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

Braided Rawhide!

Braided Rawhide!

I’m back from performing last week at the Main Street Show at the Pendleton Round Up!  One of my favorite things to do while in Pendleton, Oregon is to check out the braided rawhide at Hamley’s!  Here’s some of what they had:

If you are passing through Pendleton it’s worth a stop at Hamley’s to check it out!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Hamley’s

Hamley’s

Last week I was on the road performing and I drove through Pendleton Oregon.  One of the cool things about Pendleton is that Hamley’s is there.  They have some of the top rawhide braider’s working there.  It’s always fun to stop by!

Every time I stop by there it makes me wish I have a years to devote to really learn  how to braid rawhide.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Oregon Leather

Oregon Leather

Yesterday I was in Oregon performing and visited the Oregon Leather Co:

Oregon leather co

Aside from sides of leather they also had a lot of braided goods:

oregon leather co, bullwhip
romel reins
rawhide

The braided stuff they had was made in India and pretty cheap.  From talking to the lady there the quality of the imported rawhide tack from India has improved greatly in the last year or so.

The rawhide looked much better than the bullwhips did.

Now that’s got me thinking about imported bullwhips.   There’s a company in India that is making “Indiana Jones” style bullwhips and selling them to resellers in the USA.  The bullwhips they are selling are bone dry, and people buying are having to put multiple coats of leather dressing on the whip when they get them.  In my opinion if you have to spend a week putting grease into a new bullwhip before you can use it should come with leather dressing, and I’m not aware of a reseller in the USA that includes dressing with their imported whips.

A bullwhip from a good maker will have grease / leather dressing  in it from making the bullwhip, so you shouldn’t have to put any dressing on your new whip before you use it.

Today I’m planning on making at least one 4 plait bullwhip…

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Rawhide Road Trip

Rawhide Road Trip

Right now in a hotel room in Walla Walla , WA relaxing after a long day of driving, learning and having fun!  Today I was out on the road to visit the 7J Saddlery in Starbuck, WA.  I was taking with Dave Jones about working with rawhide…and I took home a full hide of rawhide (hair on) that I’ll get to work with when I get back home.

I learned a lot about rawhide and I’m exciting to get this rawhide stretched out and ready to cut.

My partner for this trip is my 5 and a half year old daughter who is currently on spring break.  We stopped to pick up a snack at a fruit stand that also had junk shop (antique shop) attached to it.  I found an old jockey whip in this junk shop for $10 and I think with a bit of love it could restore nicely.

Here’s the photo album from the trip:

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Davey Jones’s Saddlery

Davey Jones’s Saddlery

Last week when I was on the road I was performing in the town of Starbuck WA.

Starbuck WA

Despite what the name would lead you to believe, Starbuck is the only city in the USA that doesn’t have a Starbucks!  Starbuck has a population of 130, so it’s a small town.  One of the businesses in town is Davey Jones’s Saddlery.

I was lucky to get to spend about an hour poking around Dave’s workshop and chatting leather work and plaiting with him.  He renewed my interest in plaiting rawhide, I might be ordering some kangaroo rawhide shortly.

Here’s some of his work:

plaited leather
horse tack
rawhide bosal
bosal
rawhide turkshead
reins
holser

I consider myself very fortunate to have gotten to visit Dave and spend a some time with him!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org