24 x 12 plait bullwhip pics

24 x 12 plait bullwhip pics

Here’s the bullwhip with the 24 plait handle and 12 plait thong:

bullwhip for sale

Here’s a close up of the handle:

 bull whip 24 plait

I took this bullwhip out for a few test cracks today and I was amazed at how well it cracked!  I put slightly more weight at the point of the bullwhip than I normally do on my shorter handled bullwhips.  I think the next time I make a shorter handled bullwhip (8-10 inch) I’m going to do a point with weight similar to this.

Louie

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Three Projects Finished!

Three Projects Finished!

Last night I completed three plaiting projects, one six foot Indy Bullwhip, one six foot long handle bullwhip and one riding crop.

Here’s the long handle bullwhip:

Long Handle bullwhip

Here is the Indy Bullwhip:

6 foot Indy Bullwhip

6 foot Indy Bullwhip

And here is the riding crop (8 plait kangaroo):

Kangaroo riding crop

I wasn’t ever planning on making a riding crop, but I’m trying to learn about using rawhide.  Mike Murphy used to sell a rawhide bullwhip core, but doesn’t anymore and he told me that David Morgan does.  I visited David yesterday and the rawhide core he sells is for a riding crop, it has a cane center.  Because of the cane center it’s very rigid and I don’t think it would work well for a bullwhip.  But I did learn a little bit about using rawhide to make a bullwhip core from the rawhide riding crop core.

Louie

More Rawhide Bullwhip Experiments…

More Rawhide Bullwhip Experiments…

Over the last couple of days I’ve made another bullwhip with a plaited rawhide belly.  The main difference between this one and the on that I did the other day was that I soaked this one in water (not dressing) to soften it up.

After I plaited the belly and the the rawhide dry it did harden up (not quite as hard as before soaking it).  I think that the reason it didn’t fully harden was that it soaked up some of the lube from the bullwhips core.  After it dried I did notice that it seemed to be a tighter fit and it kept the tight fit after I lubed it up.  So the rawhide was softer, but since it shrunk when the water evaporated it kept the smaller size.

Originally I was worried about it cracking and breaking, but I don’t think that will be a problem because it will soak up dressing from the other layers of the bullwhip.

Louie

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