Cutting Out Overlays for Single Tail Whips

Cutting Out Overlays for Single Tail Whips

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.

kangaroo for whip making

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:

kangaroo for whip making
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.

Louie

Whip Weight

Whip Weight

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:

signal whip

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:

12 plait 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.

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