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.
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.
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!
I’m very fortunate to live in the Seattle area where I’m very close to David Morgan. Whenever I need to buy kangaroo leather I can simply drive up there and dig through what they have in stock and pick up what I need!
Everyone up there is awesome and very helpful. One of the nice things about buying kangaroo from a whip maker that you know is they don’t sell you bad skins. I’ve ordered kangaroo from leather supply places and gotten skins that were horribly scarred, strangely shaped or a size that wasn’t ideal for the project.
This 64dm veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo skin is for an 8 foot 12 plait bullwhip that’s going to end up in a stunt show at a theme park in Germany:
Recently I did a repair on a antique blackjack that had a broken wrist loop. Here’s how it looked initially:
Here’s a slightly closer up of the blackjack itself:
First thing I had to do was undo the knot:
Under the wrist loop there weren’t really any surprises, initially. What I did find interesting under the string was that the wrist loop was tacked to the spring foundation of the blackjack. It was just nailed inbetween the coils of the springs. I would have figured the texture of the spring and the binding with string would have held it fairly securely. Then thinking about this probably hanging from a policeman’s wrist or belt while they are running around all day those little tacks probably gave a bit of extra security!
Once the spring was taken off what was left was the bare spring foundation.
I’ll post some pictures of the finished repair soon.
For all of the readers of this blog in the USA, have a happy Thanksgiving!
Since my wife doesn’t let me do any of the Thanksgiving cooking, so I’m up in the shop working on a couple of whips:
These are going to be two of the Beginner’s Bullwhips that I make. I plaited both bellies a while ago and I cut out the overlays this morning. I’m using some free time today to hopefully finish them up…or at least get the overlays finished.