Stock Whips…

Stock Whips…

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.

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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.

how to make a stock whip

 

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!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Tianna The Traveller’s Stock Whips

Tianna The Traveller’s Stock Whips

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:

Tianna the traveller

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.

 

 

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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

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Stock Whip Repair…

Stock Whip Repair…

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:

jim hurlbutt stock whip

and here’s close up of the fall keeper.  The fall had broken off right at the keeper.

stock whip

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!

stock whip

Jim put an interesting knot on the handle:

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I’ve done a whip or two like that, but not very many.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Stock Whip Kit

Stock Whip Kit

I just finished packing up a Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit:

stock whip

These are a great way to learn to braid a whip, without the time commitment of learning to cut and pare leather. I’ve got a few more cane stocks left, once they are gone, I’m considering discontinuing the Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit.  They take a lot of time to  pack everything up and I don’t make enough of  them to justify the time commitment…or maybe I’ll just raise the cost.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Stock Whip Kit

Stock Whip Kit

I just got back into town and just put together and shipped out another Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit.

stock whip

 

These kits come with all the leather precut and pared along with all the parts of the whip and a DVD that teaches you how to put it together.   I’m thinking of making a similar kit for making a simple 4 plait leather bullwhip.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Final English Calf Bullwhip

Final English Calf Bullwhip

I’m almost finished with what will be my last English Calf Bullwhip (for now), however there might be enough left for a short signal whip.  I bought this English Calf a while ago and have made 4 whips from it and while I like the leather, it’s just too expensive.  It’s priced about the same as kangaroo and kangaroo is a better whip  making material.  If kangaroo were to become unavailable I would use the English Calf.

The whip I’m working on is a 5 foot 12 plait bullwhip.

bullwhip

This isn’t for a specific order, so it’ll get finished whenever I get around to it.

Also I’m doing some spring cleaning and selling some whips that I’ve made, but never really used.  Right now I have a stock whip on ebay that is 5 feet long with a 12 plait lash and 24 plait handle.  You can check out the auction at: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=221427874368

Over the next month or so I’ll be listing  a few more whips.  I’ll let you know here when I list them!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org