Mini Bullwhip

Mini Bullwhip

I was cleaning up the other day and found a small piece of stingray that I had bought a long time ago.  It was only about 6 inches long, so I’m not sure what my original plan was for it because it’s not long enough for an 8 inch bullwhip handle.  After finding it I decided to make a Mini Bullwhip.  

This Mini Bullwhip is 4 feet long has a plaited belly, a shot loaded core and a 5.5 inch handle.  Originally I was going to do a two tone knot on this Mini Bullwhip like the transition knot in the picture below.

Mini Bull Whip

My original thinking was a white highlights would compliment the stingrays white pearl.   After I tied that knot I realized it overpowered the white in the stingray.  So I decided to go with all black knots.

mini bullwhip

I still need to roll this whip and shellac it.  It should be listed for sale on my IN STOCK whips page later today.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org 

 

Pocket Snake w/ sewn cover

Pocket Snake w/ sewn cover

Well today I did some more work on the snake whip with the sewn cover that I started a week ago.  the insides are all finished and I’m working on sewing the cover on:

pocket snake

Currently about 2/3 of the cover has been sewn.  Honestly I don’t know why anyone would make a whip with a sewn cover.  The sewing is killing my hands!  It’s a lot slower than just braiding the overlay.

However I can see a way to possibly make them faster.  I made this one with a leather shotbag, then a bolster.  If I didn’t use those and just filled the sewn cover with lead  you could probably bang these out pretty quickly…especially if you sew’d them with a sewing machine instead of by hand.   If it was made that way I don’t think you’d end up with as nice of a product, but it’d sure be quick and cheap to make!

Also the sewn cover would probably be a lot quicker to make if I used a different stitch than I’m currently using.  I used a stitch that looked clean, if I used a baseball type stitch I’d probably be done by now!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org