Visiting Midwest Whips!

Visiting Midwest Whips!

Recently I was performing about 90 minutes away from where Midwest Whips is located.  Where I live is about 15 hours away, so I jumped at the chance to visit my old friend Paul Nolan!

paul nolan

Paul showed me on of his Little Snapper whips and they are really cool!

little snapper whip

The Little Snappers are small whips that will fit in your back pocket and actually crack!  Here’s a quick video of Todd Rex using one:

Here’s a video of Paul teaching someone to crack a whip using one of the Little Snappers:

At $75 these are a great deal on a really cool and portable whip. I wish I had thought of it…but I didn’t, so order one from Paul!

I also picked up a kangaroo skin from him

veg tanned kangaroo

I had a fun trip to LA, now it’s back home and back to plaiting!


Weaver Leather Kangaroo Sale…

Weaver Leather Kangaroo Sale…

I got an email the other day from Weaver Leather (who I’ve never done business with before) saying that all leather on their website is 25% off and has free shipping on orders over $50.

weaver leather supply

Normally when leather places have sales they exclude exotic leather (which kangaroo is generally considered), however I decided to check it out and the coupon code USAVE25 worked on kangaroo, so I ordered a kangaroo skin which should arrive sometime in the next week.

Normally kangaroo is $145 a skin which is expensive, especially when they sell it by the skin not by the square decimeter or square foot.  Personally I like buying my kangaroo (or any leather) by the actual size, not by the piece.  Weaver’s website says they average 6 square feet, but that doesn’t guarantee I won’t get the odd 48dm kangaroo skin making this kangaroo skin really expensive!

Years ago I used to bring in kangaroo from Australia and it was a lot cheaper because there was no middle man reselling it.  However there were problems bringing in larger quantities.  You get what you get, so I could get a ton of small skins, scarred skins, etc.  And somehow I always had a run on the color of kangaroo skin that I ordered the least of, so I would have to reorder a lot more skins when I already had a lot on hand just to get one skin of a certain color for an order.  So now I order in smaller quantities from a couple of suppliers in the USA that give me exactly what I want for whatever project I’m working on.

I’ve never gotten a bad skin from the two suppliers I use, which are:

David Morgan

Midwest Whips

I trust them to pull an awesome kangaroo skin for me and they always come through!  Both of those suppliers sell by the skins actual size and will pull me exactly what I want for whatever project I’m working on!

I have a feeling that the kangaroo from Weaver will be a purchase I only make when they are having a sale to build up my general stock of kangaroo (I always have a few skins on hand!) and not when I need a skin of a specific size for a specific purpose!


5 foot Bullwhip

5 foot Bullwhip

Last night I started work on a 5 foot bullwhip.  I’ve got all of the insides finished:

8 plait bullwhip

This bullwhip will have an 8 plait overlay in black kangaroo.  I’m out of black kangaroo and ordered a skin from Paul Nolan for this whip, and hopefully it will arrive Saturday and the whip will be ready to ship out on Monday.

Since I’m out of black roo right now, this bullwhip’s plaited belly is from red kangaroo.  The color of the inside doesn’t really matter because you can’t see it from the outside!