I just made a miniature bullwhip and shipped it out today. It’s an 8 plait bullwhip. It started with a finishing nail as a handle and a piece of kangaroo scrap as a core:
Here’s the core of attached to the handle:
And the bolster attached to the core:
And the finished miniature bullwhip:
This is also a reminder that I’m out of town from 2/2/13 to 2/13/13. If you place an order during that period no work will be done on your whip until I return on 2/14/13. As of today I’m 100% caught up on orders and everything has shipped! So if you need a whip before I leave that’s not an IN STOCK whip I may still be able to make it for you before I leave. However contact me before placing an order if you need a made to order whip to ship before I leave.
When I’m making a bullwhip frequently I end up with fairly long strands that end up being cut off. I have a box full of the scrap, and instead of throwing it away, I figure I should start making things out of it. Here’s a bracelet that was made from the trimmed off ends of the pair of seven foot bullwhips that I recently made:
You can adjust the size by pulling the ends through the turkshead in the middle. Once I’m all caught up in orders I’ll probably start to use up my scrap to make things like this. However I have no idea what to do with things like this once they are made…but they are much prettier than a box of scrap.
Last night I cut out the overlay set for an 8 foot bullwhip (morgan style). One thing that I did was I pared my strands very boxy, they are pretty much rectangle. That’s hopefully going to give me more of a “morgan” look on this bullwhip.
Cutting this 12 plait set, I was looking at all the waste and thought about how important good hide management is. When making a whip, if you kept all the scrap you cut off you’d be amazed. Just the little bits that you cut off from paring, the parts you cut off to make corners bigger and the inital trim, and of course the parts from the inital trimming of the hide you have a pretty big pile of unusable scrab.
That’s part of why whips are expensive is all the wasted leather…and it takes years to get good at making them!!