Lash for a Whip…

Lash for a Whip…

Recently I had a whip come in that was damaged by a dog chewing on it.

Whip

This lash was an older one and I found it very interesting internally based on what I could see.  the core appeared to be sash core and very fine electrical wire.  The metal in the wire that was exposed was soft and didn’t add any stiffness to the whip, and since it was very thin it couldn’t have added much weight.  When it was newer the wire might have added a bit of rigidity to the whip, but with such a thin gauge it couldn’t have added much.

Whip

The wire ran the full length of the lash.

Whip

I made a 6 plait kangaroo lash to match it, however mine didn’t use any wire. Whip

Here’s the new lash next to the old one:

Whip

This was a fun project for me!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhip Fall Replacement

Bullwhip Fall Replacement

I recently preformed in a show that a buddy of mine also performed in, here he is doing his whip act:

Ruben Barron

I noticed the fall on his whip had gotten really short!

bull whip

So I ran out to my car and quickly changed the fall on his whip.  This is probably the most dressed up I’ve ever been while I worked on a whip!

bull whip

And the whip is back in crackin’ shape!

bullwhip

 

I always keep a fall and a fid in the trunk of my car in case of emergencies!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Snake Whip – Fall Replacment

Snake Whip – Fall Replacment

I recently had a snake whip come in for a fall replacement.  The owner said it was around 20 years old.  Here’s what the snake whip looked like when it got to me:

snake whip

The first step to replacing a fall is sliding the new fall over the point of the whip:

snake whip

Then carefully cutting the end of the old fall and pulling it off the whip:

snake whip

The point of the new fall is slipped into the fall hitch:

snake whip

Tighten up the fall hitch, put a cracker on the new fall an you’re back in business!
snake whip

 

This snake whip had a great crack with its new fall!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Bullwhip Repair

Bullwhip Repair

Here’s a swivel handle bullwhip that came in for a repair:

bull whip

The knot had come off and the lash had started coming apart from the handle end.

bull whip

My plan was slide the knot off the handle, replait it the lash, slide the knot back on and tighten it. However as I tried to slide the knot off, I got stuck and I noted some wire inside it:

bull whip

It turns out this wire was originally what held the strands for the lash in place and what had failed in the whip. The knot and wire hand slipped off the plaiting.

bull whip

 

The I undid the wire and used it to rewrap the strands once I replaited the lash.  I also wrapped it with artificial sinew to make sure it holds longer.  Unfortunately for me I had to completely retie the knot, however it ended up looking better than the knot that was on there before.

bull whip

 

I just gave the whip a crack in my living room and was amazed it’s got a nice little crack to it!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Blackjack Repair

Blackjack Repair

Recently I did a repair on a antique blackjack that had a broken wrist loop.  Here’s how it looked initially:

leather blackjack

Here’s a slightly closer up of the blackjack itself:

black jack

First thing I had to do was undo the knot:

black jack repair

Under the wrist loop there weren’t really any surprises, initially.   What I did find interesting under the string was that the wrist loop was tacked to the spring foundation of the blackjack.  It was just nailed inbetween the coils of the springs.  I would have figured the texture of the spring and the binding with string would have held it fairly securely.  Then thinking about this probably hanging from a policeman’s wrist or belt while they are running around all day those little tacks probably gave a bit of extra security!

Once the spring was taken off what was left was the bare spring foundation.

black jack

I’ll post some pictures of the finished repair soon.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

English Calf Bullwhip

English Calf Bullwhip

I made this whip a little while ago and used it for a bit:

bull whip

but then it got damaged.

bull whip

So I lashed up the bullwhip where the strands were broken and visually you really can’t see a difference besides the string wrapped around the whip.

bullwhip

 

I took it out and gave it a few cracks and it works just fine:

I just listed this on eBay with a very low opening bid and no reserve.  To bid on this whip visit: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=221458916442

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Dog Lead Repair

Dog Lead Repair

A couple of weeks ago I had a dog lead sent to me for repair and I’ve finally gotten caught up on everything and this was the last project to finish!  It had gotten chewed up and the wrist loop was in bad shape:
plaited kangaroo dog lead

The first thing I had to do was remove the knot at the wrist loop and see how many of the 8 strands were actually broken:

plaited kangaroo dog lead

I was hoping it miraculously was only three of them. However once I got the wrist loop unplaited I discovered it was six of the 8 strands.  So not the worst case scenario which would have been all eight strands, but it was pretty close.

 

plaited kangaroo dog lead

The next step was to unbraid the lead so that I could add lace in and have it anchored in place by plaiting once I rebraided it.

plaited kangaroo dog lead

I didn’t add all six strands at one spot, that would have created a huge lump in the dog lead.  What I did was thin down the ends of the new lace with by bench splitter and gradually add them in.  Here are the first two being added in:

plaited kangaroo dog lead

Once all six strands were added and secured I changed the plaiting from a round pattern to a flat pattern for the wrist loop.  After securing the wrist loop I tied the first part of the knot:

plaited kangaroo dog lead

And added in the red interweave:

plaited kangaroo dog lead

And now it’s ready to head back to its owner!

plaited kangaroo dog lead

I think given the circumstances it turned out pretty well and wasn’t too crazy of a repair!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org