Another Interesting Stock Whip Repair

Another Interesting Stock Whip Repair

This is the week of unusual whip repairs.  I have another stock whip that came in for a new fall.

fall replacement

Upon closer look at the fall this fall hitch wasn’t the normal fall hitch most whip makers use.

fall replacement

Here’s a little closer view of the fall hitch:

fall replacement
I’ve never seen this type of hitch in person, but have seen it in Ron Edwards book How To Make Whips:

It’s described on page 149 of the book as Maurice Doohan’s Hitch.  Here’s the finished fall hitch:

fall replacement
And the whole whip as it’s going back to its owner today:

fall replacement

In the How To Make Whips book the author mentions this works best on new whips, not on repairs.  After tying the hitch, I get the feeling that advice is more from an ease of making standpoint.  I can see how much easier it’d be to do that hitch with new lace over old lace.

This was a fun repair for me as it took me out of what I normally do!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

I’m finishing up a whip that I started a long time ago out of some scrap that was kicking around. It’s going to be a 4 plait bullwhip from cowhide.  I plaited the belly a long time ago:

how to make a bullwhip
I just cut out the belly and overlay:
bullwhip
Next up will be braiding it and putting the knots on the whip.  However I had a couple of whips come in for a repair, so finishing up this bullwhip will have to wait until the repairs are done.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Stock Whip Repairs

Stock Whip Repairs

Recently I have two stock whips come in for a repair.

stock whip repair

The first whip needed a new keeper:

stock whip repair
stock whip repair

The first step in replacing the keeper was cutting off the old one:
stock whip repair

Then I put a new keeper on, and it’s good to go:
stock whip repair

The second stock whip needed a keeper and a fall.  I started with replacing the keeper:

stock whip repair
So I cut off the old one:
stock whip repair
And put an new one on:
stock whip repair
While I was putting the lash onto the handle, I noticed the lash’s keeper was torn pretty bad:
stock whip repair
I called the owner and we talked about a couple of options and we decided to sew around the tear to add strength to the whip:

stock whip repair

And the whip is now back in crackin’ shape!
stock whip repair
These are in the mail back to their new owner.

If you’ve got a whip that needs a repair, feel free to contact me and we can chat about fixing it.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhip Repair

Bullwhip Repair

Here’s a whip that came in recently for a repair:

bullwhip repair

The end had been broken off, if I remember correctly this was a dog that chewed through the whip.

bullwhip repair

After chatting with the owner and giving them some options they decided to put the new end of the whip where the whip was chewed off.  I had to unbraid the whip a bit and taper the inside a little bit, the put a new fall on it.

bullwhip repair

I also added in a pack of polypro crackers.

bullwhip repair

This whip shipped back to its owner cracking a lot better than it did when they shipped it to me!   If you’ve got a whip that needs repairs feel free to contact me!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Stock Whip Repair

Stock Whip Repair

I recently had this stock whip come in for a repair.

whip repair

It needed a new fall and point plaited onto the whip.  Quite often when a whip comes in for a repair they are very dry. One of the first things that I do is give it a coat of grease.  However many whips are beyond repair and will basically turn to dust if you try to move the strands.  This whip was on the edge, however I was able to get a new fall onto it!

whip repair

The  moral of the story is to make sure your whips don’t get dried out.   A light coat of Pecard’s Leather dressing a couple of times a year on a whip that you don’t use will help keep it in good shape.

 

 

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Finished Bullwhip Repair

Finished Bullwhip Repair

I finished repairing the bullwhip and it’s back in the mail to it’s owner.  Here’s the whip with all the damage removed:

repairing a bullwhip

And here’s the repaired whip:

bull whip

With some time the color of the new leather will age and start time look like the leather on the lash.

I took the whip out and cracked it a bit, and it’s still got a neat crack.  It’s always nice to get to crack a whip I made a few years ago to see how it’s holding up!

If you have a damaged whip that needs to be repaired, feel free to contact me for an estimate for repairs.
Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

 

Bullwhip Repair

Bullwhip Repair

I just got a bullwhip in the mail that got chewed up by a dog.  The handle is in rough shape:

bull whip

It’s not just the overlay that got tore up, it’s the bolster under it as well.

whip repair

Luckily it looks like the layers under the outer bolster are OK, which is a good thing.

The game plane is to cut off the bolster above where it’s damaged and replace that leather.  This will be a little bit tricky as I’ll need to match up the thickness.  For the overlay on the handle, I’m going to have to untie the transition knot, and secure the strands under it. Then I’ll have to cut off the strands below where I secure them.  Then I’ll have to add in new strands and plait them and of course redo the knot foundation.

This will be an interesting project!

Louie

http://bullwhips.org

Tightening Up a Bull Whip Point

Tightening Up a Bull Whip Point

Recently I was performing at a festival and ran into Henrik Bothe.  He’s a juggler and many years ago he had gotten a 4 foot bullwhip from me.  He had the whip that I made with his show and still uses it in the show.

Here’s the whip:

bull whip

When I saw it I notice it could use a bit of a tune up.  The point over the years had loosened.

bullwhip

I replaited the point of the whip:

bull whip

Now Henrik has a whip that’s good as new! If you need a  whip that needs a bit of a tune up, let me know!

Louie

http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhip Repair

Bullwhip Repair

I recently had this bullwhip come in:

bullwhip

The point was blown out, so it needed to have that replaited and a fall/cracker put on. The handle was completely worn out, however the owner wanted to keep that worn out handle so it looked old.  However he did intend for the whip to still be used occasionally, so I did put a heel knot on it.  If I didn’t the knot foundation wouldn’t last long.

Here’s the finished bullwhip:

bullwhip

I took it to the park and gave it a few cracks, it’s got a lot of life left in it!

Louie

http://bullwhips.org

Whip Progress and a Fall Replacement…

Whip Progress and a Fall Replacement…

Yesterday I got a bit of plaiting in on the 4 foot bullwhip before I had to stop to take a break to let me wrist rest.  Luckily this is only a four foot whip and I started work on it ahead of schedule, so with a bit of luck it will only be a day or two late shipping out.

While I was giving myself a break from plaiting I had a whip come in for a fall replacement.   Here’s the whip without a fall attached (but one with the point threaded through the fall):

bullwip

And here’s the whip ready for action again:

Bull whip

If you’ve got a whip that needs a new fall, or a repair you can get more info about those services at: http://bullwhips.org/?page_id=7409

Louie
http://bullwhips.org