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!
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:
I picked up a dozen kangaroo skins for the whips. I got started on the bullwhips by making the cores (and plaiting one belly):
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.
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:
Here they are after the falls were put on:
This handle needed the keeper replaced:
Unfortunately I can’t find the picture of it with new keeper. When I find it I’ll post it.
I just finished up cutting out the leather for a Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit:
Pretty much as soon as I finished that one another order for one of these kits came in, so I’ll be banging out another kit today!
I just shipped out a Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit to an aspiring whip maker. You get all the parts of the whip including a DVD that takes you through all the steps to making a stock whip.
This kit is a great way to try your hand at making a whip. A stock whip is much easier to make than a bullwhip for a beginner and a great confidence booster before you take on a whip that’s more internally complex.
I don’t know how much longer I’ll offer these kits because they are a lot of work on my end to prepare and package all of the materials. After all the labor I really don’t make much on them.
For more information about the Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit or to order a kit visit: http://bullwhips.org/?page_id=7374
Over the last month I’ve been working on a big whip order and here’s what I made:
Three bullwhips that are eight feet long:
Three bullwhips that are six feet long:
Nine 4 foot stock whips:
Here’s the whole lot before I packed them up to ship out:
These whips are all 12 plait and all together end up being about 90 feet of plaiting!
This whip came in for a fall replacement:
Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of it with the new fall before I shipped it back to its owner.
If you have a whip that needs a fall replacement or repair you can get some more info by clicking here!
I’m still working on the 9 stock whips for part of a larger order. I’m out of town right now performing my show at a fair, so that means I’m doing more work in a hotel.
This week I drove instead of flying on a plane, so I brought a vise along withe me to clap onto the desk. That made some of the work a little bit easier.
I also brought a small vacuum which made the clean up much easier.
I still need to do about half of the handles and two lashes before this order is finished. I am one skin shy of what I need to finish this order, so that means I’ll have another trip up to David Morgan today or tomorrow to pick one up!
I just finished work on six bullwhips:
Now I have nine stock whips to make to finish this order!
I recently cut out a custom stock whip kit. This whip is 8 plait and basically is the whip in David Morgan’s book Whips and Whip Making, however its only 6 feet instead of 8 feet long.
The owner was happy with their first attempt at braiding a kangaroo whip!