Yesterday I got started working on an 8 foot bullwhip. I started by trimming the kangaroo skin.
Then I cut off some thin strips of leather to make a 5 plait wrist loop
Then I got started on the main body of the whip.
The inner plaited belly is made from a different skin from the outer belly and overlay. Normally this would be made from the same skin as the rest of the whip’s braided layers. The reason for that is to economically using the kangaroo skin and reducing waste.
Today I’ll get started on the inner bolster and outer belly.
I’m starting work on an 8 foot, 12 plait bullwhip. It’s going to be made with whiskey colored veg tanned, drum stuffed kangaroo. I ran up to David Morgan this morning and picked up this skin.
One great thing about buying my kangaroo skins from them is they always have great skins. Right now with the current COVID restrictions is that while I couldn’t go in to pick out my own skin, the crew there knows what a whip maker wants in a skin.
The largest they had was a 58 dm skin and for an 8 foot whip, ideally I’d have at least a 65dm skin. That means that I’ll have to cut up a leftover kangaroo center for one of the bellies. I really hate wasting prime kangaroo skin on a belly, but sometimes that’s what has to happen.
Right now I have more whips in stock that I think I ever have!
It’s because I had a lot of pretty big kangaroo skin “centers” and wanted to use them up. That’s also why most of these whips are in the 4-5 foot range is that I could easily make them from the centers.
Right now I have one center left in natural tan. I’m thinking I’m going to make signal whip out of it.
These whip’s overlays are made out of leftover centers of kangaroo that I had kicking around. That leather just happens to be the best leather on the kangaroo skin, but sometimes you end up with bits that are only good for a lace or two. Once you have a bunch of these, you can make whips out of them!
I just finished the overlay of a second four foot bullwhip.
It still needs to be rolled and knots added, but I did try it out and it’s got a great crack!
I’m making these whips production line style. I’m trying to make them all in stages at the same time. All of them will get the knots done at the same time, instead of having completing one whip then moving onto the next. When making more than one whip, doing it this way saves a lot of time.