Unique Way of Tying a Knot!

Unique Way of Tying a Knot!

I recently had a stock whip handle come in for a repair.  This whip belonged to someone that was a former rodeo performer.  Here’s  the handle when it got to me:

stock whip repair

Here’s the lash (he didn’t send me the lash, so I never got to see it in person):

stock whip lash

And a close up of the broken keeper:

stock whip repair

Nothing too exciting.  When I went to untie the knot, I realized what looked like a two pass knot, was actually one pass!

stock whip repair

The maker had tooled a line down the middle of the lace so that it appeared to be two pass knot!  I’d never seen this, or even considered doing it this way. They also did this with the heel knot to make it appear to be a three pass, when it was only one:

stock whip repair

To make this a more fun repair for me, I decided I was going to try to replicate the lace that was on the stock whip handle.  My first attempt was to take my fid and run it down the middle of a piece of lace.  It was a lot of work and turned out really sloppy and I forgot to take pictures of it.

For the second attempt I dug out  my lace cutter and had the blade barely poke out and ran a piece of lace over it.

leather lace cutter

This did work, but upon comparing it to the original lace it wasn’t what the original maker did. Also the slit in the lace was so thin, it really won’t show up until the whip gets used a bit and it gets dirty in the slit.

turkshead knot

My next idea was to use the tool in the picture below (I don’t know what the tool is called) and cut a little channel in  the leather lace:

turkshead knot

It took me two tries to get the channel straight, but it ended up working out and I think this is the method that it looks like the original maker used. Here’s how mine turned out:

stock whip repair stock whip repair

If you had some sort of tool that you ran the lace over and were mass producing whips, this would be an effective way to save some time.  Obviously it only works if everything is pretty much the same size.  Based on how this whip was made, the maker was cranking them out, and not concerned with leaving little gaps.

This stock whip handle is on the way back to it’s owner!

Louie

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Knot to Easy…

Knot to Easy…

A while ago I was contacted to work on a custom project for a company that wanted me to make a lot of 4 plait braids with a lot of basic Spanish Ring Knots on them.  While not a technically demanding or mentally challenging project this company would have ordered a lot of them.  These would have been for resale so they’d be paying a wholesale/bulk rate.  I started making a sample and got about an inch and a half into the knots and here’s what I turned up:

braided necklace

Here’s the thing based on my time with the first five knots and extrapolating that out the five inch sample would have cost them around $300 in labor alone! While nothing was hard on this the knots were just a time killer!  Sure I could have cut some corners here and there like not properly anchoring the knots, but then over time they would loosen and slide around.  I could also have simply tied the knots and not gone back to retighten them, but again over time the would become loose and slide around.  So this project was abandoned and this little sample has been kicking around on my desk for a while.  The main reason I’m posting this is that I’m cleaning off my desk and I’m throwing it away, but figured I’d take a picture before it goes in the trash.

The moral of this story is while simple knots aren’t hard they are time suckers!

Louie
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Another 8 foot Bullwhips almost finished…

Another 8 foot Bullwhips almost finished…

Yesterday I got a bit more plaiting in on an 8 foot KotCS bullwhip.  I didn’t think I’d get any of the overlay worked on during the weekend, but I got it all done and I also gave this bullwhip it’s first roll (I’ll roll it again after the knots are put on).

Indiana Jones Kingdom of the Crystal Skull style bullwhip

This bullwhip was given a few test flicks yesterday on my deck and it’s got a nice crack to it.  Next step is for the knots and then a roll and finally shellac.

Hopefully I’ll be able to get it out in the mail today…but I have a ton of other work that needs to be done (for my performing business) so I may not get to the knots today.

Louie

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10 footy Bullwhip in the Hopper…

10 footy Bullwhip in the Hopper…

Today I started cutting out the set for a 10 foot 12 plait bullwhip that is going to be in the KotCS style. I’ve got the two bellies cut out and a bit of the overlay started. A

10 foot bullwhip set

I still need to stretch, cut and split the two bellies.

Also I’m plaiting the overlay of a 4 foot bullwhip. The four foot red kangaroo bullwhip has a spring steel handle and will have a much slimmer profile than most of my whips.

Earlier today I finished a 6 foot Indy Bullwhip (Morgan style) and I’ll try to take a picture of it tomorrow. Somehow my knots had declined in look compared to how David Morgan makes his. Then I got a couple of tips from Paul Nolan and now my knots look much better.

I think there was a combination of things that made my knots look “flat”, I was using a thinner sinew, and technique. So I switched to a thicker sinew and tweaked my technique and the knots are nice and indy shaped now.

Louie

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