Bullwhips!

Bullwhips!

I just got started working on some bullwhips and some stockwhips.  I didn’t have enough kangaroo skins for the order, so I headed up to David Morgan to pick up some kangaroo:

kangaroo for making whips

I picked up a dozen kangaroo skins for the whips.  I got started on the bullwhips by making the cores (and plaiting one belly):

bull whip core

I’ve already got all the bolsters cut out. The next step is to get work on the cutting out the braided parts.

For larger orders like this to save time I try to work “production line” style.  Trying to do all of one thing for all the whips at the same time.  So I’ll cut out all the cores at the same time. Then I’ll attach them all at the same time. It saves a lot of time and mentally if I’m in a groove, I don’t get out of it by switching mental gears to another task.

Louie
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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
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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
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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