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

Stock Whip Kit

Stock Whip Kit

Here’s a Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit that I just sent out:

stock whip kit

I know I keep saying this, I don’t know how much longer I’m going to offer these.  I don’t make a ton of money on them, and they are lot of work for what I charge for them.  I’d almost rather charge a few bucks more and make the whip. The fun part is assembling the whip, not cutting out the leather!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Making a Six Foot Bullwhip

Making a Six Foot Bullwhip

Right now I’m working on a six foot 12 plait bullwhip in natural tan kangaroo.  I had some natural tan in stock, so I didn’t need to drive up to David Morgan to pick up a kangaroo skin.  I’m using a 57dm skin, however I also found a belly that I had cut out  a while ago for something else, but for whatever reason didn’t use in black kangaroo.  Since this will be in the inside of the whip you won’t see it.

bull whip

Currently I have both bellies and bolsters finished.

bull whip

Next up is to put some lead on for the knot foundation on get to work on the overlay.

People always ask how I can cut out the overlay before I’ve got the inner layers finished. It’s pretty simple, I know about what the strand widths should be and cut them a smidge wider than that.  I then will resize them once the inner layers are finished.

On the surface it sounds like it’s more work than cutting it later, however it actually saves me time.  By doing all of one task at the same time (i.e. strand cutting) it saves time in set up and clean up.  Regardless of what point I cut the strands they still need to pared which also accomplishes the resizing.

The more I make whips, the more I’m looking for ways to save time…not cut corners, but to save time by eliminating steps that are duplicate, like sweeping the floor twice or putting away the leather only to take it back out an hour later. While these are small amounts of time, when you add them all up they can add up to a decent chunk of time.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org