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.
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.
On Monday I went on a little field trip up to visit with the folks at David Morgan and to pick up a kangaroo skin for an 8 foot bullwhip. I like going up there because I get to chat whip making and I get to dig through their skins and pick out the perfect skin for the project I’m working on. Here’s a bunch of strand sets for signal whips hanging at David Morgan:
Since I’m making an 8 foot bullwhip I needed a skin that is in the upper 60 to lower 70 decimeter square range. I picked out this 71 dm2 skin:
I also had to stop at my local Tandy Leather Factory to pick up another side of cow for bolsters and maybe a couple of 4 plait whips.
Now it’s time to start cutting up leather and doing some plaiting!