I had a chance to get a little bit of work in on the 6 foot 12 plait bullwhip that has kangaroo bellies and kangaroo bolsters.
I’ve got it braided to about the four foot mark which on this whip is also the 12 to 10 plait strand drop. Unfortunately I’m not going to have a lot of time to work on it over the weekend due to my heavy performing schedule. Hopefully it will get finished monday.
The skin before cutting the overlay was 186 grams and the leftover skin after cutting weighed 56 grams. The overlay after I cut it out and pared it is 100 grams. However that 100 grams will probably change as I tweak lengths and widths during the whip making process.
There was 30 grams of waste from cutting the overlay and a total of 81 grams of waste total so far for the whole whip.
Hope fully I’ll have some time to work on this whip today and I have plans to try to crank out some of my Deluxe Beginners Bullwhips this week as well…we’ll see if I have time…
I’ve always been curious how much kangaroo gets throw away when you make a bullwhip. I’m making a 5 foot 12 plait bullwhip and starting with a 46 dm skin that weighs 262 grams. Keep in mind I’m doing all my weighing with my digital kitchen scale which may or may not be super accurate.
After the initial trim to cut the jagged edges off the kangaroo skin it now weight 224 grams.
So after the first trim we’ve lost 38 grams.
After cutting out the first belly the kangaroo skin weighs 186 grams and the belly is 25 grams.
Cutting off the belly have given us approx 51 grams of waste
Currently there is 25 grams of kangaroo in finished belly of the bullwhip.
Currently I have the bolsters on the whip and have cut out the overlay, but still need to pare it and I will weigh it once it’s ready for plaiting.
The other day shortly after I found out that Tandy Leather Factory has discontinued their kangaroo I got a call from the manager at my local Tandy offering to make a deal with me. I went out and checked out what he had and he made me a deal I couldn’t turn down, so I came home with some kangaroo:
I had to get a lot of this (buy out his stock) to get a sweet deal. I’ve got more than I need right now so if any one is interested in some kangaroo I can offer it to you at a pretty good deal at $15.50 per square foot with the average skin over 6 feet. If you are interested feel free to contact me and let me know what you color you and I’ll let you know what sizes I have.
My current project is working on a pair of 6 foot 8 plait bullwhips. They should get finished up today, and I’ll post some pics later today or tomorrow.
I recently remembered a source I have locally for kangaroo skins. They only have a couple in stock and they’ve had the same skins for years. These skins were expensive at $22.69 a square foot and that’s the price they’ve been at for several years. Lucky for me I remember this place had them and I bought them all them out and got them for $18 a square foot.
These are nice clear skins from packer and all are in the upper 70dm size range. It’s funny when they first got them in stock and priced them at $22.69 I thought that was insanely expensive (at the time I was paying in the ballpark of $11-$13 a square foot) and back then I wouldn’t believe that now I’d be excited to pay $18 a square foot for them!
Here’s one of them:
These kangaroo skins are a great size, shape and thickness for making Indy style bullwhips! This particular skin’s thickness is in the 1.25 mm range. David Morgan used to sell skins this thick, but no longer does and I’m exciting to have some again!
I was looking at what was left of a side of veg tanned cowhide that I had kicking around and realized it was just big enough to make a few signal whips. So yesterday I made some shot bags and plaited up one of the signal whips (it still needs a turkshead):
This Economy Signal Whip is 4 plait and four feet long. I just gave it a few cracks in my living room and it’s got a great crack!
I’m trying to come up with interesting whip related content right now because I’m keeping all the updates for the current bullwhip that I’m working on for the Choose Your Own Bullwhip ebay auction exclusively on the auction listing. You can view this whip’s progress at: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220965764135
Here’s a video of a very unique bullwhip, it’s used by Mel B of the Spice Girls:
I had the same idea of putting a mic in a bullwhip while ago and I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t do it because it had already been done!
You can also see her rockin’ a bullwhip on Dancing with the Stars. It’s at the 3:13 mark:
Over the weekend I started work on a shorter bullwhip which was originally intended to be 4 feet long, but I ended up making 4 1/2 feet long. The inspiration for this bullwhip internally was the Terry Jacka bullwhip that came in for repair. I was thinking about how he uses a split leather for the internal layers of his bullwhips and how that’s one of the reasons why his whips can get so heavy.
So this bullwhip that I made has a core, belly and bolster from split leather, however the 2nd bolster is veg tanned cowhide with a kangaroo overlay. The reason the last internal layer wasn’t split was that I wanted a smooth surface to plait over to allow me to pull a bit tighter when making this whip, while still getting the “rough on rough” effect on all the internal layers.
This bullwhip has a slightly thicker profile than my shorter bullwhips normally have, but it’s not that thick. I think this bullwhip’s in the hand weight feels closer to a 6 foot whip, however it’s actual weight is no where near a 6 foot bullwhip.
It’s got a great crack as well:
I also wanted to do some patterns on the handle of this bullwhip:
However I wanted a two tone handle and I had several options for methods that I could think of:
Hand dye the handle portion of six of the strands.
Braid the handle with 6 red and 6 black strands, then secure the 6 black at the end of the handle and add in 6 additional red strands at the end of the handle for the 12 plait overlay.
Add black strands on top of some of the red strands on the handle.
I chose to go with the last option mainly because it’s something that I hadn’t done before. I cut 6 pieces of lace and using a fid I followed the pattern going one way. Here’s a pic of adding the black after a few strands were added:
And the handle with all the strands added:
I did learn a few things that I didn’t anticipate when I started adding the second color to the handle. Mainly that I should have cut everything a hair wider to deal with the slightly increased diameter of the handle once the extra layer was added. Also that adding lace over something that is already plaited is a pain in the butt, and it probably would have been easier to plait two piece of lace on top of each other from the beginning.
Here’s the finished bullwhip:
This bullwhip is available on my IN STOCK whips page!
Today I finished a riding crop and made a stock whip. The stock whip is another 4 plait one and this one is made from veg tanned cowhide instead of the Latigo like the last few. This one is made with the same basic construction as the previous stock whips as well.
The riding crop I started working on last night is from kangaroo and it’s a 24 plait ending at 16 plait. The core is made from rawhide with a cane center. This one has a lot of fun plaiting in it.
My favorite part is the black band in the middle of the riding crop.
I also put a thinner slapper on this one than I’ve used in the past.
I originally made this as something I was was thinking of using to donate to a raffle…but part of me wants to keep it for myself! However I don’t know if I need more things in my closet that I’ve made. For now this riding crop and the stock whip are for sale on my IN STOCK page.