Two Tone Bullwhip

Two Tone Bullwhip

This bullwhip has been in the works for a very long time and I’ve finally found time to get a bit more work in on it.  It’s one of my fun projects, if it was an order for someone it would have shipped out months ago.

This is a red and black kangaroo bullwhip.  What makes this different is that the handles strands start in one layout (all red going one way and all blacks going the other way), then at the end of the handle the strands end up in a different layout (3 red  / 3 black going one way and 3 red and 3 black going the other way).

I finished the plaiting the other day:

two tone bullwhip

Today I’m working on knots.  Here’s the scored lead sheet:

bullwhip
Hopefully I’ll get a the knots on this whip today!

Louie
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All Kangaroo Bullwhip

All Kangaroo Bullwhip

I finally finished the 6 foot 12 plait bullwhip where all the leather layers are kangaroo.

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This bullwhip has a kangaroo core, two plaited kangaroo bellies and three kangaroo bolsters.

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While this bullwhip is a bit lighter than I personally like my bullwhips, I was amazed at how awesome this whip cracked! This bullwhip is for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.

I was just looking at what I have in stock, and it looks like I need to make some more Deluxe Beginner’s Bullwhips and some signal whips.

Louie
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Kangaroo bolsters in a bullwhip…

Kangaroo bolsters in a bullwhip…

In the past I’ve made signal and short snake whips with kangaroo bolsters instead of using bovine leather.  I’ve  never made a full length bullwhip with kangaroo bolsters and I have a “second” skin kicking around that wouldn’t be the best for braiding with so I decided to make use it for the core and boslters of a 6 foot bullwhip.

Here’s the 12 inch spring steel handle and kangaroo core:

bullwhip core

And here’s the inner belly braided over the kangaroo core:

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Then the inner  kangaroo bolster was attached:

bullwhip

And the outer kangaroo belly was plaited over it:
bullwhip

And finally I started working on a 12 plait two tone overlay.  One thing I did on this bullwhip was put some patterns on the lash:

bullwhip

There are a  couple things that have surprised me while working on this bullwhip which weren’t as obvious when making shorter whips.  First  is the “in the  hand” weigh of this bullwhip.  The handle is very light feeling and I think I’m going to need to put some lead in the handle once the lash is finished to keep this from feeling very nose heavy.  Second is that the kangaroo leather is much lighter than bovine leather and compressed tighter as a bolster, so I had to add a 3rd bolster to bulk it up.

If I ever do this again I’ll probably use a spike as a handle and a flared out core.  That will add in the hand weight and bulk up the lash of the whip so that I don’t have to add a 3rd bolster.

So far this has been a fun project and hopefully I’ll have it finished soon so I can crack it!

Louie
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Bullwhip Progress and Sale on Stock Whip Kits

Bullwhip Progress and Sale on Stock Whip Kits

Right now the 8 foot two tone bullwhip’s overlay is about halfway finished.

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I should finish up this bullwhip today or tomorrow and have it in the mail to it’s new owner by the end of the week!

Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit SALE!

It’s time for me to cut out some more of the Make Your Own Stock Whip Kits.  While I’m cutting out a couple of them it’s not that much more work to make an extra one or two if I’m already working on them.  So right  now if you order a Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit you will get a $10 discount.

This discount is only good until I finish  cutting up the leather to make a few kits to have on hand.  Once I’m done I’ll end the sale and you’ll have to pay full price.

To order a Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit visit: http://bullwhips.org/bullwhip_store/viewitem.php?productid=193

Louie
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Two Tone Bullwhip Progress and a Beginner’s Bullwhip

Two Tone Bullwhip Progress and a Beginner’s Bullwhip

Currently I’m still working on an 8 foot 12 plait bullwhip that will have a two tone overlay.  The colors of the overlay are going to be black and tan:

how to make a bullwhip

This bullwhip has a 10 inch handle and all of its internal construction is complete:

Bullwhip

The next step is work on plaiting the overlay.

