Stock Whip and a Riding Crop…

Stock Whip and a Riding Crop…

Today I finished a riding crop and made a stock whip.  The stock whip is another 4 plait one and this one is made from veg tanned cowhide instead of the Latigo like the last few.  This one is made with the same basic construction as the previous stock whips as well.

Stock whip

The riding crop I started working on last night is from kangaroo and it’s a 24  plait ending at 16 plait.  The core is made from rawhide with a cane center.  This one has a lot of fun plaiting in it.

Riding Crop

My favorite part is the black band in the middle of the riding crop.

I also put a thinner slapper on this one than I’ve used in the past.

I originally made this as something I was was thinking of using to donate to a raffle…but part of me wants to keep it for myself!  However I don’t know if I need more things in my closet that I’ve made.  For now this riding crop and the stock whip are for sale on my IN STOCK page.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Dog Leads!

Dog Leads!

I was cleaning up yesterday and I found a bunch of dog leads that I had made about a year ago.  All of these are cowhide leather except for one that’s kangaroo.  I had originally made about two dozen or so of these and sold them at a craft fair that benefited the preschool my daughter used to go to.  These are the ones that were unsold after the craft fair and I put them away and forgot about them.

These dog leads are made from veg tanned leather which is an environmentally friendly tanning process.  That’s something important to look for in any dog lead, something that’s not made with potentially poisonous chemicals that could potentially lead to health problems down the road for your dog.  So many of the leather dog leads that are mass produced and imported from places like India don’t tell you how the leather was tanned and you don’t know what you are getting.

Making dog leads is a good way to get use up smaller bits of leather that are left over from whip making.  I’ve listed these on my Dog Leads page.  All of these are in stock and ready to ship out!

One day I’ll make an in stock page for all the little odds and ends that I make with my left over kangaroo lace.  These are things like key fobs, bracelets, mini-horse tack, etc.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Stock Whip…

Stock Whip…

Yesterday I made the lash for a cowhide stock whip.  This one is 5 feet long has a core, plaited belly and 4 plait overlay.   Also FYI if I recall correctly technically this is a yard whip not a stock whip.

For this stock whip I cut out the core at 2.5 feet and it flares out to approx 35mm at the 6 inch point then tapering to a point at 2.5 feet.

Stock whip

Next I cut out the set for the belly:

Stock whip for sale

These started at about 9mm and tapered to a point at about 6.5 feet.  Next I braided the belly:

stock whip plaited belly

After braiding the belly I cut a hole in the yoke and trimmed it to make it attached to the stock whip handle. Next I cut out the overlay:

stock whip

These were initially cut at about 19 mm tapering to a point at about 7.5 feet.  However in paring I took a good 2 mm off of each strand. Finally I plaited the overlay, attached the fall and stuck it on an SKT Stock Whip handle:

stock whip - skt whips handle

Stock whip - 4 plait cowhide with plaited belly

I still need to make my own handle for this stock whip.  I put my lash on the SKT stock whip handle was that I wanted to crack it right away!  This whip has a good crack, but I think it can be improved.  I’m going to have a bit more weight out in the  point of it.  That will give it a bit more oomph!

Currently I have something like 5 heavy cane handles and 3 slightly lighter cane handles.  So that means my I’ll get a handle for this stock whip, then two pairs of stock whips.  After that I’ll try to make one half plait handle with a kangaroo lash and finally a pair of kangaroo stock whips with half plait handles.

I was sort of amazed at how quickly I was able to make this stock whip lash.  Honestly I really shouldn’t be that amazed because there’s not much to it (compared to a bullwhip with two bellies, two bolsters and a higher plait count).

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Another 16 plait bullwhip is finished!

Another 16 plait bullwhip is finished!

