Plaiting I’ve Run Into…

Plaiting I’ve Run Into…

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:

plaited rawhide

 

Then a rawhide Reata:
plaited rawhide

Finally a rawhide quirt:

plaited rawhide

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.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Finishing Up Works in Progress…

Finishing Up Works in Progress…

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:

kangaroo bullwhip

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:

Romel Reins

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.

La Reata
cowhide reata

This one measures approx 35 feet…and for the first 30 feet I did more  untangling that braiding!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org