Sorry I haven’t posted much lately, I’ve been busy performing, fishing and living life. today I did a bit of work on the bosal that I’ve been working on:
The nose button is finished and I’m debating whether to leave the black knots black or to cover them with red knots to match the rest of the bosal. I think I’m going to leave them black (I guess I’m lazy). If you compare this bosal to other bosals you can see how being a whipmaker and an urban whipmaker has influenced the look of this bosal.
Up next for me is to work on a 6ish foot bullwhip. I already have the bellies cut out so until I get to the overlay it’s not too much work. Also sometime I’m supposed to start work on a 5 foot bullwhip for underground magic legend and friend of mine Steve Dobson!
I’m still working on the nose button of the bosal. I’ve redone it three times and haven’t been happy with how it turned out. Then it hit me…why don’t I just braid over the knots foundation? Honestly I can’t think of a good reason why not, so that’s what I’m doing. For me braiding is faster than tying a knot, and I have a lot more freedom in patterns by braiding versus doing a turkshead.
I wish I had taken pictures of my attempts at the nose button knots. Here’s what it currently looks like:
I’m braiding the nose button as a 24 plait with an under three – over three – under three – over three pattern. I thought about doing it U2 O2 type pattern to match the rest of the bosal, but I like the slightly wider look of the U3 O3 pattern. Hopefully I can find a bit of time today to finish this part of the bosal.
Lately I’ve been working on the nose button knot of a bosal that I started making a while ago. These long knots are a lot of work to make, this will have 12 bights when I’m finished.
I found that while tying the knot using twist ties to hold the strands in place really helped while I was doing the beginning the knot.
While rereading Whips and Whipmaking by David Morgan, he mentions that the long knot can be used to strengthen the transition of a bullwhip. The knot was used for that in traditional Argentine whips. Most modern bullwhip makers don’t use a knot to build up the transition of a bullwhip…however Joe Strain in the past has made a couple of unique whips with different plaiting styles at the transition.
Also a few days ago someone posted an article from an old Popular Science magazine about how to make a plaited snake. You can read the article here. I happened to have some scrap kicking around that was about the right size so I banged out a quick snake:
And about a week ago I got a new strop in the mail:
Hopefully this will help me keep the edge on my blades!