Signal Whip / Single Tail Whip

Signal Whip / Single Tail Whip

For fun I made a 3 1/2 foot signal whip (aka single tail whip).

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.

signal whip

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. 

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Signal Whip

Signal Whip

I just finished a 3 foot signal whip (AKA single tail whip).

signal 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.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Finished Signal Whips!

Finished Signal Whips!

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:

kangaroo signal whip

The second one is 12 plait and black with a little bit of red:

Signal Whip

Here are the two whips together:

signal whip

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.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Single Tail Whips…

Single Tail Whips…

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:

single tail whip

This one just needs the wrist loop and knot put on.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Signal Whips!

Signal Whips!

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:

veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo

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.

signal whip

Today I’ll get started on the overlays, and hopefully with some luck these whips will be finished on Friday.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Signal Whip – Cracker Replacment

Signal Whip – Cracker Replacment

I just had a couple of signal whips (aka Single Tail Whips) come in for new crackers.

Single Tail Whip

Single Tail Whip

And here they are with the new crackers:

Single Tail Whip Single Tail Whip

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.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Visiting David Morgan…

Visiting David Morgan…

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:

david morgan whips
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:

veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo

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.

how to make a whip

Now it’s time to start cutting up leather and doing some plaiting!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Whip Trick on TV

Whip Trick on TV

Recently I was on a game show and they interviewed me as a whip maker  and  I did a quick whip trick for them.  Here’s a bit of my appearance on the TV game show Let’s Ask America:

I’m using an 8 plait signal whip (aka single tail) on the show. I chose that whip because
it’s shorter and would frame slightly better than a longer whip on the screen.
Louie
http://bullwhips.org