6 Foot Bullwhip

6 Foot Bullwhip

I started work on a 6 foot bullwhip.  This will will have an 8 plait overlay.  I went up to David Morgan and picked up a 58 dm kangaroo skin for this:

how to make a bullwhip

Here’s the skin trimmed and the core cut out:

how to make a bullwhip

Here’s the inner belly cut out:

how to make a bullwhip

Today I should be able to get the inner layers of this bullwhip completed.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Making an Apple Watch Band

Making an Apple Watch Band

I got an Apple Watch recently and I don’t like the band it comes with, so I decided I’m going to try to make my own. I remember seeing David Morgan wear a watchband that was kangaroo and I remember seeing it an old David Morgan catalog, but couldn’t find it on their website.

A quick drive up to visit everyone at David Morgan and we found an old catalog that had it listed:

David Morgan Catalog

For some reason I thought they made them in house, but they were imported from Australia.  Not only did they find the catalog for me to look at, they also managed to find a couple of the watch bands!  One was new and one was used:

Here’s the front and back of the used one:
Plaited Leather Watch Band Plaited Leather Watch Band

And here’s the new one:

Plaited Leather Watch BandPlaited Leather Watch BandPlaited Leather Watch Band
As you can see it’s a pretty simple design.  It’s got the plaited strap, then the flat leather part.  I don’t know the technical name for the leather part that’s not plaited, so I’ll just call it the flat leather part. You can see it’s got some edge plaiting on the flat leather part.  I don’t do a lot of edge plaiting, so I looked it up in Bruce Grant’s book Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather Braiding and to my surprise I found the same watch band and the picture was supplied by David Morgan!

Bruce Grant leather book

Will Morgan was nice enough to show me an early edition of the book that Bruce autographed to David Morgan:

Bruce Grant leather book   Bruce Grant leather book

Now that I had my foundation, it was time to make the actual watch band, we’ll get into that in another post.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

8 foot stock whip

8 foot stock whip

My current project is making an 8 foot stock whip.  This whip will have a 12 plait handle and an 8 plait lash. I’m starting with a 61 decimeter kangaroo skin that I picked up yesterday at David Morgan.

stock whip

For the handles I’m using a fiberglass stock whip handle.  I got a bunch of these many years ago from David Morgan, they had surplus’d them.

stock whip

Today I should get the handle finished and hopefully get all of the leather cut out for the lash.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Short Bullwhip

Short Bullwhip

My current project is working on a 4 1/2 foot bullwhip with a 12 inch handle.  I’m using a 57 dm veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo skin that I got from David Morgan:

kangaroo skin

This bullwhip will have a core, plaited belly, two bolsters and a 12 plait overlay. Here’s the first bolster sitting on the plaited belly:

how to make a bullwhip

And here’s the bolster after it has been tied onto the belly:

how to make a bullwhip

I then attached the 2nd bolster (not pictured) and cut out the 12 plait overlay:

bull whip

Tomorrow I’ll get onto plaiting the overlay.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Riding Crop

Riding Crop

I recently had an order come in for a 24 plait riding crop in brown kangaroo.  Here’s the riding crop before a coat of shellac:
Riding Crop
And after a coat of shellac:

riding crop

Here’s a close up of some of the plaiting:

riding crop

The core of this riding crop is cane that was wrapped in rawhide.  Next up is making an 8 foot 4 plait cowhide bullwhip.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Making a Six Foot Bullwhip

Making a Six Foot Bullwhip

Right now I’m working on a six foot 12 plait bullwhip in natural tan kangaroo.  I had some natural tan in stock, so I didn’t need to drive up to David Morgan to pick up a kangaroo skin.  I’m using a 57dm skin, however I also found a belly that I had cut out  a while ago for something else, but for whatever reason didn’t use in black kangaroo.  Since this will be in the inside of the whip you won’t see it.

bull whip

Currently I have both bellies and bolsters finished.

bull whip

Next up is to put some lead on for the knot foundation on get to work on the overlay.

People always ask how I can cut out the overlay before I’ve got the inner layers finished. It’s pretty simple, I know about what the strand widths should be and cut them a smidge wider than that.  I then will resize them once the inner layers are finished.

On the surface it sounds like it’s more work than cutting it later, however it actually saves me time.  By doing all of one task at the same time (i.e. strand cutting) it saves time in set up and clean up.  Regardless of what point I cut the strands they still need to pared which also accomplishes the resizing.

The more I make whips, the more I’m looking for ways to save time…not cut corners, but to save time by eliminating steps that are duplicate, like sweeping the floor twice or putting away the leather only to take it back out an hour later. While these are small amounts of time, when you add them all up they can add up to a decent chunk of time.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Cutting Leather…

Cutting Leather…

Yesterday I got some braiding done and cut out some of the lace for the whips.  Here’s a couple of overlays and an inner and out belly:

bullwhip

I’m always amazed at how fast the inner layers of the whip get made, it’s the final layer that takes all the time, especially when I already have the bolsters cut out.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org