I just finished a 5 foot 12 plait bullwhip.
The knot used at the end of the handle of this bullwhip is a slightly longer knot than I normally use on a bullwhip. I was playing around with the knot and think the longer knot looks good…what do you think?
If you’re interested in this bullwhip, I just added it to my IN STOCK whips page. Up next for me is to finish up a budget bullwhip and a cat o’ nine tails that have been sitting on my hook forever waiting to be finished!
I just noticed I was low on lead sheets that I use to add weight to handles of bullwhips.
My local store that used to sell it no longer does, so I had to go get some on Amazon.
I also had a dog lead come in for a repair. It had some strands at the clip end in that had broken and it needed a new knot near the wrist loop.
To repair the broken strands I cut them off at the clip end and folded the leash over on itself and back braided it. Then I tied it all off and put a knot over it. Now the clip end is now like the end of a set of horse reins.
I also gave it a hit of Pecard Leather Dressing because the dog lead was a bit dry. It drank it up and now it looks almost brand new!
A couple of nights ago I made a little letter opener that has a plaited handgrip and a sting ray barb for the “blade”. This was inspired by this project: http://khww.net/tuts/leoisambert/barbedstingrayletteropener.pdf
Here’s what I ended up making:
There are a few differences between my finished project and the one above, however the main one is that I removed the “barbs” from the sting ray barb. This for me was purely a safety issue, the guy who I got the sting ray barb from sent me a long email warning me about how nasty getting one of them in your hand can be. I didn’t want anyone to accidentally stab themselves with a barb while opening the cable bill!
Also the plaited hand grip was achieved not by braiding in the traditional whip making sense. It’s actually tied like a turks head. For me that was a fun challenge because I don’t do long knots very often. The know is a 6 bight knot and I didn’t count the parts before I put the turks heads on the ends, so I don’t now the number of parts. However I do know that it’s be a 24 plait if I was counting like it was braided.
For me covering it with lace tied as a knot took a lot longer than if I were to plait over it, however I was making this for fun, not to see how fast I could make it!
The overall length is a hair shorter than 11 inches with the sting ray barb being about 5 inches.
If you are interested in this 24 Plait Kangaroo Sting Ray Barb Letter Opener visit: http://bullwhips.org/bullwhip_store/viewitem.php?productid=200
P.S. I’ve posted an update on the Choose Your Own Bullwhip ebay auction. For details visit: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220965764135
After trying out some of the knots in the Turkshead Cookbook with kangaroo, I have some opinions about the book and tool. These might change after doing more knots with it.
This book has tons and tons of turkshead knots and it’s a great resource to have around.
The main thing for me is that it’s hard to guage how thick the kangaroo lace should be when tying the knot on the tool and not directly to the whip. I was making them too wide or too thin strands. When tying directly to the whip you know pretty early if the lace is the right size. With the tool you have to tie the knot, then move it to the whip and tighten it before you know how well it’s going to fit.
I did do all my experimenting with knots that were new to me, and I’m sure that if I did knots that I knew how to tie the outcome would have been better…but since the knots that I already know I can do from memory I don’t need the tool for those (that’s why we didn’t try it with those knots).
I think my plan of actions with the Knot Tool and Turkshead Cookbook will be to learn one or two new knots with the Turkshead Tool and keep practicing them with the tool…and eventually work them out to memory (or semi memory) so that I can tie them directly to the bullwhip.
I also just ordered Introduction to Turksheads by Tom Hill. In case you haven’t notices I’m working right now to improve my turksheads and my turkshead vocabulary.
Today I only have one morning show, so I’ll probably get a chance to make a stockwhip thong for my handle. I still need to take a picture of the stockwhip handle. I’ll probably do that after I shellac it.
This morning I started work on a 10 foot 12 plait kangaroo bullwhip. I was attaching the core to the handle foundation and it got me thinking about methods I’ve used in the past. Currently when I make my kangaroo bullwhips I make the handle so that there is no wobble in butt of the whip. I attached the knob as firmly as I can, and using techniques that I picked up from Joe Strain awhile ago, I think I’ve got it down.
In the past I used to take a layer of leather glue (contact cement) and put it on the handle foundation and between all the leather layers on the whip. That gave me a pretty firm handle with no wobble or twist. The problem with that is with the addition of glue you are adding a substance that doesn’t need to be in the whip. Also I don’t know how glue would effect the longevity of the whip’s handle.
My current method is basically just correctly binding or tacking everything in place. It seems to work out just fine! It’s been a while since I’ve done a kangaroo bullwhip, so I’m excited to get back to work on the roo (it’s soo much nicer to work with!).