Making a Shot Bag

Making a Shot Bag

The other day I was making a shot bag for a whip.  If you don’t know what a shot bag is, essentially it’s a bag that holds lead shot (hence the name shot bag) inside the whip.  My shot bags are made out of a  tapered strip of leather that is rolled into a tube.

This tube is then filled with fine lead shot.

lead shot for whip making

Mmm…margarita and lead!

Here’s a quick video of me filling up a shot bag:

The main reason that I use a shot bag is to add weight to a whip.  This is mostly used (by me) on whips that have no handles like signal whips or snake whips.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhip Actually Used as a Weapon?!

Bullwhip Actually Used as a Weapon?!

Within bullwhip circles there’s a lot of debate as to whether or not bullwhips would make effective weapons.  There aren’t a lot of instances where someone has chosen a bullwhip as an offensive weapon before an engaging someone.   However I just found news report where someone picked a bullwhip as their weapon of choice:

Late Wednesday night, a duo of self-styled gangsters barged into a Super 8 Motel room wielding a bull whip and knives, according to police. The room’s occupant managed to grab a baseball bat and shove the men out of the room, but not before they reportedly said they were “there to enforce for his gang” and collect a $400 debt.

Arrest reports identify the two suspected perpetrators as Kirk Virgil Worthen, 24, and Clayton Wade Ames, 27. The reports state that they were trying to collect the debt because they believed the man in the motel room was “snitching.”

At some point, the man in the motel room called police and when officers arrived they found Worthen and Ames in the motel parking lot. Officers searched the men’s vehicles and reportedly found a knife under Ames’s seat. Worthen also had an empty knife holder, the reports state, and officers located knives and a bull whip in a nearby Dumpster.

Worthen and Ames were booked on one count of aggravated robbery each. Bail was set at $15,000, cash-only, for both men.

Above is from the Hearld Extra.

Just because someone picked a bullwhip as a weapon doesn’t mean it was a good choice.  Based on the report above they were fought off by a baseball bat.  That shows that two people armed with knives and a bullwhip with the advantage of surprise were no match for one person with a baseball bat.  When you think of it a baseball bat is basically a club or the most primitive weapon ever!

I also question how smart the attackers were because they picked a bullwhip to use in a hotel room.  Hotel rooms are very small and I seriously doubt they were bringing a 3 foot signal whip, but probably an 8 foot or so heavy bullwhip from at tack store.   Having cracked whips in a hotel room I know from experience that they aren’t the ideal place for anything over4 feet long.

So next time you’re out enforcing for your gang pick a more effective weapon like a baseball bat and help the sport bullwhip community continue to move the public’s perception of whips from weapons and lifestyle cracking to the actual sport of bullwhip cracking.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Friday the 13th Whip Sale!

Friday the 13th Whip Sale!

Today is Friday the 13th which is considered to be an unlucky day…but if you are shopping for a whip it just might be your lucky day!  From today 1/13/12 until midnight on Sunday 1/15/12 all IN STOCK whips are 13% off!  This sale is limited to stock on hand and it’s first come first served.

Here are a couple of examples of deals you can get today:

4 Foot Signal Whip

Regular price:  $145Sale price: $126.15 Click here for more info on this Signal Whip!

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6.5 foot 16 plait Bullwhip

Regular price: 525.00
Sale price: $456.75
Click here for more information!

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To view what I currently  have IN STOCK and on sale click here!

20% off IN STOCK whips!

20% off IN STOCK whips!

Right now I’m having a little sale on all IN STOCK whips!  From now until Tuesday morning 11/29/11 I’ve knocked 20% off all whips (bullwhips, snake whips, etc) that I have IN STOCK.  Of course all of my IN STOCK whips are ready to ship out and if they are for delivery in the USA they will make it to you by Chirstmas!

bullwhips for sale
bullwhips 20% off

To see what I have IN STOCK visit: http://bullwhips.org/bullwhip_store/viewcategory.php?groupid=4

Don’t delay place your order now!  This sale is limited to the stock on hand and it’s first come first served!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Whip Demo at SANCA

Whip Demo at SANCA

This morning Will Morgan, John Leonetti and myself did a little whip demo / workshop at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA).  We did a little talk about the history of the bullwhips and the different types of whips.  Then we did little demos of the different styles of whip cracking from what I do with a bullwhip in my show to more technical crack with one bullwhip or two stockwhips and two bullwhips.

Here’s John Leonetti doing a multiple cracks:
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He’s  using a Performance Hybrid made by Lauren Wickline at MidWestWhips. In July when I was passing through Nevada I visited midwestwhips and really like the way these whips cracked.  It was nice to get to crack another pair of Performance Hybrid whips!  For more information about these whips visit: http://performancehybrid.wordpress.com/

Here’s a bunch of pictures of John and Will cracking:

During the whip demo I also got the chance to crack a pair of stockwhips that is imported by David Morgan.  It’s a pair of stockwhips made by Eskaytee Bush Leathercraft:

stock whips

The pair of these Will had were great to crack at at $170 each you can’t go wrong!  I’m thinking of getting  a pair of them for myself the next time I stop by David Morgan’s shop.  You can get these at: http://www.davidmorgan.com/product_info.php?products_id=1151

Today’s whip demo was a ton of fun. We’ve done this every year for the last three years.  It typically happens on the Sunday after Christmas…so mark your calendar for next year!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

One Day Bullwhip Sale!

One Day Bullwhip Sale!

I was listening to CNN while I was plaiting a 10 foot bullwhip and they were doing a story on “Cyber Monday”.  During the piece they said that any online retailer is nuts if they don’t offer a deal on Monday 11/29.  That got me thinking I’m going to have a one day sale that will be the best deal I’ll offer for the rest of 2010.

bullwhips for sale

All day Monday 11/29/10 every IN STOCK whip will be 20% off.  I’ve got a bunch of whips IN STOCK and ready to ship out, to see what I’ve got ready to ship visit:

http://bullwhips.org/bullwhip_store/viewcategory.php?groupid=4

This sale only applies to IN STOCK whips and I only have one of each of these whips, so don’t delay your order!  I’ll apply the 20% off to the prices before I go to bet tonight around 11pm, so check back then!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

San Diego Whip Enthusiasts…

San Diego Whip Enthusiasts…

On my last day in San Diego, right before I started the 22ish hour drive home, I hit up the San Diego Whip Enthusiasts meeting.  Everyone there was very cool, and I had a lot of fun…plus it was nice to get a bit of exercise before sitting for almost a full day.

I always like meeting other whip crackers and getting to crack the wide range of whips from other makers was pretty cool!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Signal Whip

Signal Whip

Yesterday I finished work on a 4 foot 16 plait signal whip.  Here’s the beginning of the plaiting:

16 plait signal whip

I made this signal whip slightly differently than how I normally make them.  I added an extra short bolster to the whip to give it a slightly larger diameter by the turkhead knot.  Visually I think I like them thinner, but it’s good to know what they look like a bit wider.

signal whip

I’ve added this signal whip to my IN STOCK whips page.

This weekend I have a full performing schedule, so I don’t know how much plaiting I’ll be getting in.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org