Another Budget Signal Whip

Another Budget Signal Whip

Last night I finished up the last of the batch of three signal whips I started a week or so ago.  The first two were 4 feet long and this one is 3 1/2 feet long.

signal whip

These budget signal whips all crack great!  There is only one of the 4 foot left and this 3  1/2 foot is available on my IN STOCK whips page.

Today’s project is to finish up a beginners bullwhip that I started a  couple of weeks ago.  I’m trying to finish up all my half started projects before I start anything new.

Louie

Signal Whips and Bolster Splice

Signal Whips and Bolster Splice

Here’s one of the finished signal whips that I’m working on right now:

signal whip

This signal whip is listed for sale on my IN STOCK WHIPS page.

For this being a budget signal whip it’s got a really nice crack!  The construction is very simple it’s a leather shot bag (filled with lead shot of course) and a 4 plait overlay.  The overlay is veg tanned cowhide leather and the cracker is plaited nylon.

The big difference between something like this signal whip and a standard one that I would make from kangaroo will be longevity.  This Budget Signal Whip is an entry level signal whip and one that’s not intended for someone to still have 10 years from now.  Hopefully if you get this one and crack it for a year or so and after that you’ll decide whether or not a signal whip is for you.  If they are something you like you’ll invest a bit more money in a nicer whip

Here’s a picture of three of them in various states on construction:

Single tail signal whip

The bottom is just a core, the middle is with the overlay plaited and the top is a completed signal whip.

I’m still working on the bullwhip for my Choose Your Own Bullwhip auction on ebay and I just posted an updated photo of the handle on the auction listing.  Currently I’m working on plaiting the lash of the bullwhip and one thing that I’ve already done is plaited over the splice in bolster:

bullwhip

The picture above is about 1/4 of the way into plaiting over the bolster splice.  I splice my bolsters at an angle which is how David Morgan taught me how to do it.  I think this is the best way to do it because you aren’t adding any thing to the bolster like tape or string so it’s a nice, clean splice.  Also the angle splice is very fast to cut out and to put into the bullwhip.

When I make my bolsters the completely encircle the plaited part belly below them.  I also try to have them completely surround the filler strands that extend past the plaited part of the belly for as long as possible.

Later today I should be putting some more pictures of this bullwhip’s lash on the ebay auction listing, you can view it at: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220965764135

Louie
http://bullwhips.org 

Economy Signal Whip and a Unique Bullwhip

Economy Signal Whip and a Unique Bullwhip

I was looking at what was left of a side of veg tanned cowhide that I had kicking around and realized it was just big enough to make a few signal whips.  So yesterday I made some shot bags and plaited up one of the signal whips (it still needs a turkshead):

signal whip

This Economy Signal Whip is 4 plait and four feet long.  I just gave it a few cracks in my living room and it’s got a great crack!

I’m trying to come up with interesting whip related content right now because I’m keeping all the updates for the current bullwhip that I’m working on for the Choose Your Own Bullwhip ebay auction exclusively on the auction listing.  You can view this whip’s progress at: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220965764135

Here’s a video of a very unique bullwhip, it’s used by Mel B of the Spice Girls:

I had the same idea of putting a mic in a bullwhip while ago and I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t do it because it had already been done!

You can also see her rockin’ a bullwhip on Dancing with the Stars.  It’s at the 3:13 mark:

Louie
http://bullwhips.org 

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

Independence Day Whip Sale!

Independence Day Whip Sale!

From now until I wake up and update the prices on July 5th all IN STOCK whips are 17% off!

bullwhip

To see what I’ve got IN STOCK visit: http://bullwhips.org/bullwhip_store/viewcategory.php?groupid=4 Currently I have several bullwhips in kangaroo and cow leather, a signal whip and a snake whip.

This is a great chance to get a new whip to crack this summer!

Louie
http://www.bullwhips.org

Deluxe Beginner’s Bullwhips and a Bracelet

Deluxe Beginner’s Bullwhips and a Bracelet

Yesterday I started plaiting two six foot deluxe beginners bullwhips.  I got the bellies plaited:

Bullwhips

And one of the overlays finished:

bull whip

I’m out of falls, so I need to cut them out before I can finish either of these whips.  One thing I did because I couldn’t put a fall on the whip that’s overlay is finished is that I braided it an extra couple of inches and tied off the loose strands.  That way when it’s time to put the fall on I don’t have to undo  the point and replait it to make sure it’s tight.  This way I just unbraid about 2 inches and it should still be tight at that  point.

After these two Deluxe Beginners Bullwhips I’m going to start working on a few cowhide signal whips to use up the rest of this side of leather.

Here’s a bracelet that I made for myself a little while ago:

wrist band

plaited bracelet

The body of it is cowhide and the plaited portion is kangaroo.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Deluxe Beginners Bullwhip

Deluxe Beginners Bullwhip

Here’s the Deluxe Beginners Bullwhip that I finished a few days ago. bullwhip

I haven’t been doing as much plaiting as I would like the last few days. I’ve been busy working on other projects for my show.  For example I recently built a flea circus for my show:

seattle magic shows

And I’ve been putting the finishing touches on my shows that will tour around Washington and Oregon this summer (starting next week).

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