Finally Finished…

Finally Finished…

This bullwhips has been in various states of construction for about a month and I finally found time to put the knots on it:

bullwhip

This is a Deluxe Beginner’s Bullwhip and probably the last one of these I make for a little while.  I’ve got enough leather for 2 or 3 more, but want to work on some more interesting projects.

This bullwhip is for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.

I was in Portland, Oregon over the weekend and found this bullwhip in a junk shop:

bullwhip

This is a cheap-o bullwhip and was dry as hell and it was missing a fall and cracker.  Can you guess the asking price?

A whopping forty nine dollars…FIRM!

This exact same bullwhips is selling for $6.54 and it’s brand new on Amazon.com.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Back home!

Back home!

Sorry I haven’t haven’t been posting recently, I’ve been on the road performing for most of the last two weeks and haven’t had a chance to do any whip making, or had much free time to even write up a post.

Here’s a couple of pictures from the whip workshop that I did in Corvallis Oregon a couple weeks:

bullwhips

bullwhip

I also found this video about whipmaking with Adam Savage where he talks about making a bullwhip.

It’s interesting how passionately he explains how he did things and how much incorrect information he gives.  Like saying an 11 foot bullwhip is “insanely long” and that “no whip cracker would use a whip that long” is downright wrong.  He does a good job at explaining how much work goes into making a bullwhip, and anyone that wonders why a good whip costs so much should watch this.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org 

Bullwhip at an Antique Store…

Bullwhip at an Antique Store…

I’ve been on the road performing most of last week, which is why I haven’t posted recently.  I was performing at casinos and hotels.  My last stop was in Medford Oregon and while down there I visited a bunch of Junk Shops (aka antique stores).

I was looking for an old suitcase for my Flea Circus.  While looking for that I found this bullwhip:

bull whip

This bullwhip was for sale for $25…which I think is wishful thinking!  It was super dry and in my opinion more costume than functional.  However it’s always interested to find bullwhips for sale!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Hamley’s

Hamley’s

Last week I was on the road performing and I drove through Pendleton Oregon.  One of the cool things about Pendleton is that Hamley’s is there.  They have some of the top rawhide braider’s working there.  It’s always fun to stop by!

Every time I stop by there it makes me wish I have a years to devote to really learn  how to braid rawhide.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Oregon Leather

Oregon Leather

Yesterday I was in Oregon performing and visited the Oregon Leather Co:

Oregon leather co

Aside from sides of leather they also had a lot of braided goods:

oregon leather co, bullwhip
romel reins
rawhide

The braided stuff they had was made in India and pretty cheap.  From talking to the lady there the quality of the imported rawhide tack from India has improved greatly in the last year or so.

The rawhide looked much better than the bullwhips did.

Now that’s got me thinking about imported bullwhips.   There’s a company in India that is making “Indiana Jones” style bullwhips and selling them to resellers in the USA.  The bullwhips they are selling are bone dry, and people buying are having to put multiple coats of leather dressing on the whip when they get them.  In my opinion if you have to spend a week putting grease into a new bullwhip before you can use it should come with leather dressing, and I’m not aware of a reseller in the USA that includes dressing with their imported whips.

A bullwhip from a good maker will have grease / leather dressing  in it from making the bullwhip, so you shouldn’t have to put any dressing on your new whip before you use it.

Today I’m planning on making at least one 4 plait bullwhip…

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

The Great Thing About Being a Performer

The Great Thing About Being a Performer

So this doesn’t specifically have a lot to do about being a sport bullwhip cracker or maker, but it does have a lot to do with being a bullwhip performer.  I was just reviewing my schedule for next month and I’m doing a show with one of my hero’s and someone that was very influential in me growing as a performer.

Mike Caveney

I’m doing a show with a magician named Mike Caveney, and I saw him in a show when I was 17 years old in Minnesota.  He performs a lot of magic tricks, but he also does a ton of variety or specialty type acts.  He’s the guy the really opened my eyes to see that a magician can perform more than just magic tricks!

I’m doing a show with him at the end of April in Oregon and I’m very excited.

A wise person (my brother) once told me that growing up is all about doing the things you wanted to do as a kid.  As an “kid” the thing I’ve always wanted to do is perform on the same bill as the people that I’ve looked up to.  I’ve been lucky enough to perform with  guys like: Michael Winslow, Dave Attel, Louis Black and Mitch Headburg…but the list of magicians that I’ve looked up to and have gotten to share the bill with aren’t that many.  So checking Mike Caveney off my list will be exciting for me!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org