Latigo Falls

Latigo Falls

It always feels like I’m constantly out of falls, no matter how many I cut out at any time.   Last night I cut out a batch of falls.  To speed things up a little bit I cut them out with a yoke at the wider end:

latigo bull whip falls

 

After I cut them out I punch a hole in the yoke and hang them on the hook by the hole.  Next I pare both top sides, then flip the yoke over and pare the other two sides.  Once they are pared I cut the slit in them, give them a hit of grease and round them.

bullwhip falls

This is a pretty quick and easy way to make a bunch of falls that saves a bit of time over individually having to flip each fall.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

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:

bull whip fall - latigo

 

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

 

 

6 foot 8 plait bullwhip

6 foot 8 plait bullwhip

My current project that I’m finishing up is a six foot 8 plait kangaroo bullwhip.  This bullwhip has two plaited bellies and two bolsters.  Here’s it as of last night:

bullwhip

I cut out the fall, but am trying something new with this one.  What I did was cut out the fall with an “oval” sort of shape for the slit instead of a line:
Bull whip

The theory here is to reduce a little bit of the bulk at the fall hitch. Because you need to add a fall at the fall hitch and tie off the plaiting there’s no way to completely eliminate the slight flare at that point.  And honestly how much of a difference does taking out 1mm of bulk do?  Probably not much. While the fall hitch is bulkier that the plaiting right before it, the fall is generally lighter and more flexible that the point of the whip.  So once the whip has its (very) slight slow down at the fall hitch it jumps back up in speed as it hits the fall.  Or at least that’s how it goes in my head.

I’ve also recently switched back from hanging the whip on loops of kangaroo lace on my hooks to hanging it by the yoke at the end:
bullwhip

This change is mostly because it’s easier and faster on my end to simply punch some holes than to loop lace that keeps falling off my hook and disappearing between whips.

Louie
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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 

Stock Whip

Stock Whip

Yesterday I  started a 4 plait stock whip with a latigo lash and finished up the handle this morning:

stock whip

stock whip

This whip has a great crack to it!  Since it’s made from latigo which is heavier than veg tanned leather it doesn’t have a plaited belly, but does have a latigo core.  Another thing I did was thin the latigo down as I went down the lash.  So it’s full thickness at the beginning of the plaiting, then about 1/3 of the way I thinned it down a bit and they about 2/3’s of the way down I thinned it down a bit more.

Louie
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Budget Bullwhip

Budget Bullwhip

This morning I put the knots on and test cracked a 5 foot budget bullwhip.

bullwhip

This has a 4 plait leather overlay, red latigo fall and polypro cracker.   I had some fun this morning swinging the bullwhip around in my living room, this bullwhip has a great crack!  It’s listed on my IN STOCK whips page.

Now that all of my in progress projects have been completed I can start some new projects.  I’m planning on starting a few 5 foot 8 plait kangaroo bullwhips.

Louie
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Visiting David Morgan’s Shop…

Visiting David Morgan’s Shop…

Yesterday I happened to be in Bothell and popped by David Morgan’s shop.  It’s been a while since I’ve been there for more than a few minutes and the first time I’ve hung out in the braiding area since they remodeled.  I have a great time talking to Meagan, Will, Mike and Alex while I was there.

I’m planning on making a plaited belt that will have plastic D’s instead of metal ones for going through  metal detectors when I travel.  So I picked up a few plastic D’s while I was there.  Also about a year ago I cracked Will Morgan’s  pair of SKT stockwhips and liked them and while chatting with Alex somehow the SKT stockwhips came up in the conversation and I ended up buying one.

stock whip

They still have a few of these left in stock over at David Morgan’s shop and they would make a great Christmas present.  For more info on these stockwhips visit: http://www.davidmorgan.com/product_info.php?products_id=1151.

Yesterday I also managed to get the handle plaited on the 16 plait bullwhip that I started a couple of days ago and today I should be able to get a bit more of the lash finished.  I’ll post pics later today or tomorrow.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Stock Whip

Stock Whip

Ever since I visiting Paul and Lauren at Midwest Whips and got to crack some stockwhips, I’ve wanted one…and when Adam Winrich was in town it reinforced it!

This evening I made a simple stock whip from Red Latigo.

stock whip

The plan of this whip was pretty simple, a 4 plait latigo overlay and with tear drop shaped piece of veg tanned cowhide as the core.  One thing that I did do to the overlay in addition to tapering and paring the strand was I split them at at taper.  So the thickness of each leather strand at the keeper end is thicker than the point.

stockmans whip

Another thing you’ll notice is that there is no plaited  handle.  There are a couple of reasons for this.  The main one is that I didn’t have any kangaroo lace kicking around that was thick enough to do a 4 plait handle.  Also with this being a whip for sport cracking and a whip that I don’t plan on using for too long, I’m not too worried about it slipping out of my hand.  If it was a whip that was to be used by an actual cowboy, I would have put in a handgrip.

I gave it a few flicks before I put the heel knot foundation on it and determined it needed a bit of lead.  I added a one  by six inch strip of lead and then put the knot over that and I think it handles much better!

Louie
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Bullwhips in progress…

Bullwhips in progress…

Right now I’m working on a few bullwhips.  I’ve got a 16 foot 12 plait bullwhip in the works and so far I have the two bellies finished, but still need to do the last bolster and overlay:

bullwhip

A bit ago I just finished a 4 plait bullwhips:

bullwhip

Tomorrow I’ll start work on the final bolster of the 16 foot bullwhip and begin cutting out the overlay.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org