I also have finished an 8 plait beginners bullwhip.  This one was made with the Indy Bullwhip look in mind. The main difference is that this has a 12 plait overlay and a 5 plait wrist loop where the screen used whips have a 12 plait overlay and a 6 plait wrist loop.

bullwhip

This bullwhip was made with a leather core, plaited leather belly and leather bolster.  It’s available for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.

Louie
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8 Foot bullwhip

8 Foot bullwhip

Yesterday I got started working on an eight foot 12 plait bullwhip.  This bullwhip has a 10 inch handle and will have a two tone overlay in black and natural tan kangaroo.

bullwhip

Yesterday I got the two bellies finishes:

bullwhip

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I still need to finish cutting out and attaching the outer bolster before I can start cutting out the overlay.

Louie
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Plaited Sting Ray Barb Letter Opener

Plaited Sting Ray Barb Letter Opener

A  couple of nights ago I made a little letter opener that has a plaited handgrip and a sting ray barb for the “blade”.  This was inspired by this project: http://khww.net/tuts/leoisambert/barbedstingrayletteropener.pdf

Here’s what I ended up making:

kangaroo plaited letter opener

There are a few differences between my finished project and the one above, however the main one is that I removed the “barbs” from the sting ray barb.  This for me was purely a safety issue, the guy who I got the sting ray barb from sent me a long email warning me about how nasty getting one of them in your hand can be.  I didn’t want anyone to accidentally stab themselves with a barb while opening the cable bill!

Also the plaited hand grip was achieved not by braiding in the traditional whip making sense.  It’s actually tied like a turks head.  For me that was a fun challenge because I don’t do long knots very often.  The know is a 6 bight knot and I didn’t count the parts before I put the turks heads on the ends, so I don’t now the number of parts.  However I do know that it’s be a 24 plait if I was counting like it was braided.

sting ray letter opener

For me covering it with lace tied as a knot took a lot longer than if I were to plait over it, however I was making this for fun, not to see how fast I could make it!

Plaited letter opener

The overall length is a hair shorter than 11 inches with the sting ray barb being about 5 inches.

If you are interested in this 24 Plait Kangaroo Sting Ray Barb Letter Opener visit: http://bullwhips.org/bullwhip_store/viewitem.php?productid=200

Louie
P.S. I’ve posted an update on the Choose  Your Own Bullwhip ebay auction.  For details visit: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220965764135

Stock Whip Pair

Stock Whip Pair

Here’s the pair of stock whips that I started last week now that they are finished:

It’s amazing the different in the amount of energy your body saves once lead is put in the handles!  A bit of lead makes the whips much easier to hold on to.  Also I tried out these whips with kangaroo and with white hide falls (one on each lash) and cracked them on the same handles.

After trying it with both types of falls I was surprised to find out that I preferred a kangaroo fall over the whitehide.  Keep  in mind this is on a pair of stock whips which quite often have a finer point than a bullwhip.  Here’s the two stock whips being test cracked once I put a kangaroo fall on the second lash:

Louie
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Another Two Tone Bullwhip…

Another Two Tone Bullwhip…

My current project is another two tone bullwhip. This one is also black and saddle tan and 16 plait with some designs in the handle.

16 plait bullwhip

I’ve got it plaited to the 3 foot mark and today I should have time to get some more work on it done!

Also today is the last day to order anything IN STOCK if you want it delivered by Christmas (in the USA) and today is the last day that everything IN STOCK is 10% off.

Louie
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Bullwhip on ebay!

Bullwhip on ebay!

Yesterday I listed the 16 plait kangaroo bullwhip on ebay.  I figured it would make a great last minute Christmas present for someone (or yourself).  I did a shorter auction so that it ends in time for it to be delivered in the USA by Christmas.

Click here to view the auction!

Normally this bullwhip would sell for $490, but during this auction the opening bid is only $325 and the “Buy It Now” is $425.  This is a great chance to get a sweet deal on this bullwhip.

Also from now until Tuesday 12/20/11 at 1pm all of the whips on my IN STOCK whips page are 10% off.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org