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:
And here’s the inner belly braided over the kangaroo core:
Then the inner kangaroo bolster was attached:
And the outer kangaroo belly was plaited over it:
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:
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!
Right now the 8 foot two tone bullwhip’s overlay is about halfway finished.
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.
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:
This bullwhip has a 10 inch handle and all of its internal construction is complete:
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.
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.
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.
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!
The overall length is a hair shorter than 11 inches with the sting ray barb being about 5 inches.
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:
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.
The 16 plait bullwhip is finished and it’s listed on my IN STOCK whips page. Here are a couple of pics of it:
My next project is another 16 plait bullwhip, however there will be a difference between the two. The bullwhip above has a 12 inch 3/8 spike for the handle and the next one will have a 12 inch spring steel rod. The spring steel is much light and thinner so besides being a bit lighter the whip will also have a thinner profile. Also spring steel of the diameter that I’m using has a very slight bit of flex which will enhance how this bullwhip cracks.
Here’s the bullwhip in its current state:
This bullwhip has it’s out belly plaited and at the very least today I’ll be able to get the outer bolster on.
P.S. Remember if you order an IN STOCK whip by 1pm Seattle time on 12/20/11 it will arrive by Christmas!