Yesterday I finished making the other 16 plait two tone bullwhip!  This bullwhip was cut out the same time as the last one, but I didn’t immediately bang it out.   This bullwhip is 6.5 feet long and made in black and saddle tan kangaroo.

bullwhip for sale

Here’s a close up of the handle:

Plaited pattern in handle

Another thing that I did with this bullwhip was putting a couple of plaited patterns in the lash.  I’ve never really don that aside from right off the end of the handle.  Here’s the birds eye plait:

Bullwhip for sale

And here’s the 2 X 2 squares:

Plaited pattern in whip's lash

With this bullwhip I took a lot of care as to how I got into and out of different patterns on the whip.  So that the plaiting flows well and symmetrically into and out of the different patterns on both the handle and the lash.

bullwhip

Here’s a close up of the coiled lash:

bullwhip for sale

This bullwhip is listed for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.

The next few whips that I’m planning to make are going to be stock whips.  In the past I’ve only made a few stock whips and they are something that I’d like to make more of and eventually a pair for myself.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Pair of Cowhide Bullwhips…

Pair of Cowhide Bullwhips…

I finished and shipped out the pair of cowhide bullwhips that I started working on earlier this week.

These whips have a nice crack and a pair of cowhide bullwhips would make a nice intro to two handed bullwhip cracking!  Unfortunately these were a pair that was made for someone so they aren’t available for sale.  However it was fun making these and I might try to make another pair in the next week or two.  First I need to finish work on the 16 plait bullwhip that I started last week.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Works in Progress…

Works in Progress…

This week has been a very busy week for me between performing, shipping out orders and squeezing in some family time.  The 16 plait bullwhip has the overlay cut out, but no strand prep has happened.

bullwhip

And the nice thing about that is because it’s a two tone bullwhip I actually cut out two complete sets, so once the first one is finished I can make another one pretty quick!

Yesterday I started work on a pair of 4 plait cowhide bullwhips.  I normally don’t make these bullwhips to order, you have to get them when I have them in stock.  I do this for two reasons:

1.  I don’t make a lot of money on them and I don’t want to be backed up making these for not a lot of profit.

2. They aren’t particularly challenging to make, so they aren’t fun for me to make!

However the person I’m making these for called and wanted two of them and I had one in stock.  So I figured why not make two of them as a pair to make it more interesting.  So I agreed and right now I have the plaiting completed one of them and the other is about 3/4 of the way finished.

bullwhips

I should have time to finish them and ship them out today (hopefully) and then I can get back to work on the 16 plait bullwhip.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Dog Whip?

Dog Whip?

Someone had emailed me recently asking me if I could make them a French Dog Whip.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find any info on a French Dog Whip, but I did find info on a German Dog Whip.  From my research I’ve learned that they really aren’t used in training dogs anymore because they don’t meet training standards for most competitions.   Currently from what I can tell they are mostly used for “Lifestyle Whip Cracking”.

I found the look interesting and decided to try to make one.  This was a bit of a challenge because aside from seeing a picture I have no idea how the thing is used.  Since it was a proof of concept type project I made this one in some leftover leather that I had kicking around.

Basically the whip consists of a long handle, lash and a slapper (loop of leather for a fall).  Also on the butt end there is a metal clip.  Here’s what I turned out:

dog whip

Apparently these whips used as slapping whips and were made by braiding from the slapper down towards the handle.  I didn’t do that.  From my research these whips are also to clip two or more dogs to the slapper.  Over time that would wear out the slapper and have it break in half.

For this whip the slapper is the filler for the lash of the whip.  However it if ever breaks, you can simply cut off the old one at the point add another slapper via the fall hitch without having to buy a whole new whip.

I gave the chair in my office a few good flicks with this and it was loud enough  for my wife to me in and see what the commotion was and she’s used to me cracking whips in the office.

This was a fun little project for me to make.  I just listed it for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Splitting Leather for Whip Making

Splitting Leather for Whip Making

One interesting area of whip making is splitting leather.  Some whip makers split everything, some nothing, some just bolsters, some just the bellies, some just the overlay or pretty much any combination of those.

