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.
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.
I still need to roll this whip and shellac it. It should be listed for sale on my IN STOCK whips page later today.
This morning I finished work on the snake whip with the sewn cover:
I don’t know if I’ll ever make another one of these again, it was a lot of work! However this snake whip has an amazing crack!
I’ve listed this for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.
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:
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!