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!
Not too long ago I was up in Edmonton, AB, Canada doing a show and stopped by a farmer’s market. I was looking around and heard whips being cracked! Turns out it Tianna The Traveller cracks a pair of stock whips to build a crowd at the start of her circle show. Here she is doing an escape where she’s wrapped up in packing straps and gets out:
After the show I had a good time chatting with her and it turns out her stock whips were made by Steve Huntress at Noreast whips.
I’ve got a pair of bullwhips that Steve made a long time ago…I think before Noreast Whips had a webpage! Steve also has a good book on making nylon bullwhips called: How To Make Nylon Bullwhips
I recently had a stock whip made by Jim Hurlbutt come in for a fall replacement. Here’s the whip when it got to me:
and here’s close up of the fall keeper. The fall had broken off right at the keeper.
The first thing I did was give it a coat of grease as the whip was very dry. After letting that soak in I put the new fall on and it was back in the mail to its owner in a flash!
Jim put an interesting knot on the handle:
I’ve done a whip or two like that, but not very many.