Beginner’s Bullwhip

Beginner’s Bullwhip

I finally finished up a 6 foot 4 plait Beginner’s Bullwhip that I started a long time ago.  I’m glad I had time to finish it.

6 foot beginner's bullwhip

This bullwhip internally has a leather core, two leather bolsters and a 4 plait belly. It’s listed for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.

Next up on my list is to do a repair on a stock whip that needs a new fall!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

I’m finishing up a whip that I started a long time ago out of some scrap that was kicking around. It’s going to be a 4 plait bullwhip from cowhide.  I plaited the belly a long time ago:

how to make a bullwhip
I just cut out the belly and overlay:
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Next up will be braiding it and putting the knots on the whip.  However I had a couple of whips come in for a repair, so finishing up this bullwhip will have to wait until the repairs are done.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Beginner’s Bullwhip

Beginner’s Bullwhip

I’ve got another Beginner’s Bullwhip in the works.
beginner's bullwhp

These whips have a plaited belly and a 4 plait cowhide overlay.  They are designed for someone who wants to try out whip cracking without investing in a kangaroo whip.  I’ll finish this whip up when I have some more free time and I’ll list in on my IN STOCK whips page.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhips everywhere!

Bullwhips everywhere!

I’m always amazed in my travels how many whips I run into.  Here’s one at a place that makes belts:

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Then a few weeks ago I was teaching a workshop for magicians in Omaha, NE.  One of the magicians attending mentioned to me he had some whips.  After the workshop I checked out what he had with him:

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whips

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whips

He know the who the makers of all the whips were except for one.  The whip below he didn’t know who made it, but said it had a great crack.
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Luckily I knew who made it…it was me!  Here’s the whip when it was new:

The whip had changed hands a couple of times over the years. It’s always great to see whips I’ve made!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Beginner’s Bullwhips

Beginner’s Bullwhips

The four beginner’s bullwhips are now finished.  Here are some in progress pictures:
beginner bullwhip

I put a braided belly into these. I think it gives them a bit of extra internal weight that has them throw better than simply having rolled leather (or some other filler)

beginner bullwhip

I don’t put any lead in the handle, these have a nice balance without adding any extra weight.

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These four have been shipped out to their new owner.  I still have two more to make.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Stock Whip Kit

Stock Whip Kit

I just shipped out a Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit to an aspiring whip maker.  You get all the parts of the whip including a DVD that takes you through all the steps to making a stock whip.

how to make a whip

This kit is a great way to try your hand at making a whip.  A stock whip is much easier to make than a bullwhip for a beginner and a great confidence booster before you take on a whip that’s more internally complex.

I don’t know how much longer I’ll offer these kits because they are a lot of work on my end to prepare and package all of the materials.  After all the labor I really don’t make much on them.

For more information about the Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit or to order a kit visit: http://bullwhips.org/?page_id=7374

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Kangaroo…

Kangaroo…

After I posted (original post here) about the kangaroo that Tandy LeatherFactory had recently started selling I got this email from Graham Packer Leather in Australia:

When we looked at the Tandy advert – we noticed  that they had described the leather as “Finished Kangaroo Leather”.. This wording is important as I understand that the leather was from an Italian producer.  This producer offers a Glazed Aniline leather – this leaner is produced with a veg retan process and then is lightly finished with Pigment.  The leather is made for really footwear.

You say that you will soak the leather in grease to soften it.

In reality – it will never feel like the Drum Stuffed whip leather that you normally use.

Your  comment are correct as to its origin and possible processing.

If you don’t know Packer makes what is in my opinion the best drum stuffed kangaroo you can get for whip making!

I agree with Graham’s assessment of the leather that Tandy is selling, it’s really unsuitable for whip making or braiding in general!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Beginner’s Bullwhip

Beginner’s Bullwhip

This morning I’m shipping out a 4 plait leather (cow) to  it’s new owner:

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These whips will do all the basic cracks and the 4 plait overlay is much more durable than a finer 16 plait bullwhip.

I’ve got one more of these Beginner’s Bullwhips in stock and they’re a great intro to whip cracking!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org