Finished Signal Whips!

Finished Signal Whips!

I finished the two signal whips that I’ve been working on and they are ready to head out to their new owners.  The first one is 12 plait and all black:

kangaroo signal whip

The second one is 12 plait and black with a little bit of red:

Signal Whip

Here are the two whips together:

signal whip

Now that these two whips are finished, I’m currently all caught up on my orders, so my hook currently is empty.  Now is a great time to put in an order if you would like a whip to be delivered by Christmas.

Louie
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Stock Whip

Stock Whip

Ever since I visiting Paul and Lauren at Midwest Whips and got to crack some stockwhips, I’ve wanted one…and when Adam Winrich was in town it reinforced it!

This evening I made a simple stock whip from Red Latigo.

stock whip

The plan of this whip was pretty simple, a 4 plait latigo overlay and with tear drop shaped piece of veg tanned cowhide as the core.  One thing that I did do to the overlay in addition to tapering and paring the strand was I split them at at taper.  So the thickness of each leather strand at the keeper end is thicker than the point.

stockmans whip

Another thing you’ll notice is that there is no plaited  handle.  There are a couple of reasons for this.  The main one is that I didn’t have any kangaroo lace kicking around that was thick enough to do a 4 plait handle.  Also with this being a whip for sport cracking and a whip that I don’t plan on using for too long, I’m not too worried about it slipping out of my hand.  If it was a whip that was to be used by an actual cowboy, I would have put in a handgrip.

I gave it a few flicks before I put the heel knot foundation on it and determined it needed a bit of lead.  I added a one  by six inch strip of lead and then put the knot over that and I think it handles much better!

Louie
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Splitting Latigo

Splitting Latigo

Last night I started working on an Red Latigo bullwhip that is 8 plait.  I’ve got the overlay cut out and it’s already had one trip through the splitter.

I’m thinking because this started at 4mm thick and after the first round of splitting it’s about 3.2 mm, it will still need to be thinned down a bit more.  I’m hoping to get it into the 2.25mm to 2.5mm range.

As an 8 plait whip if the leather is very thick it will be hard to drop strands or do it as a “straight eight”.  In a perfect world I’d like to do this whip with an 8 plait point without dropping any strands, but I don’t think that is realistic.  The leather probably won’t be strong enough if I thinned it down that much.

I might try tapering the thickness of whip’s overlay as it moves towards the point.  So run just the last half through the splitter, then the last third, and finally the last couple of feet.  That might let me get the strands thin enough to do an 8 plait point and not have too much trouble with breakage while plaiting.

Louie
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Leather Thickness

Leather Thickness

Currently I have a Red Latigo bullwhip in the works.  This stuff is fairly thick at about 3.8 mm and very dense when compared to something like kip.  Here’s the bullwhip I’m currently working on:

bullwhip

I made one whip where I only thinned down the leather near the point so that I could get a nice tight braid at the end.  However for the whip that I’m working on now I thinned down the entire length of all the strands.   I split them down to 3mm thick.

By thinning down the strands I’m able to get a tighter braid without killing my hands.   The thinner strands bend a bit easier than the thicker, so I have to use less energy plaiting to get the whip braided to about the same tightness.

I don’t think the whip is losing any “toughness” because the strands are still 3mm thick!  So far this bullwhip is turning out well, I should at the very least have the overlay finished today.

Louie
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Red Latigo Bullwhip

Red Latigo Bullwhip

Yesterday I braided the overlay of a bullwhip made from Red Latigo:

bullwhip

The hide that I made this out of was a bit thicker than I wanted.  I had ordered 8 / 10 ounce and the invoice is marked 9 / 11 ounce.  While they are basically the same thickness, the slight bit thinner would have been nice.

While making this whip I thinned down the leather on the last about half of the whip, then thinned the last quarter a bit more.  That let me get a tighter and smoother braid near the point.

The next one of these that I do I will probably thin down the entire lengths of all the strands.  That will give me a smoother profile on the whip.  However all that splitting will add to the cost, since I intended to  use this side of red latigo for budget bullwhips.

Later today I’ll probably do the knots on this bullwhip.

Also don’t forget my 29 foot 2 inch bullwhip being auctioned on ebay has two days left: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&Item=220619008201

Louie
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