I just finished sewing up the cover for this snake whip:
Sewing the cover took a lot longer than I thought it would. It’s a huge pain to do it, with marking the holes, making the holes, then the actual sewing. I’m glad it’s over.
All that’s left for this whip is to build up the heel knot and put it on. Also there will be a decorative knot at the lash end of the cover.
Yesterday I started work on a snake whip that will have a sewn leather cover. This type of covering on a snake whip was more common a long time ago and has fallen out of fashion. I think the main reason it’s less common is that sewing the cover take a lot of time for not a lot of functional benefit.
I’ve got the insides of the whip finished and working on the plaited layer that will stick out from under the sewn cover right now. The whip is going to be 4 plait for most of its length, then it will transition into a 12 plait. Here’s the lace:
What I did was cut 4 strands as if this was going to be a 4 plait whip. Then at about where I wanted them to transition to a 12 plait, I simply cut each strand into three strands, giving me 12 strands. Here’s a close up of the 4 plait to 12 plait on the lace:
When braiding there will be some more adjustment needed, but it’s way easier to cut most of it now than when it’s on the whip.
It’s good to be home after the extra long holiday weekend. I got home yesterday afternoon and in the evening last night I got some plaiting done on a 16 plait bullwhip:
It’s braided to about the first strand drops, and today I should get some work in on it.
Tonight I’m performing at Egan’s Ballard Jam House which is a small music club (seats 43ish) in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.
The first Tuesday of the month they have magic night and I’m the headline act tonight. Shows are 7 pm and 9 pm, the early show is almost sold out and the last one is half full, so if you are in the Seattle area and would like to check me out visit http://www.ballardjamhouse.com/ to learn how to make reservations.
Here’s a picture of a 5.5 foot bullwhip that I made a while ago, but never posted it:
Also after seeing the old snake whips in Idaho City, I really want to try to make one. I don’t imagine it’d be too hard to make…
Today I was in Idaho city (I’m still on the road) and at the Idaho City Museum they had a couple of old snake whips. These were old snakewhips that has sewn covers. I’ve never seen one of these in person until today:
Here’s a close up of the top one:
Here’s a close up of the bottom one:
Both of them once had plaited points, but sadly they are gone. This style of whip is a part of American History that is long gone. I don’t think anyone makes a snake whip sewn cover. Also from the few old cowboys that I’ve met they all say that they used “black snakes” not bullwhips.