Lace for Bullwhips…

Lace for Bullwhips…

Today I cut out some lace for a pair of bullwhips:

kangaroo for bullwhip

 

This pair of whips is not for an order, they are a just for fun pair of whips.  I made the internal layers as a pair, so these two sets of overlays could be to single colored whips or a pair of two tone whips.   I need to figure out what I want to do soon!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

 

Pair of whips

Pair of whips

One of the projects I’m using the 70 dm kangaroo skin for is a pair of 5 foot bullwhips. Here are the two bellies cut out:

bullwhip

 

These whips are built on a spring steel handle foundation, and will have a very slim profile to them.

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Internally they have a core, plaited belly and two bolsters. The picture below shows the outer bolster attached:

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In the picture above you can also see the knot foundations at the base of the handles.

I had to cut out the bellies for these two whips before getting to work on a third whip where I already have the insides made.  I needed to use up some of the outside of the kangaroo skin on the bellies, so that the overlay for the third whip didn’t use the stretchy skin.

Louie
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Finished Pair of Bullwhips

Finished Pair of Bullwhips

I finally finished the pair of Deluxe Beginner’s Bullwhips that I was working on!

Beginner's bullwhip pair

Both of these whips were made as a pair and are 6 1/2 feet long and have a plaited belly inside!Beginner's bullwhip pair

For now I’m only offering them for sale as a pair and I’m bundling them with a copy of Mike Murphy’s Fundamental Whipcracking Techniques DVD!

Beginner's bullwhip pair

Here’s a quick test cracking video:


I just listed them for sale on my IN STOCK whips page!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Finished Bullwhip Pair…

Finished Bullwhip Pair…

The other day I started work on a pair of bullwhips and they are finished now.  The customer only ordered one bullwhip, but may need a backup for it in the near future.  So I figured why not make it as a pair so if they end up needing a second whip I’m not trying to match the bullwhip with a picture and my memory. As a bonus if they don’t need the second whip  it gives me one to have IN STOCK!

These are six foot eight plait bullwhips.  Here are the whips with the inner bolsters attached:

Bullwhip pair

One thing you might notice is the yoke of the whips doesn’t completely cover the handle at the base.  I did this on purpose to contribute to a bit of taper to the handles.

how to make a bullwhip

The yoke from the outer belly is cut in a similar fashion and attached 180 degrees opposite  to the first.  That will give the whip a slight bulge at opposite ends (as well as contributing to taper) which is the effect I’m going for.

Another thing I’ve recently started doing (again) is adding the lead before I do the overlay.  I used to add the lead after the overlay was finished, then would crack the whip and add what I thought the whip needed for weight in the handle.  Now I do add it before, then plait the overlay and crack the whip, if any weight adjustments are needed I do it then.

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I also used a plaited pattern on the wrist loop that’s not used on many whips, I’ve used it before in the past.  It’s an N pattern I don’t know the official name of it, but I was goofing around with flat braiding and figured out how to do it.

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I finished the first whip before the second one and technically the second one isn’t finished, it still needs to be shellac’d.  Here’s the one I shipped out yesterday:

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bullwhip

bullwhip

I’ll finish shellacing the second whip and I should know later in the week if it’s needed or not.  If it’s not I’ll add it to my IN STOCK whips page.

Next up I still need to finish two of the Deluxe Beginner’s bullwhips that are almost finished (basically need knots) and I’m going to start work on a couple of Cat O’ Nine Tails (once the proper color of kangaroo arrives).

Louie
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Bullwhip Pair Progress

Bullwhip Pair Progress

Yesterday I got a bit of work in on the pair of bullwhips that I’m working on.  I cut out the overlays and did all the strand prep early in the day.  Later in the day I braided both of the bellies.

bull whip

Today I should have time to get started on braiding the overlays.

One thing that I think is nice about these bullwhips is that the crack really well and I’m able to make them at an entry level price.  Part of the reason that I’m able to make them for such a low price is that I only make them when I can find a suitable leather at a very low price.   That’s the reason that you can only buy them when I’ve got them in stock, I don’t really make them to order.  You are welcome to email me and ask if I can make some when I don’t have any in stock and if I have some suitable leather kicking around I’ll gladly make them!  Just don’t take it personally if I don’t have any good cheap leather and can’t make them when you want one.  That’s why I suggest that if you are interested in one ordering one of these you do it when you see that I have them in stock.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org 

Bullwhip Pair

Bullwhip Pair

In my last post I mentioned that I needed to make a bunch of bullwhips for a whip cracking workshop I’m doing a the end of June.  I’m planning on making most of them in pairs, for  no good reason other than it makes it slightly more interesting than doing them one and a time.  Making more than one at a time does make it a bit faster to make them, but by making them as pairs slows it down a bit as well, so what time is gained is lost.

So far I’ve got the cores cut out and attached to the handles:

bullwhips

I also have the bellies cut out, but not pared yet.  From a time saving point of view I should have cut out the overlays when I cut out the bellies.

These whips are being made for a workshop, however I’ll gladly sell whatever I make before then (hint hint).

Louie
http://bullwhips.org 

Pair of Cowhide Bullwhips…

Pair of Cowhide Bullwhips…

I finished and shipped out the pair of cowhide bullwhips that I started working on earlier this week.

These whips have a nice crack and a pair of cowhide bullwhips would make a nice intro to two handed bullwhip cracking!  Unfortunately these were a pair that was made for someone so they aren’t available for sale.  However it was fun making these and I might try to make another pair in the next week or two.  First I need to finish work on the 16 plait bullwhip that I started last week.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Works in Progress…

Works in Progress…

This week has been a very busy week for me between performing, shipping out orders and squeezing in some family time.  The 16 plait bullwhip has the overlay cut out, but no strand prep has happened.

bullwhip

And the nice thing about that is because it’s a two tone bullwhip I actually cut out two complete sets, so once the first one is finished I can make another one pretty quick!

Yesterday I started work on a pair of 4 plait cowhide bullwhips.  I normally don’t make these bullwhips to order, you have to get them when I have them in stock.  I do this for two reasons:

1.  I don’t make a lot of money on them and I don’t want to be backed up making these for not a lot of profit.

2. They aren’t particularly challenging to make, so they aren’t fun for me to make!

However the person I’m making these for called and wanted two of them and I had one in stock.  So I figured why not make two of them as a pair to make it more interesting.  So I agreed and right now I have the plaiting completed one of them and the other is about 3/4 of the way finished.

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I should have time to finish them and ship them out today (hopefully) and then I can get back to work on the 16 plait bullwhip.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Finished Pair of Bullwhips!

Finished Pair of Bullwhips!

Yesterday I finally finished making the pair of bullwhips that complete the set of three whips for myself.  Normally these would have been done very quickly if they were for someone else, however they were for me so there was no rush.

bullwhip pair

They are both four feet long with 10 inch spring steel handles with just a touch of lead under the heel knot.  You might notice one has a red latigo fall and the other has a whitehide fall.  I’m doing this as an experiment to see which fall I really like more, since the whips were made as a pair it will be a good way to compare.

So far after one short  cracking session I was surprised to find out that I like the red latigo a bit more.  However that might change with a bit of use.  In my experience the red latigo breaks off more than whitehide, and he whitehide stretches more than the red latigo.  I think that’s because the red latigo is a more dense leather.

My next project is making some cheaper bullwhips.  Right now I’m working on a six foot Deluxe Beginners Bullwhip and that should be ready soon.  All I have left to do on it are the knots.  Currently I have enough leather for 4 or 5 of these, so I’m going to try to bang a few of them out so I have some in stock.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org