If you don’t know what splitting is it’s when you run leather under a blade/knife to make it a more uniform thickness.  You can do this by hand with a knife or through a splitting machine:

As I understand it pretty much all leather leaves the tannery after going through some sort of splitting process to even out the leather.  So if  you buy leather it’s probably already been split.  That doesn’t necessarily mean the leather is the same thickness throughout.  It means it’s been evened out a bit.

Here’s a good example if you take a side of any time of leather off a cow (kip, calf or adult cow) there are firmer parts and stretchier parts.  So if you are cutting a bolster across the hide your bolster may be mostly firmer leather, but at some point have a bit of stretch.  That stretch is going to give you a thinner spot once you stretch the leather (yes I stretch my bolsters).  So a trip through a splitter after the bolster is cut out will make sure everything is more even.

Is this 100% necessary?

Nope.

It comes down to a matter of preference to the whip makers. Some makers like everything 100% uniform some like the the natural variance in leather.  No one way is right or wrong.  In theory if everything is uniform you’ll get more consistent whip…but since leather is a natural product that’s next to impossible because you have things like density of the leather that you can’t control.  Sure you can get pretty close, but not exact.  For example even if you cut a strand from the tail section of a kangaroo skin it’s going to be more dense than a strand from somewhere else.

Currently My thinking on splitting is I pretty much always split the core and bolsters.  The exception is on cheaper whips.  I split the bellies and overlays on a case by case basis.  That’s how I currently do it and that will probably change over time.

Here’s a quick splitting tip:  Keep you blade sharp!

osborne 86 splitter

I strop mine before and after every time I use it (or at least I try to)!

Right now I’m working on a matched pair of bullwhips.  These are going to be six feet long and because there are two bullwhips made from two different kangaroo skins I need to split them to get the the matched effect.

So for these bullwhips every layer will be split down to the same thickness.  This helps me match them as best as I can.

Here’s some in progress pictures of the pair of bullwhips:

matched bullwhip pair

bullwhip

matched bullwhip pair

Right now both inner bellies are finished and the next step will be cutting out and attaching the inner bolsters.  I also have already cut out a prepared the outer bellies, so hopefully today I’ll have the time to both out bellies plaited!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Alligator Handled Bullwhip is Finished!

Alligator Handled Bullwhip is Finished!

This afternoon I redid the transition knot on the Alligator Handled Bullwhip.  I took out the red from the transition knot and now the whole knot is black, but I left the red in the heel knot:

bull whip for sale

Alligator Exotic Leather Handled Bullwhip

This bullwhip is 5 feet long and the lash is 12 plait.

Alligator Exotic Leather Handled Bullwhip

I just listed this for sale on my IN STOCK whips page along with a 16 plait Riding Crop and a 12 plait Cat of Nine Tails.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Free Kangaroo Leather

Free Kangaroo Leather

I’m cleaning up my office and I realized that I’ve got tons of scrap kangaroo and cowhide leather kicking around (mostly kangaroo).  Here’s a sample of what I have:

.  kangaroo for whip making

The pieces are in all shapes from and sizes.  There’s a ton of lace, which would be perfect for small braided goods like key chains.  In fact that’s how I used to use up my lace: making keychains, miniature bullwhips, etc

I’ll never use the amount of scrap I have because I generate a lot more than what I use.  This is a great chance to get some kangaroo corners, lace and cowhide corners and lace.  So here’s what I’m offering for $10.00 shipping and handling I’ll fill a 9 X 12 manila envelope full of kangaroo scrap. That’s it, a flat $10.00, so if you’ve ever thought of braiding or maybe just need a bit of lace click the buy now button:





Here’s a few of  examples of what I’ve made from my scrap:

plaited bracelet

plaited kangaroo bracelet

kangaroo

For this deal I can’t guarantee you’ll get any specific colors, shapes, lengths of lace, etc.  I’m just grabbing handfuls and putting it into an envelope.  This is limited to the amount of scrap I have and is available on a first come first served basis, so click the buy now button now!





Oh, if you want more than one envelope of kangaroo and cow leather scrap, simply order more that one!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org