Mini Bullwhip

Mini Bullwhip

Every now and then when I have some time and enough leftover kangaroo I make a mini bullwhip.  Here’s one I made a few months ago:

bull whip

It measures approx 14 inches excluding the fall and cracker and has an 8 plait kangaroo overlay.  I’ve gotten little cracks out of it, but it’s primarily a display piece.

Normally these start at $75, however I just listed this one at $50 on my IN STOCK page.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Mini Bullwhip

Mini Bullwhip

I love making these mini bullwhips.  This one was made with a kangaroo core or and bolster and an 8 plait kangaroo overlay.  Here’s the overlay being braided:
mini bullwhip

And here’s the finished mini bullwhip:

mini bullwhip

 

This bullwhip is heading out to its new owner in the morning.

Also my cut off date for Christmas delivery for IN STOCK items is midnight on 12/20/13.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhip Progress…and a couple of Mini Bullwhips

Bullwhip Progress…and a couple of Mini Bullwhips

 

 

I’m still working on an Aussie Bullwhip.  I’ve gotten a bit of work in on it.  Here’s the inner plaited belly being rolled:

bull whip

And the inner bolster before it’s attached:

bull whip

Here’s a belly and bolster:

bull whip
The finished outer Belly:

bull whip

I have the outer belly and bolster attached (no pic) and the next step will be cutting out the overlay.

I also made a mini bullwhip for a guy that runs a Flea Circus in California:

bull whip

 

Here’s an older 4 plait mini bullwhip that I forgot that I had made in the past.

bull whip

These mini bullwhips got me thinking while we were fostering  a few kittens recently that they’d make a good cat toy.  As for materials the leather is veg tanned, so there aren’t any strange chemicals in it, it’s a natural tanning process.  It probably has less harmful chemicals and dyes in it than a store bought cat toy.  Here’s Annie, one of our foster cats playing with the mini bullwhip:

I’d think there’d be a market for this…except that when you factor in the cost of these versus a store bought mass produced cat toy these are at least ten times more expensive!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

bullwhip

I made this mini bullwhip a few years ago and it’s been a Christmas Tree ornament every year since it was made.  It’s an 8 plait kangaroo bullwhip and it does crack!

Here’s it on my hand:

These are fun to make and while I hardly get orders for me to custom make them, they always seem to sell well when I have them in stock.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org 

Mini Bullwhip

Mini Bullwhip

I was cleaning up the other day and found a small piece of stingray that I had bought a long time ago.  It was only about 6 inches long, so I’m not sure what my original plan was for it because it’s not long enough for an 8 inch bullwhip handle.  After finding it I decided to make a Mini Bullwhip.  

This Mini Bullwhip is 4 feet long has a plaited belly, a shot loaded core and a 5.5 inch handle.  Originally I was going to do a two tone knot on this Mini Bullwhip like the transition knot in the picture below.

Mini Bull Whip

My original thinking was a white highlights would compliment the stingrays white pearl.   After I tied that knot I realized it overpowered the white in the stingray.  So I decided to go with all black knots.

mini bullwhip

I still need to roll this whip and shellac it.  It should be listed for sale on my IN STOCK whips page later today.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org 

 

mini bullwhip

mini bullwhip

This morning I made a mini bullwhip. Here’s how I did it:

And here’s the finished bullwhip on a playing card:

bullwhip

This bullwhip was a lot of fun to make and an interesting way to  use up my scrap. The last mini bullwhip that I made was over a year ago and I made it as a Christmas tree ornament.  That one was only 8 plait .

This mini bullwhip’s construction is a core, 4 plait belly, two bolsters, 12 plait overlay. The knots are 5 X 4 turks heads, but the heel knot is only two passes and the transition knot is only one pass.  If this was a screen accurate mini bullwhip those would have one more pass each, and the wrist loop in only 4 plait instead of six.  The fall is whitehide and in a little bit I’ll make a little cracker for it and try to crack it.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Did you notice?

Did you notice?

In the post about this about the mini bullwhip, did you notice anything funny about the picture?  The playing card the bullwhip is sitting on is a large playing card that is about 6 X 9 inches.  I was having a bit of fun with proportion!

Here’s the bullwhip on my hand:

bullwhip

I was going to try to find all the oversized items (like a giant toothbrush, or comb) at my local joke store and take pictures of this bullwhip next to them.  However I didn’t get around to finding things like that.

I guess the moral is don’t believe everything you see on the internet!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Miniature Bullwhip

Miniature Bullwhip

Today I made a miniature bullwhip…basically it’s a bullwhip that’s 1/8 the size of full size one.  I’ve never really done a mini bullwhip aside from the odd bullwhip key chain, but the key chains weren’t made like whips (basically a tapered filler with the overlay on top of that).

I’ve wanted to make a miniature bullwhip ever since the first time I visited Joe Strain and saw one that he had made.  Recently he posted pictures of a 1:4 scale bullwhip that he made and it’s amazing!

I figure’d it was time for me to try one, and I’ve learned a lot by making it, so if I ever try again, it will be much better.  My miniature bullwhip is an 8 plait bullwhip one a core and one plaited belly.

Below are some pictures of making this miniature bullwhip (you can click on the pictures to view the larger versions of them):

One thing I’d do if I ever made one of these again is to use a thinner nail.  That way I could have a second bolster over the plaited belly.  I’d also make the wrist loop longer.   After splitting every strand down I was worried about breaking strands while I braided…but I didn’t pull as tight as I normally would on a full size bullwhip, so I didn’t have any broken strands.

This was a fun project to do and maybe in the future I’ll make another one…maybe in 12 plait!  For now I’m going to put a hook on the wrist loop and hang it on my Christmas tree.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

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