handle a slimmer profile. This bullwhip has a very slight taper up to from the handle to the thong.
I’ve also started an 8 foot KotCS bullwhip. I’ve plaited the first belly and attached the first bolster.
I’ve also already cut out the 2nd belly for this bullwhip, but I probably won’t get to do any work on it until Tuesday-ish because I’m going to be out of town performing today and Monday.
Right now my all of bullwhip orders have all been fulfilled! Which is good because I go on vacation Wednesday morning and now work would get done on them. My current bullwhip project is an 8 foot indy style bullwhip which will hopefully get finished before I leave.
Right now I’ve got the overlay cut and pared, it just needs to be plaited. I pared the strands a bit chunkier than I normally do to give it more of the Morgan look. I’m really starting to get the Morgan Indy look down.