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:

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And the inner bolster before it’s attached:

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Here’s a belly and bolster:

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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:

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

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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
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Miniature Bullwhip

Miniature Bullwhip

I just made a miniature bullwhip and shipped it out today.  It’s an 8 plait bullwhip.  It started with a finishing nail as a handle and a piece of kangaroo scrap as a core:

mini bullwhip

Here’s the core of attached to the handle:

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And the bolster attached to the core:

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And the finished miniature bullwhip:

This is also a reminder that I’m out of town from 2/2/13 to 2/13/13.  If you place an order during that period no work will be done on your whip until I return on 2/14/13.   As of today I’m 100% caught up on orders and everything has shipped!  So if you need a whip before I leave that’s not an IN STOCK whip I may still be able to make it for you before I leave.  However contact me before placing an order if you need a made to order whip to ship before I leave.

Louie
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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
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