Bullwhip with 4 plaited bellies

Bullwhip with 4 plaited bellies

Yesterday I finished making a 7 1/2 foot bullwhip that’s made with four plaited bellies and no bolsters.

7 1/2 foot bullwhip

Making a whip with four bellies and no bolsters doesn’t take too much longer than one with two bellies and two bolsters.  After making this one I’m not sure it’s worth the extra work.   A whip made this way has more weight in the thong, but a similar whip can be made by using heavier bolsters and cutting wider filler strands.

bullwhip handle picture with two tone knots

Another thing with four bellies is that personally I feel I have less control over the taper of the bullwhip.  It’s much easier to add or remove bulk in the thong when there is a bolster.

bullwhip thong

For the beginning whipmaker one advantage (but it’s secretly a disadvantage) to making a bullwhip with all plaited bellies is that there is virtually no kink in the whip when you do strand drops.  But the problem with that is that you aren’t learning how to correctly drop strands so there is no kink when you do a whip that has bolsters.

Another problem with strand drops is that if you run your hand down the whip you can fell where the strands lay under the plaiting.  When you are dropping a strand into fill or onto a bolster it’s a bit harder to feel the strand running under the plaiting.  This won’t really change how the whip works and it’s basically a cosmetic issue.

In the future I’d probably only make another whip with four bellies if someone specifically requested me to do it in a custom order.

Louie
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10 footy Bullwhip in the Hopper…

10 footy Bullwhip in the Hopper…

Today I started cutting out the set for a 10 foot 12 plait bullwhip that is going to be in the KotCS style. I’ve got the two bellies cut out and a bit of the overlay started. A

10 foot bullwhip set

I still need to stretch, cut and split the two bellies.

Also I’m plaiting the overlay of a 4 foot bullwhip. The four foot red kangaroo bullwhip has a spring steel handle and will have a much slimmer profile than most of my whips.

Earlier today I finished a 6 foot Indy Bullwhip (Morgan style) and I’ll try to take a picture of it tomorrow. Somehow my knots had declined in look compared to how David Morgan makes his. Then I got a couple of tips from Paul Nolan and now my knots look much better.

I think there was a combination of things that made my knots look “flat”, I was using a thinner sinew, and technique. So I switched to a thicker sinew and tweaked my technique and the knots are nice and indy shaped now.

Louie

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Full Day of non-whipmaking (with a little plaiting snuck in)…

Full Day of non-whipmaking (with a little plaiting snuck in)…

Today I’ve got a full day of working on a mailing to book my shows and I’ve got a ton of phone calls to return.  I should be able to sneak a bit of whipmaking in today at some point. 

The 8 foot “old school” indiana Jones Bullwhip that I started yesterday has the 2nd belly plaited.  My next step is roll it, then to cut out the 2nd bolster and overlay.  Also this morning I’ll probably be able to sneak in some whipcracking at the park after I walk my daughter to school.

Louie

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