These whip’s overlays are made out of leftover centers of kangaroo that I had kicking around. That leather just happens to be the best leather on the kangaroo skin, but sometimes you end up with bits that are only good for a lace or two. Once you have a bunch of these, you can make whips out of them!
I specialize in making kangaroo leather bullwhips. However I have made several Paracord bullwhips in the past. I was contacted by a friend of mine who wanted a whip, but is vegan and they wanted a paracord whip. I had a roll of paracord that was just about enough for a bullwhip, so I agreed to make one to get the roll of nylon out of my closet.
Unfortunately I didn’t take many pictures of it in progress, here’s the whip without the heel knot:
And here’s the finished whip (before the final roll):
If you are looking for a paracord bullwhip, feel free to contact me and we can chat about making you one!
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.
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:
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.