8 Foot Bullwhip

8 Foot Bullwhip

Here’s a bullwhip that’s 8 feet long with a 12 plait two tone overlay:

bull whip

I’ve been working on this bullwhip off and on for a little bit.  It’s an order for a friend of mine that needed it mid-January, so I worked on it in between other projects.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a two tone whip with a plaited pattern.  It was fun to do!

It’s shipping out today, almost a month ahead of schedule!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

4.5 Two Tone Bullwhip

4.5 Two Tone Bullwhip

Here’s a 4 1/2 foot bullwhip that I finished making a long time ago, but haven’t listed for sale until now.  I was going to make it as part of a pair of whips, but never got around to making it’s match, so I’m selling it as a single whip.

bull whip

This bullwhip is normally $325, however I’m offering a Holiday Speical Price on it.  Right now you can get $25 discount on it, so it’s only $300 (with worldwide shipping included!).   To order it visit the IN STOCK whips page.

Order it for delivery in the USA before 12/20/16 and according to the USPS it will arrive by Christmas!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

4 Foot Bullwhip

4 Foot Bullwhip

I took a quick break from working on the 8 foot bullwhip to make a 4 foot 12 plait bullwhip.  This bullwhip will be in black kangaroo.  Here’s the skin:

bullwhip

and here’s the skin after it was trimmed:

bullwhip

Here’s the finished whip, it’s shipped out to its new owner.

bullwhip

Also with tomorrow being Thanksgiving, I should say there it still time to order a whip for Christmas.  Currently if you get the order in before 12/10/16 it will arrive by Christmas.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

16 Foot Bull Whip!

16 Foot Bull Whip!

Currently I’m working on a 16 foot bullwhip.  I’ve got the insides finished and the overlay cut out.

bullwhip

The biggest pain when making a longer whip is that as you are plaiting the strands, the ends are just tangling.  I’ve tried tying them in “tamales” and am not a fan of that method.  I don’t think it saves much time, as you have to untangle each strand as you braid it.  It really slows down my rhythm.  Personally I’d like to braid a bit, then stop and untangle over pull, untangle, pull, untangle…

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Kangaroo Skins at David Morgan!

Kangaroo Skins at David Morgan!

Last week I swung by David Morgan to pick up some kangaroo skins.

kangaroo

I always love visiting them!  I picked up two black kangaroo skins for a 16 foot whip I’m making and a saddle tan kangaroo skin.

Saddle Tan Kangaroo

bull whip

bull whip

bullwhip

I was also surprised to see that they now stock the veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo in “whiskey” color now!  So they have more than just black and natural tan…that’s great news!  If you need kangaroo for making whips, I always recommend getting it from David Morgan, you’ll always get a great skin!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

From the Mailbag…

From the Mailbag…

Here’s an email I got about whip making:

I am also a whip maker, though so far I have only made paracord whips. I am interested in getting started on leather whips but lack some of the tools. I am in the process of getting what I need, though, I don’t know the names of what I am supposed to be buying and I was wondering if you can point me in the right direction.
I am seeking the jig that is used to thin, cut and angle the lace.
I was wondering if you can lead me to a website, that would have the proper tools to get started on this craft.

If you are getting into leather whips I highly recommend getting David Morgan’s book Braiding Fine Leather.

It does a really good job of taking you through all the steps of how to prepare cut and prepare lace for braiding along with a few simple projects to work on.  I also recommend reading David’s book Whips and Whip Making which gives a nice overview into what goes into a bullwhip including a how to make the famous Indiana Jones Bullwhip.

I recommend learning to cut and pare lace by hand with a knife instead of using a jig.  Hand cutting is much faster to do and you will get better results because you can taper the lace much more easily.  With paracord your lace doesn’t taper simply because it can’t, however being able to taper is one of the HUGE advantages to using leather.

I do own a lace cutter / beveler and occasionally use it, however that’s only for very specific project and usually after I’m done using it, I think to myself it would have been faster by hand.  The guy that made mine I don’t think makes them anymore (his website is gone).   If you have your mind set on getting a lace cutter / beveler there’s always something like: http://www.gfeller.us/lacemaster.html  However for the price, personally I would (and did) put the time in and learned to do it free hand.

One of the huge disadvantages of only using a machine to cut and pare your leather is that you can’t easily resize it once you start braiding.  For example lets say I’m making a whip and the strands are a bit too wide for where they are on the whip, but I don’t want to drop them yet. The simple solution is to simply grab a knife and resize them while the whip is on the hook.  If you are using a machine logistically it gets complicated.

If you want something to cut there’s the Australian Stranders, however you won’t automatically be cutting great lace with them.

These do still have a bit of a learning curve and personally I think that time is better spent learning to do it by hand.  The safety bar on these makes it hard to switch between pieces of lace as well.  If you are making a whip you need to cut one piece for a little bit…disassemble the strander, reassemble it around the next piece and cut for a bit.  You’ll be repeating this process over and over and over again.  It’s really not a very good way to cut lace from a time stand point.

To sum it all up, if you are starting out as a leather braider I would recommend getting a box cutter and a box of blades.  I’d then call the David Morgan Company or Midwest Whips to see if they had a lower grade kangaroo skins that I could buy hack up while I’m learning to cut lace.  I know kangaroo costs more than cow, however kangaroo is easier to work with than cow.  Cutting cow leather and braiding it is EXTREMELY difficult compared to kangaroo, especially if you are doing anything over 12 plait.

Hope that helps!

Louie

 

 

 

 

Trimming a Kangaroo Skin

Trimming a Kangaroo Skin

Yesterday I got the kangaroo skin trimmed and the core of the whip attached to the handle.  I hurt my left wrist on Friday, so work on this whip will be going slower than normal as I can’t do much before it gets very painful.

Here’s the initial trim of the skin:

bullwhip kangaroo

The purpose of this is to simply take off the jagged edges of the skin.  This gives me smoother edges to cut around.  Then I cut out the two bellies:

whip kangaroo

These two bellies are for two different 4 foot whips.  I bought a kangaroo skin that would make two whips.

Next today is hopefully getting the belly and bolsters of the first whip finished (before my wrist starts hurting too bad).

Louie