I cut out the two 12 plait overlays for the two 3 1/2 foot signal whips and did all of the lace prep. Unfortunately I’m travelling a bit the next few days, so no work will happen on them until next week.
While I was working on the lace for these whips, I started to wonder if leather was compostable. Turns out that a lot of the leather I normally throw away can be composted. I’m throwing away small bits of it from paring the edges of the lace, so that breaks down pretty easily:
The other thing to consider is how the leather is tanned. I mostly use Veg Tanned leather, which means the the leather is tanned without chemicals and is environmentally friendly. However things like Whitehide which is tanned with chemicals shouldn’t go in the compost bin.
My current project is making two signal whips (aka single tail whips) that will be 3 1/2 feet long. I’m starting with a 74dm kangaroo skin that I picked up at David Morgan:
This is going to be used for the bolsters, and plaiting.
Recently I had someone ask me about the weight of the 3 1/2 foot signal whip that’s currently on my IN STOCK whips page.
I threw it on the scale and weighed it:
It came in at 9 ounces, which feels good when cracking it.
So that I had something to compare it to, I weighed a 6 foot bullwhip:
It came in at 15.4 ounces.
Proportionally the signal whip is much heavier than the bullwhip, which is something you want in a signal whip.
Here’s another signal whip that I made the other day:
This one has a loop on the end to make the cracker easily replaceable.
This signal whip is available on my IN STOCK whips page. I think I may pick up some more black kangaroo and make some more of these signal whips.
For fun I made a 3 1/2 foot signal whip (aka single tail whip).
This is made from 12 plait kangaroo with a shot loaded core. I put a loop at the end so that the cracker is easy to change.
This is my first signal whip that I’ve made with a loop for the cracker to attach to, instead of a cracker that’s braided to the whip. The advantage of the loop is that it makes changing a cracker easier for the user.
This whip is currently listed for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.
I just finished a 3 foot signal whip (AKA single tail whip).
A signal whip is different from a bullwhip in several ways. A signal whip doesn’t have a rigid handle, it’s flexible. It doesn’t have a fall and the popper is braided into the end of the whip. They are also measured differently, a signal whip that is 3 feet long, is actually 3 feet long. Where with a bullwhip the fall and cracker isn’t included in the measurement, so a 6 foot bullwhip is closer to 8 feet long.
These differences make signal whips ideal for indoor use.
I don’t have a category for signal whips to order simply because most people want something fairly specific and I would say most of the signal whips I’ve made were custom orders. If you’d like a signal whip, feel free to contact me with what you want and I’ll send you out a price quote.
I finished the two signal whips that I’ve been working on and they are ready to head out to their new owners. The first one is 12 plait and all black:
The second one is 12 plait and black with a little bit of red:
Here are the two whips together:
Now that these two whips are finished, I’m currently all caught up on my orders, so my hook currently is empty. Now is a great time to put in an order if you would like a whip to be delivered by Christmas.
I’m still working on two signal whips, which are frequently referred to as single tail whips. Technically any whip with one lash is a single tail, so that could be a bull whip, stock whip, snake whip, etc. However when someone calls or emails me asking for a single tail whip they’ve always been talking about a signal whip.
Here’s one of them almost finished:
This one just needs the wrist loop and knot put on.
Currently on my plaiting hook are two signal whips. These are both going to be four feet long with 12 plait overlays. I drove up to David Morgan to pick out a kangaroo skin. Here’s the skin I decided to make them out of:
This skin was 58 decimeters, and I thought it would be plenty. I was able to cut out both bellies and overlays, and there’s probably enough left over for either both wrist loops, or one of knots. Hopefully I’ll have enough black scrap kicking around in my scrap bin to finish these whips. Otherwise I’ll have to buy a whole skin for a tiny bit of lace.
I made both of the internal layers that are built with a shotbag, plaited belly and bolster. In the picture below the overlays are cut out, however no strand prep has been done.
Today I’ll get started on the overlays, and hopefully with some luck these whips will be finished on Friday.
I just had a couple of signal whips (aka Single Tail Whips) come in for new crackers.
And here they are with the new crackers:
After putting the new crackers on these whips I have the urge to make a signal whip…it’s been a while since I’ve made one.
If you’ve got a whip that needs a new braided cracker, fall replacement or repair, you can get more info on getting it fixed/replaced it on my whip repairs page.