How To Make a Whip Fall

How To Make a Whip Fall

Today I made some Latigo Whip Falls.  They are pretty simple to make (as far as leather projects go).  First I use a yard stick to score lines in the side of latigo:

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Then I cut out the falls using a desktop lace cutter:

bull whip fall - latigo

 

I cut them out by following the scored lines with the blade in the lace cutter and that leaves me with individual strips of leather:

How to make a bull whip fall

 

The next step it to cut a slit in the fall.  I have a block of cardboard that is duct taped together.  I put the blade through the latigo and then pull on the fall keeping the blade stationary:

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And then I pare all four corners of the fall:

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and that gives me the almost finished latigo whip falls:

bull whip fall - latigo

All that’s left is to grease them and then they are good to go!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

 

Cutting Lace!

Cutting Lace!

I’m working on a plaiting project right now where I’m doing an 8 plait four seam braid over metal rods.  This means that I need to cut out a lot of lace.  I’ve found the fastest way to do this is to cut out one long strand, pair it and then cut it to the desired lengths.  I’ve tried cutting out 8 stand sets at the proper length, but there is a lot of time wasted in the paring when switching from strand to strand.

For this project I decided to use my David Morgan Lace Cutter since there is no taper to the strands.

kangaroo lace

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I’m hoping to  have this project finished tomorrow afternoon!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Fall Cutting Trick!

Fall Cutting Trick!

I love figuring out new things!  While this is new to me, I’m sure someone else has thought of it before.  I was cutting out falls and  I’ve got a pretty simple process for cutting falls, but it’s fairly time consuming and a pain in the butt.

Here’s the old process:

1. Score a line with a straight edge and box cutter on the side of fall leather.  I make lines for the amount of falls I’m going to cut out.  So basically I draw out the falls with a blade using the straight edge as a guide.

2. Cut the falls out of the side of fall leather as a block.

3. One at a time cut the falls off the block using the score line as a guide.

4. Pare them.

5. Grease and round them.

The part I hated was the cutting them off the block of scored falls.  This was a pain because I had to hold the box cutter very firmly and work pretty slowly.  I also had to make sure the blade was as close to a 90 degree angle to the fall leather as possible.

Here’s my new process:

1. Score a line with a straight edge and box cutter on the side of fall leather.  I make lines for the amount of falls I’m going to cut out.  So basically I draw out the falls with a blade using the straight edge as a guide.

2. Cut the falls out of the side of fall leather as a block.

3. Cut the individual falls out of the block using my Lace Cutter

Latigo Bullwhip Falls

This made the cutting out process really easy for a few reasons.  First the blade is fixed at a 90 degree angle, so I don’t have to worry about keeping that angle.

Second I normally hold the blade with my right hand, but with the lace cutter I could pull with  my right hand and guide with my left instead of pulling and guiding with only my left hand.

Finally I have the blade set so it’s at an angle so the top end is further forward from the bottom.  What that does is have the blade grab the score and ride it through the leather keeping it lined up with the score.

Here’s the cut out latigo falls:

Latigo Bullwhip Falls

4. Pare them.
Latigo Bullwhip Falls

5. Grease and round them.

Latigo Bullwhip Falls

I’m always amazed at how much the falls stretch and shrink during the rounding process.  These stretched about 2 1/2 inches!   If you need a latigo fall you can get them on my Whip Accessories Page!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org 

Not a whip…

Not a whip…

Yesterday I was messing around with my new lace cutter (I’ll post more on the lace cutter after I’ve used it a bit more) and I made this 16 plait bracelet:

plaited kangaroo bracelet
plaited kangaroo bracelet
plaited kangaroo bracelet

This striped pattern was a bit tricks to figure out how to do it off the 8 plait round, but I think it turned out pretty well.

In bullwhip news I’m working on a long handled bullwhip that will have  sharkskin handle…I’ve got the both bellies and bolsters finished and the overlay cut out.   So the next step will be plaiting.

Louie

David Morgan Lace Cutter!

David Morgan Lace Cutter!

A while ago I bought the last Lace Cutter that David Morgan had.  After being unavailable they’ve just had a new batch made up and they are available again!

Bullwhip making tool by David Morgan

Personally I love this lace cutter and get a ton of mileage out of mine.  I use it for cutting out lace for knots and wrist loops.

It’s also great for making 8 plait bullwhips that finish in an 8 plait point.  Usually when I make whips like that I cut the point a bit wide then as I’m making the bullwhip I taper it.  The David Morgan Lace cutter is a great tool to do that evenly with.  What I do when I need the width of the strand to get a bit thinner is I set the Lace cutter a bit thinner and run the lace through it, then pare the side I just cut.  It’s a pretty fast operation and works well for me.

This size of this lace cutter made it very easy to hold comfortably in your hand while cutting, and your hand won’t cramp up if you are cutting a mountain of lace.  It’s light weight and because of it’s simple design it’s very durable!

You can get them at: http://www.davidmorgan.com/product_info.php?products_id=1139

Louie
http://bullwhips.org