Yesterday I finished up the lash of the 6 foot bullwhip that will have the ostrich leg handle.
I should be able to find some time today to put the ostrich leg on the handle.
Alex Green Tribute on Saw Dogs
The other night I was flipping channels and saw a picture of Alex Green on a TV show so I stopped to watch it. It was a show called Saw Dogs and they were making a tribute to Alex. Here’s the promo for the series:
This particular episode is Saw Dogs Season One Episode Nine and I can’t find a full episode online (on a website that I’m comfortable going to) but it seems like it may replay again sometime so keep an eye out for it if you are an Alex Green fan.
I will be at Center Target Sports in Post Falls this Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm doing a whip/gun/knife throwing exhibition every hour on the 1/2 hour. Stop by and say “Hi” if you are in the area. There is a lot going on so check out the event!http://centertargetsports.com/ne_detail.cfm?news_id=82
Turns out by coincidence I’ll be driving through Post Falls Idaho tomorrow morning, so I’ll get to see one of the earlier demos that day. I should come home with some fun pictures from it!
Also if you haven’t done it go to the Northern Whip Co facebook page and click the like button. Joe’s an amazing whip maker and he posts some pictures of amazing whips!
As for progress on the bullwhip with the ostrich leg handle goes, not much has gotten done. Hoewever I did get some contact cement yesterday so when I get to the part where I need it I have it.
Yesterday while I was out performing I drove by a Tandy Leather Factory store and popped in. Some Ostrich legs caught my eye. I’ve thought about making a bullwhip with an Ostrich leg handle before, but I finally bought a leg.
There should be enough of this Ostrich leg for me to get two handles from it. This stuff is very expensive at $50 retail, however I don’t pay that much, but it still isn’t cheap!
Now my next choice is what color to make the lash of the whip from. If I do the lash in black the Ostrich leg handle visually be lost in a sea of black, however there is something elegant about an all black whip.
Recently in the mail I got a flyer from Tandy Leather Factory in the mail with their February sale items. One thing that caught my eye was that they had Ostrich Leg Skins on sale.
If you’ve read this blog for a while you’ve probably noticed that I love making whips with handles from unique leathers. In the past I’ve made bullwhips with handles made from:
and Sting Ray Skin
That got me thinking that making one from ostrich leg skin would be a fun project. The description on Tandy’s website says the average size is about 5 x 22 inches. That would give me enough leather for at least two handles, but more more likes in the ballpark of 4 handles!
Unfortunately I’ve got a few more things I want to do before I get around to making an ostrich handle bullwhip.