I just went up to David Morgan to pick up some veg tanned, drum stuffed kangaroo!
Personally when I get kangaroo, I prefer the drum stuffed kangaroo. What drum stuffed means is that they have grease/oils worked into the skins in a large drum. You get even penetration of the grease into the skin and it gets worked in deeper than when you buy a dry skin and have to work it in by hand.
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:
And here’s the finished bullwhip (before a coat of shellac).
Right now I’m working on a six foot 16 plait Australian style bullwhip. It’s got a 12 inch spring steel handle, I’m using a thicker spring steel than I used to use, so there is less flex to the handle and more weight.
I’ve got the insides of the bullwhip finished and I’m working on the overlay now. Here’s the finished handle:
Currently I have about 2 feet of this bullwhip. It has the zig zag plaiting on the handle, then it goes to a six seam (chevrons) at the transition and regular four seam (whip maker’s plait) for the thong.
Doing different patterns feels like a lot more work than doing 12 plait…but I think it just feels that way. My hands have the muscle memory for 12 plait work, with this bullwhip I have to keep going back to fix misplaits from my hands wanting to braid it like a 12 plait bullwhip.