Goat Hide Bullwhip…

Goat Hide Bullwhip…

Last night I started working on a bullwhip made from Veg Tanned Goat Hide.  I’ve never worked with goat before, so this a fun project for me.  I’ve got enough goat hide to make three bullwhips that are entirely from the goat hide (core, belly, bolster, overlay).

The nice thing about the goat hides is that they are about the same size and a kangaroo skin (5-7 square feet), so for the most part I can look at the hide and know how much whip I can make out of it.

The one thing that I’ve notice about the goat so far (I’ve cut out the core, belly and boslter) is that the outside of the hide is very stretchy.  When I cut the belly I had to do the strands very wide to make up for the stretch.   I did like how the leather felt “softer” than cowhide, so I’m hoping that will translate into it braiding easily.

The goal with the goat hide is to be able to make an 8 plait beginners bullwhip that will sell for about $200.  Since the general length of bullwhip that’s suggested for beginners is between 6 and 8 feet, I’m planning on making these 7 foot bullwhips.

Also since the goat hide is natural tan in color these beginners bullwhips will have an Indiana Jones look to them.  I still need to finish braiding the 10 foot whip I’m working on, but with a bit of luck I might be able to get on of these beginners bullwhips finished.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Beginners bullwhips…

Beginners bullwhips…

Yesterday morning I was on the phone with the company that supplies the leather that I use for my Beginners Bullwhips.  I was expecting a shipment of the cowhide last week, and it never showed up.  I’ve found out that the two kinds of leather that I’ve used are unavailable (of course they didn’t tell me that when they took my order!).

So I’m trying out a couple of different types of leather that are more expensive than what I was  using, but hopefully will make a decent whip.  I’m trying a few more sides of English Kip and some Veg Tanned Goat.  I’ve used English Kip to make bullwhips before, but honestly I think it was mislabeled because it was horrible.  Supposedly the English Kip braids well, what I had in the past didn’t.  As for the goat it’s something new to me, and I’m excited to try it out.

Since I’m paying more for these hides than was I was for the previous cowhide, the price of the beginners bullwhips will go up a bit.  I’m thinking I”m going to try make 8 plait bullwhips out of these hides, that way you get a little more value out of the price hike.

We’ll see how well  they braid an 8 plaits, if I keep breaking the English Kip or Veg Tanned Goat, I may go back to doing the bullwhips as 4 plait.

I’m expecting these hides to come in next week, so we’ll see what I think of them then.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org