Another Interesting Stock Whip Repair

Another Interesting Stock Whip Repair

This is the week of unusual whip repairs.  I have another stock whip that came in for a new fall.

fall replacement

Upon closer look at the fall this fall hitch wasn’t the normal fall hitch most whip makers use.

fall replacement

Here’s a little closer view of the fall hitch:

fall replacement
I’ve never seen this type of hitch in person, but have seen it in Ron Edwards book How To Make Whips:

It’s described on page 149 of the book as Maurice Doohan’s Hitch.  Here’s the finished fall hitch:

fall replacement
And the whole whip as it’s going back to its owner today:

fall replacement

In the How To Make Whips book the author mentions this works best on new whips, not on repairs.  After tying the hitch, I get the feeling that advice is more from an ease of making standpoint.  I can see how much easier it’d be to do that hitch with new lace over old lace.

This was a fun repair for me as it took me out of what I normally do!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Unique Way of Tying a Knot!

Unique Way of Tying a Knot!

I recently had a stock whip handle come in for a repair.  This whip belonged to someone that was a former rodeo performer.  Here’s  the handle when it got to me:

stock whip repair

Here’s the lash (he didn’t send me the lash, so I never got to see it in person):

stock whip lash

And a close up of the broken keeper:

stock whip repair

Nothing too exciting.  When I went to untie the knot, I realized what looked like a two pass knot, was actually one pass!

stock whip repair

The maker had tooled a line down the middle of the lace so that it appeared to be two pass knot!  I’d never seen this, or even considered doing it this way. They also did this with the heel knot to make it appear to be a three pass, when it was only one:

stock whip repair

To make this a more fun repair for me, I decided I was going to try to replicate the lace that was on the stock whip handle.  My first attempt was to take my fid and run it down the middle of a piece of lace.  It was a lot of work and turned out really sloppy and I forgot to take pictures of it.

For the second attempt I dug out  my lace cutter and had the blade barely poke out and ran a piece of lace over it.

leather lace cutter

This did work, but upon comparing it to the original lace it wasn’t what the original maker did. Also the slit in the lace was so thin, it really won’t show up until the whip gets used a bit and it gets dirty in the slit.

turkshead knot

My next idea was to use the tool in the picture below (I don’t know what the tool is called) and cut a little channel in  the leather lace:

turkshead knot

It took me two tries to get the channel straight, but it ended up working out and I think this is the method that it looks like the original maker used. Here’s how mine turned out:

stock whip repair stock whip repair

If you had some sort of tool that you ran the lace over and were mass producing whips, this would be an effective way to save some time.  Obviously it only works if everything is pretty much the same size.  Based on how this whip was made, the maker was cranking them out, and not concerned with leaving little gaps.

This stock whip handle is on the way back to it’s owner!

Louie

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Stock Whip Repairs

Stock Whip Repairs

Recently I have two stock whips come in for a repair.

stock whip repair

The first whip needed a new keeper:

stock whip repair
stock whip repair

The first step in replacing the keeper was cutting off the old one:
stock whip repair

Then I put a new keeper on, and it’s good to go:
stock whip repair

The second stock whip needed a keeper and a fall.  I started with replacing the keeper:

stock whip repair
So I cut off the old one:
stock whip repair
And put an new one on:
stock whip repair
While I was putting the lash onto the handle, I noticed the lash’s keeper was torn pretty bad:
stock whip repair
I called the owner and we talked about a couple of options and we decided to sew around the tear to add strength to the whip:

stock whip repair

And the whip is now back in crackin’ shape!
stock whip repair
These are in the mail back to their new owner.

If you’ve got a whip that needs a repair, feel free to contact me and we can chat about fixing it.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Stock Whip Kit

Stock Whip Kit

Here’s a Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit that I just sent out:

stock whip kit

I know I keep saying this, I don’t know how much longer I’m going to offer these.  I don’t make a ton of money on them, and they are lot of work for what I charge for them.  I’d almost rather charge a few bucks more and make the whip. The fun part is assembling the whip, not cutting out the leather!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

A Dozen Whips!

A Dozen Whips!

I don’t think I ever posted the pictures of the dozen whips I made a little while ago.  I made all twelve of them in less than 10 days and at the end of that my hands were hurting!

Here they are right before they went into the box:

stock whips and bullwhips

Here are the six 4 foot stock whips:

stockwhips

And here are the six bullwhips each at six feet long:

bullwhips

Doing that many whips in a short amount of time is a challenge, however I always learn something that’s a time save for future projects!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Stock Whip Repair

Stock Whip Repair

I recently had this stock whip come in for a repair.

whip repair

It needed a new fall and point plaited onto the whip.  Quite often when a whip comes in for a repair they are very dry. One of the first things that I do is give it a coat of grease.  However many whips are beyond repair and will basically turn to dust if you try to move the strands.  This whip was on the edge, however I was able to get a new fall onto it!

whip repair

The  moral of the story is to make sure your whips don’t get dried out.   A light coat of Pecard’s Leather dressing a couple of times a year on a whip that you don’t use will help keep it in good shape.

 

 

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Making Lot’s of Bullwhips…

Making Lot’s of Bullwhips…

One thing I’ve learned in the past about making big orders of bullwhips is the importance of stretching before you start plaiting.  For example yesterday I braided the insides and outsides of two six foot bullwhips, so that over 20 feet of plaiting!  My hands and arms are tired, however without doing a bit of stretching before braiding they’d be a lot more sore!

It’s not just the braiding, but the cutting and pretty much anything will wear out your hands, and I can’t lose time as I have a deadline for this order, so I can’t be out of work for a day or two because my hands are sore.

The other thing about making these whips is looking to have productive time that is a different task with my hands. So cutting is using my hands differently than plaiting which is different than rolling whips.

This is a hard balancing act as to save time it’s easier to do things Assembly Line Style.  So I try to do all of one task at a time.  It saves it set up and clean up time, as well as you get much faster at a particular task when you aren’t constantly changing gears.

Today should be the last day of plaiting overlays for the six bullwhips!  Tomorrow my hands will get a plaiting break as I get to work on the knots and making the handles for the stock whips!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhips!

Bullwhips!

I just got started working on some bullwhips and some stockwhips.  I didn’t have enough kangaroo skins for the order, so I headed up to David Morgan to pick up some kangaroo:

kangaroo for making whips

I picked up a dozen kangaroo skins for the whips.  I got started on the bullwhips by making the cores (and plaiting one belly):

bull whip core

I’ve already got all the bolsters cut out. The next step is to get work on the cutting out the braided parts.

For larger orders like this to save time I try to work “production line” style.  Trying to do all of one thing for all the whips at the same time.  So I’ll cut out all the cores at the same time. Then I’ll attach them all at the same time. It saves a lot of time and mentally if I’m in a groove, I don’t get out of it by switching mental gears to another task.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Whip Repairs…

Whip Repairs…

Recently I’ve had a bunch of whips come in for new falls and repairs.  I think it’s due to the weather getting better and people are going out to crack whips and remembering that fall they forgot to change in September.

If you have a whip that needs a new fall or repair you can get more info on those services by clicking here.

 

These three lashes needed new falls:

 

Stock Whip

Stock Whip

Here they are after the falls were put on:

Stock Whip

Stock Whip

This handle needed the keeper replaced:

hunt whip

fox hunting whip

Unfortunately I can’t find the picture of it with new keeper. When I find it I’ll post it.

Louie