I finally finished the pair of Deluxe Beginner’s Bullwhips that I was working on!
Both of these whips were made as a pair and are 6 1/2 feet long and have a plaited belly inside!
For now I’m only offering them for sale as a pair and I’m bundling them with a copy of Mike Murphy’s Fundamental Whipcracking Techniques DVD!
Here’s a quick test cracking video:
I just listed them for sale on my IN STOCK whips page!
I’ve gotten a bit more work on the pair of Deluxe Beginner’s Bullwhips. First I noticed that I needed some falls, so I cut out a batch of them:
Once those were cut out and rounded I added them to the two bullwhips:
Then I had to clean up the ends of the bullwhips in preparation for putting on the heel knot’s foundation:
Finally I put on the heel knot foundations:
The next step will be to put roll the whips, put all the knots on them and list them for sale.
Currently the two Deluxe Beginner’s Bullwhips that I’m working on both have the plaiting done, but still need to get falls and knots put on before they are ready.
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Pendleton Round Up!
Tomorrow I head out to perform at the Pendleton Round Up for a few days. I’m looking forward to visiting Hamley’s and seeing the awesome rawhide plaiting that they have there!
Yesterday I got a bit of work in on the pair of Deluxe Beginner’s Bullwhips. I have both of the bellies finished:
And I’ve started work on the overlays and with a bit of luck I’ll get them both finished today. Once they are done I’ll list them on my IN STOCK whips page.
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The pair of bullwhips that I’ve been working on are ready for their overlays! Here’s the plaited bellies:
and then here’s the final bolster:
I’ve already cut out the overlays and so today I’ll at least do the strand prep and probably find some time to get some plaiting in as well.
My performing schedule is finally slowing down and I’m getting more whip making time in. I just finished making a three foot eight plait signal whip:
This whip is fairly skinny compared to how thick a four foot signal whip would be. I don’t make a lot of 3 foot signal whips, so this was a fun little project for me. I’ll have this listed on my IN STOCK whips page shortly.
My currently project is a pair of five foot bullwhips. For fun I’m making these for as a matched pair instead of simply two bullwhips. Right now I have the cores cut out and they have grease soaking in:
Hopefully I’ll have time to get these completed this week.
The matched pair of bullwhips I was working on have been finished and someone has already bought them, so they are gone…but here are pictures of them being finished (knots and wrist loop).
First I made the foundations for the knots with waxed string and tie the knots over them.
One thing about trying to get the “Indiana Jones” look to the bullwhip is to not have too much of a foundation…but not have the knots flat either.
The two knots came out pretty even is size, shape and location. I was happy with them! Next up was making wrist loops.
I was on the fence about making these bullwhips with wrist loops and my main deciding factor was that I had enough scrap from these bullwhips to make the without cutting new strands. After I made the wrist loops it was time to work on the heel knots.
This is the part of making a pair of bullwhips that really stresses me out. Because I mainly build up my turkshead with thick waxed string I really have to pay attention to the amount I put on each whip. I think that they turned out pretty close!
And here’s the finished whips:
I think they turned out pretty nice as a pair!
My next project is working on a two ton signal whip using up a few kangaroo skin centers that I have kicking around.
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I feel like I’ve been working on this pair of bullwhips forever! Currently I have the overlays completed and the falls attached. I still need to do the knots, rolling and shellacing.
Also I might put on wrist loops and have these be a pair of Indy Bullwhips in saddle tan. I haven’t decided yet.
These whips are being made as a matched pair, however I haven’t decided if I’m going to only sell them as a pair. The main reason I made them the same was to make it more interesting / challenging for me.
My current project is a matched pair of bullwhips. These bullwhips are 12 plait kangaroo bullwhips that will be 6 feet long. One has been plaited to the 12 to 10 strand drop and the other has been plaited about halfway to the first strand drop.
I’m pretty happy with the look of the handles on these bullwhips:
It’s got a nice circumference measuring in at approx 65mm in the main part of the handle. I’m hoping to find time to finish these bullwhips later this week.
P.S. I just got mentioned in an article in London, England’s The Guardian newspaper! I’m at the end of the article.
Yesterday I finished almost all of the matched pair of bullwhips, all that is left is to give them a coat of shellac.
I’ve got a morning gig, so the shellacing will have to wait until this afternoon.