Last week I swung by David Morgan to pick up some kangaroo skins.
I always love visiting them! I picked up two black kangaroo skins for a 16 foot whip I’m making and a saddle tan kangaroo skin.
I was also surprised to see that they now stock the veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo in “whiskey” color now! So they have more than just black and natural tan…that’s great news! If you need kangaroo for making whips, I always recommend getting it from David Morgan, you’ll always get a great skin!
I feel like I’ve been working on this pair of bullwhips forever! Currently I have the overlays completed and the falls attached. I still need to do the knots, rolling and shellacing.
Also I might put on wrist loops and have these be a pair of Indy Bullwhips in saddle tan. I haven’t decided yet.
These whips are being made as a matched pair, however I haven’t decided if I’m going to only sell them as a pair. The main reason I made them the same was to make it more interesting / challenging for me.
Last night I put the knots on the Australian Bullwhip that I was working on. I broke a strand near the point of the whip, so I shortened it from six feet to 5 1/2 feet. I didn’t want to add in a strand right at the fall hitch. I still need to give it a coat of shellac.
I threw this bullwhip a couple of times on my deck and it cracks well. I’m hoping for better weather so I can take it to the park and give it a workout later today.
I really am liking how the 16 plait looks and hopefully I’ll be doing more work in 16 plait in the future!
Right now I’m at about the five foot mark of this six foot bullwhip:
I’m getting ready to do the final strand drops from 10 plait to 8 plait. One thing about a 16 plait bullwhip is that the strand drops seem a bit easier because you aren’t adding much bulk to the inside of the bullwhip because of the strands are a bit thinner.
I really like doing the 16 plait, even if it feels like a lot more work than 12 plait. I think it gives the whip a sleeker look with the thinner strands. My next project is going to be a pair of bullwhips in red kangaroo and I’ll probably do those in 16 plait!
This week is a busy performing week for me (the week before Halloween), so this bullwhip has taken a lot longer to make than it would normally take me.
Yesterday I was expecting a shipment of Kangaroo from FedEx. Yesterday they stopped by but delivered some other packages, but no kangaroo. Then later that evening (about 8pm) I happened to go outside and when I opened the door there was a nice surprise waiting for me!
I had seven veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo hides (by Packer) come in. In the shipment were three natural:
The three natural tan kangaroo skins aren’t for bullwhips, they are for another braiding project (that’s top secret).
I also had a Whiskey colored kangaroo skin:
A Saddle Tan kangaroo skin:
And two Red kangaroo skins:
I’ve never had Drum Stuffed kangaroo in the color red before. I’ve had dry kangaroo skins in red before…I’m very excited to get to work with this stuff! My original plan with them was to make a pair of 6 foot bullwhips. I figured they’d be in the mid 50dm size, but these are 64dm each! So I could easily get an 8 foot bullwhip out of each kangaroo skin. I might still do the pair of 6 foot bullwhips and use the leftover for signal whips.