Yesterday I also started work on a 10 foot 16 plait bullwhip. This whip will be done in black kangaroo with red highlights on the knots. Here are the kangaroo skins I’m using:
Last night I also cut out the bellies, but still need to do all the strand prep:
My slightly ambitious goal today is to get all the bellies plaited, bolster attached and the overlay cut out. Today I have a few things competing for my time so I can’t just work on this whip straight through otherwise that’d be no problem. Also I’m hoping to meet up with a whip group in the Seattle area this evening.
I recently started work on three signal whips. All three of them are going to be four feet long and made from kangaroo. First I made three shotbags:
Then I filled them and cutout bolsters. Here’s a picture of the progression of shotbags and attaching the bolsters:
And finally here’s the first completed signal whip:
This signal whip is 8 plait with a 5 plait wrist loop. This one is for sale on my IN STOCK whips page. The next one is going to be a 12 plait signal whip in black kangaroo with two white strands. The third signal whip will probably be a 16 plait signal whip.
Yesterday I started plaiting two six foot deluxe beginners bullwhips. I got the bellies plaited:
And one of the overlays finished:
I’m out of falls, so I need to cut them out before I can finish either of these whips. One thing I did because I couldn’t put a fall on the whip that’s overlay is finished is that I braided it an extra couple of inches and tied off the loose strands. That way when it’s time to put the fall on I don’t have to undo the point and replait it to make sure it’s tight. This way I just unbraid about 2 inches and it should still be tight at that point.
After these two Deluxe Beginners Bullwhips I’m going to start working on a few cowhide signal whips to use up the rest of this side of leather.
Here’s a bracelet that I made for myself a little while ago:
The body of it is cowhide and the plaited portion is kangaroo.
Yesterday I made some progress on the 8 plait signal whip.
The overlay is basically finished. I’m at the part where I need to start adding in the plaited cracker. That’s probably my least favorite part of making signal whips. Braiding the cracker really makes my hands sore. However I’m pretty sure this signal whip will get finished today, then I can get back to work on the five foot bullwhip!