Right now I’m working on a 20 plait kangaroo bosal. This one is thicker than my first one. I made the core out of twisted rawhide, then twisted another piece of rawhide over the top of it to build it up in size. Here’s the bosal as it is right now:
I need to build up the area between the knots in the middle of it. I’ve read in several places that a lot of people use tape to do it. Personally I don’t think that tape belongs inside anything braided. For example a lot of people use tape in the shotbags of their whips or to splice bolsters. I’ve figured out other ways of making shortbags, etc so that I don’t have to use tape in my whips…it just doesn’t seem like it belongs in a quality whip.
In my first bosal I built the knot shape up by wrapping the bosal with waxed thread, similar to shaping or building up a bullwhips knot foundation. That’s what I plan to do with this bosal.
I think the reason a lot of people use tape to shape the nose button of their bosal is that it’s faster or easier than building it up with thread or string. Easier and faster doesn’t alway mean better…
This bullwhip has gone a bit faster than I expected it to. All that is left is for me to tie the transition knot and shellac it. Below is a picture of the whip with both bellies plaited, but the last bolster hasn’t been added.
I’m almost out of kangaroo skins, I have a few left, but more should be arrive on Friday. I need to look at what I have on hand and mentally calculate what I can make. I know I have at least an 8 foot in natural, and maybe enough for another 8 foot KotCS (but at least a 6 foot KotCS).
On Friday I’ll be out of town in the Portland area, so no work on whips will be done from Friday to Sunday.
Yesterday I got some whipcracking in, lately the weather has been horrible. I got some test cracks in with the 10 foot KotCS as well and some more two handed practice in. Here’s me giving the 10 foot a few cracks (before I had put the knots on)!
The method I’m using to attach the lead to the base of the handle has gotten a lot better. I’m using several tips from Joe Strain and it’s giving me a knot foundation that doesn’t have any wiggle.