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

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