I haven’t posted much recently because I was on the road travelling with my show, so I haven’t been doing much plaiting. However one day I got into an invitation only museum in Fresno, CA and they had some really cool plaited rawhide (maker unknown)!
First is a set of rawhide reins:
Then a rawhide Reata:
Finally a rawhide quirt:
It’s always fun to run into plaited stuff when I’m travelling!
Currently I’m working on some beginners bullwhips that are 4 plait cowhide with plaited bellies. I’m hoping to get some of them done and listed on my IN STOCK page in the next few days.
Today I spent a bit of time working on half finished projects that have been kicking around. First I put the heel knot on the white bullwhip that has a sharkskin handle:
This whip isn’t finished yet, it’s got a few more finishing things to go.
I did put some more knots on a set of Romel Reins that I started a while ago:
This set of Romel Reins is made from 4 plait cowhide with kangaroo knots. This is the first set I’ve made and the romel ends need few more knots. One thing I learned from making this set is to not wasting my time making a cowhide set, there is too much work involved in all the knots to make a “cheap” set.
Finally I finished making a 4 plait cowhide leather Reata, traditionally they are made from rawhide. I’ve wanted to make one of these for a long time and eventually I plan to make a rawhide reata.
This one measures approx 35 feet…and for the first 30 feet I did more untangling that braiding!