Finished Sting Ray Bullwhip

Finished Sting Ray Bullwhip

Last night I finished the bullwhip with the sting ray handle.  Here’s the final pics:

I gave this bullwhip a few cracks last night and it’s got a great crack.  It’s always amazing to see the difference in how the bullwhip cracks before and after I put the lead in the handle.  It’s a good thing I got a chance to crack this last night, it’s pouring down rain today!

Louie
P.S. I just listed this bullwhip for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.

Sting Ray Handle Bullwhip Progress…

Sting Ray Handle Bullwhip Progress…

Here’s the work that is completed on the bullwhip with the stingray handle in the last couple of days. I finished the outer belly:

Bullwhip

The outer belly was attached:

Bullwhip

One of the biggest challenges wasn’t the 20 plait lash, but figuring out a way to attach the stingray to the handle.  For the handle the lash’s overlay has a long yoke that covers the whole handle, so the 20 plait lash is well secured under the sting ray.  Then I cut the sting ray to size, put a bit of a “sealer” on the flesh side to give me a nice solid back to glue to the handle. Then I used contact cement to hold it place along with some stitching at the seam.  It seems to be pretty solid right now.  I also had to use my dremel to grind down some of the sting ray’s bumps at the seam so that there wouldn’t be any sharp edges.

Here’s the stingray cut to size:

sting ray

And here’s the back of the sting ray after I coated it with gum tragacanth:

bullwhip
sting ray handle on bullwhip

This bullwhip is my first whip that has a 20 plait lash (I’ve done some 24 plait handles before) and I was amazed at how easy…or how not super difficult it it.  In the past the plaiting that I’ve done above 16 had fancy patterns, while this whip just has 4 seam work, which is pretty easy.  And the strand drops aren’t too hard because the strands are soo thin there isn’t too much bulk you are dropping, however I am dropping 10 strands (or 5 drop points) in the last three feet of the bullwhip.

bullwhip 20 plait

For some reason I tied the transition knot before the lash has been finished.

bullwhip

I should be able to find time to finish the lash of this bullwhip today…but I need to make some falls before I can complete the lash.  So at some point today I’ll start cutting out falls.

Louie
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Stingray Bullwhip

Stingray Bullwhip

Last night I started work on the bullwhip that will have the stingray handle.  Here’s the work that I got done:

how to make a bullwhip
Core and outer plaited belly
Bullwhip
Inner bolster attached
Bullwhips
Outer belly attached

If you don’t know what a stingray skin looks like, here’s the one that I got:

sting ray skin

A stingray skin is very small about 13 inches long by 6 inches wide.  The grain side is covered with tiny bumps that as slick.  Sort of like little plastic bubbles.  My plan for using it on the handle will be to measure it and cut it to size, but leave it a bit wider around the circumference of the handle.  Then fold the edges over and glue them in place.  Next I’ll have to sand off the bumps of on the part that was folded over.  Finally I’ll glue  and stitch the handle in place.

Louie
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Two handed bullwhip cracking

Two handed bullwhip cracking

Here’s a video I found online of me doing some two handed bullwhip cracking (I don’t think I’ve already posted this):

It was taken by my friend James Maxwell a while ago.

Also today I was at my local Tandy Leather to pick up a side of kip and they had some stingray skins on the counter. I picked one up, I’m thinking of using it for the handle of a bullwhip. There will be a little bit of an engineering challenge to attaching and stitching the stingray to the handle, but I think it will end up looking pretty cool!
Louie
http://bullwhips.org