Snake Whip with Sewn Cover

Snake Whip with Sewn Cover

I finally finished and shipped out this snake whip!  

Sewing the leather cover takes forever!  First you have to mark the holes, then you have to punch the holes and finally you have to sew the cover!   

My hands are used to braiding, but the stitching really made them sore!  

This whip is in the mail on the way to its new owner!  

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Snake Whip with a Sewn Cover…

Snake Whip with a Sewn Cover…

I just finished sewing up the cover for this snake whip:

snake whip

Sewing the cover took a lot longer than I thought it would.  It’s a huge pain to do it, with marking the holes, making the holes, then the actual sewing.  I’m glad it’s over.

All that’s left for this whip is to build up the heel knot and put it on.  Also there will be a decorative knot at the lash end of the cover.

 

Louie

Cutting Out Overlays for Single Tail Whips

Cutting Out Overlays for Single Tail Whips

I cut out the two 12 plait overlays for the two 3 1/2 foot signal whips and did all of the lace prep.  Unfortunately I’m travelling a bit the next few days, so no work will happen on them until next week.

kangaroo for whip making

While I was working on the lace for these whips, I started to wonder if leather was compostable.  Turns out that a lot of the leather I normally throw away can be composted.  I’m throwing away small bits of it from paring the edges of the lace, so that breaks down pretty easily:

kangaroo for whip making
The other thing to consider is how the leather is tanned.  I mostly use Veg Tanned leather, which means the the leather is tanned without chemicals and is environmentally friendly.  However things like Whitehide which is tanned with chemicals shouldn’t go in the compost bin.

Louie

Whip Weight

Whip Weight

Recently I had someone ask me about the weight of  the 3 1/2 foot signal whip that’s currently on my IN STOCK whips page.
I threw it on the scale and weighed it:

signal whip

It came in at 9 ounces, which feels good when cracking it.

So that I had something to compare it to, I weighed a 6 foot bullwhip:

12 plait bullwhip

It came in at 15.4 ounces.

Proportionally the signal whip is much heavier than the bullwhip, which is something you want in a signal whip.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Short Bullwhip

Short Bullwhip

My current project is working on a 4 1/2 foot bullwhip with a 12 inch handle.  I’m using a 57 dm veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo skin that I got from David Morgan:

kangaroo skin

This bullwhip will have a core, plaited belly, two bolsters and a 12 plait overlay. Here’s the first bolster sitting on the plaited belly:

how to make a bullwhip

And here’s the bolster after it has been tied onto the belly:

how to make a bullwhip

I then attached the 2nd bolster (not pictured) and cut out the 12 plait overlay:

bull whip

Tomorrow I’ll get onto plaiting the overlay.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Finishing Up Some Projects

Finishing Up Some Projects

I figured I should finish up some projects that I started a long time ago. I’ve got a 4 foot two tone bullwhip where I made the insides and cut out the overlay probably a year ago.

bullwhip

I’m finally getting to work on finishing it. I finished up plaiting the overlay.

how to make a bullwhip

No hopefully it won’t sit for another year before I put the knot on it!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Beginner’s Bullwhip

Beginner’s Bullwhip

I’ve got another Beginner’s Bullwhip in the works.
beginner's bullwhp

These whips have a plaited belly and a 4 plait cowhide overlay.  They are designed for someone who wants to try out whip cracking without investing in a kangaroo whip.  I’ll finish this whip up when I have some more free time and I’ll list in on my IN STOCK whips page.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org