8 Foot Bullwhip

8 Foot Bullwhip

Here’s a bullwhip that’s 8 feet long with a 12 plait two tone overlay:

bull whip

I’ve been working on this bullwhip off and on for a little bit.  It’s an order for a friend of mine that needed it mid-January, so I worked on it in between other projects.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a two tone whip with a plaited pattern.  It was fun to do!

It’s shipping out today, almost a month ahead of schedule!

Louie
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Tightening Up a Bull Whip Point

Tightening Up a Bull Whip Point

Recently I was performing at a festival and ran into Henrik Bothe.  He’s a juggler and many years ago he had gotten a 4 foot bullwhip from me.  He had the whip that I made with his show and still uses it in the show.

Here’s the whip:

bull whip

When I saw it I notice it could use a bit of a tune up.  The point over the years had loosened.

bullwhip

I replaited the point of the whip:

bull whip

Now Henrik has a whip that’s good as new! If you need a  whip that needs a bit of a tune up, let me know!

Louie

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Whip Repairs…

Whip Repairs…

Recently I’ve had a bunch of whips come in for new falls and repairs.  I think it’s due to the weather getting better and people are going out to crack whips and remembering that fall they forgot to change in September.

If you have a whip that needs a new fall or repair you can get more info on those services by clicking here.

 

These three lashes needed new falls:

 

Stock Whip

Stock Whip

Here they are after the falls were put on:

Stock Whip

Stock Whip

This handle needed the keeper replaced:

hunt whip

fox hunting whip

Unfortunately I can’t find the picture of it with new keeper. When I find it I’ll post it.

Louie

 

From the Mailbag…

From the Mailbag…

Here’s an email I got recently:

I have a 10′ snake whip I just finished, came out beautiful, my first one. I have tried it and can only get little pops from it intermittently, I was wondering if it might be the length of the fall or cracker or both, could you tell me what the lengths should be for both of these and how many strands should I use in the cracker?

Thanks for the email and when a whip doesn’t crack right, there are basically two things that will cause that:

#1 Operator Error

#2 Equipment Error

I’m going to assume the person knows how to crack a whip properly and isn’t trying to “dish rag” it.  So that brings us to #2 equipment error.   In my opinion there is no one length for a fall or number of strands for the cracker that is correct.  You can get a great crack with a whip that has an extremely short or long fall, and you can get a great crack out of a whip that has a very heavy or light fall.  Heck you can even get a decent crack from a whip that has no fall.

Every whip will like slightly different fall.  When I started I would cut my falls at 3 feet and put them on the whip. I’d take it to the park and start cracking it.  I would then cut the fall shorter and shorter to find the length that I liked.  Pretty simple…just trial and error.  If what is failing is the fall, you’ll quickly find the perfect fall length for the whip.

As for the cracker for simply getting a good crack, this probably isn’t the problem.  As for how many strands, it depends on what you are using.  Right now I have a spool of lighter nylon and it takes twice the number of strands that I use when I use heavier nylon.  The easy way to find what is right for what you are using is to make three crackers.   Make one that’s what you think you should have, then make one that’s heavier and one that’s lighter.   Put the middle one on the whip and crack it a bit.  Then try the other two…which cracked the best?  Use that one.  You can take it a step further if the one that cracked the best was the light or heavy one.  You can then make another cracker a step further in that direction and see if that works even better!

After experimenting with different falls and crackers and the whip’s performance doesn’t improve, then you need to look at the internal construction of your whip.   Is it efficiently moving energy down the lash of the whip?  A couple places to think about are:

Is it braided tightly?  If the braid isn’t tight on all the braided layers, the energy travelling down the whip is hitting speed bumps slowing it down and making it hard to crack.

Is your core dense?  Since the question relates to a snake whip, you are using mass instead of the leverage a handle would give you to put the initial energy into the whip.  If you core is lead, but not well packed, or of a huge diameter, then the energy is once again hitting speed bumps.

Is your core something other than lead?  For example ball chain is something popular for a core with many amateur nylon whip makers.  I don’t understand why you’d use ball chain as it’s hollow and doesn’t contribute weight or density to the core of the whip (but I don’t make many nylon whips), however in my opinion for a leather whip it’s useless for adding weight.

Those are just a few things to consider if the problem is beyond the fall and cracker.

Hope that helps!

Louie

Learn to Make a Bullwhip DVD

Learn to Make a Bullwhip DVD

I’m working on finishing up a project I started a couple of months ago while I was travelling in the midwest.  It’s DVD that will teach you how to make a basic beginners bullwhip.  The pattern I’m using is pretty simple, it’s a core, plaited belly and 4 plait overlay.


This DVD assumes you’ve never made a whip before, and takes you step by step through the entire process.  Everything used in it was sourced in one shopping trip to a Tandy Leather Factory and an Ace Hardware.  However you could get the same materials from pretty much any leather shop and hardware store.

The DVD was recorded while I was travelling, so I’m making the whip in hotel rooms.  I did this on purpose because I wanted to come up with a way to make a whip for someone who didn’t have a whip making shop.  Since I was in a hotel room, I couldn’t screw hooks into the walls, so you’ll learn to make a whip…without committing to hanging hooks on the walls in your house!

Currently I’m doing the final editing on the Make a Beginner’s Bullwhip DVD and it is scheduled to ship out on 5/23  . This DVD will  sell for $30, however as a presale special, if you order before midnight on 5/22/16, you will save $10!  That means the Make a Beginner’s Bullwhip DVD is only $20 and I’ll include free shipping!

The DVD is $30 and to order simply click the button below to add it to you cart!

Then click the “Cart” button at the top of the page to complete checkout!

Louie
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Beginner’s Bullwhips!

Beginner’s Bullwhips!

I’ve had some extra time the last couple of weeks and used that time to make a couple of the Beginner’s Bullwhips.  These bullwhips are made of cowhide (mostly).  They have a leather core, 4 plait belly and 4 plait overlay.  The knots are kangaroo.
beginners bullwhip bull whip inexpensive bullwhip

All of these whips are 6 feet long.  I just listed them on the IN STOCK whips page.  There are only three…you can get one, two or all three.

Louie