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.
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 started working on a matched pair of 5 foot bullwhips. These will be made in 8 plait red colored kangaroo. I just happened to have a 72 dm kangaroo skin which is more than enough for the two whips.
This matched pair of bullwhips is for Curtis Carlyle who is a juggler. I’m going to be in his area performing in a couple of weeks, so we’ll meet up and he’ll get his whips (and maybe a quick lesson depending on the weather).
I guess I don’t need to work too hard on these whips right now because they aren’t going to be delivered for a little while, but I really don’t like having outstanding projects. I’d rather get it done early so that I’m not in a rush later.
Yesterday afternoon I got the insides (bolsters and bellies) of the whips finished:
I also managed to get the overlays cut out and about half of the strand prep finished:
Today I should be able to find time to get at least both of the overlays plaited.
Right now I’m about halfway finished with the thongs of the both of the Australian Bullwhips that I’m working on.
I should have time to at least finish the thongs today, and maybe do the knots. Even if I do manage to completely finish these bullwhips, I’m not going to get to try them out, it’s very rainy and wet outside.
I’m still working on a matched pair of bullwhips. The progress is moving at a snails pace because of the busy performing season and I’m still getting over being sick.
Right now I”m braiding the outer bellies of the bullwhips. I’ve got both of them braided to the point where the inner belly ends. So my next step it to taper the filler strands, but I have to do both whips at the same time to get the same taper.
The reason you generally pay more for a matched pair than just two bullwhips is that it’s a much slower process to make them the same. The whip maker has to do a little bit of work on one whip, then switch to the next…so a bit of work, then switch back.
For speed, I’d rather just make two bullwhips, but for the challenge of making a matched pair, it’s a lot of fun!
Oh, today’s Whip Deal of the Day (for 12/17/09 only) is when you order any bullwhip that’s over $125, I’ll throw in Whip Cracking Made Easy Vol 1 and Vol 2 for FREE! You don’t need to do anything special to get the deal, just order a bullwhip that’s more than $125 and I’ll add the DVD’s when I’m boxing up your order.
Yesterday I managed to get both of the inner bellies plaited. I need to cut out the inner bolster before I can work on the next belly. They look pretty good so far…my wife has the camera right now so I can’t take any pictures until later.
When I”m making a two tone pair of bullwhips I always use the inner belly from one hide and the other from the other. I don’t know why I do this and I don’t think it really has any advantage, it’s just the way I do it.
Oh, today’s Whip Deal of the Day is 25% off all instock bullwhips! This is probably the best deal that I’ve offered all month and I probably won’t have any better deals than this.
Here’s a video of me test cracking the matched pair of budget bullwhips:
I’ve got them priced at just under $300, which I think is a very good deal for a matched pair of bullwhips. I don’t think anyone else is making cheap bullwhips in matched pairs (It’s a lot more work than just making two bullwhips).