My current project is an 8 foot bullwhip. Here’s the core attached to the handle:
This whip is going to be a 4 plait cowhide bullwhip, so nothing fancy, just a working whip.
I use a “doubled” core, I first learned about doing this to my core from David Morgan’s book Whips and Whip Making:
This is a great book, if you don’t have it and want to make whips you need to have it!
I just had a Jacka bullwhip come in for a repair. The bullwhip’s owner said a mouse had chewed through several strands on the lash of the bullwhip. The bullwhip’s owner agreed to lashing over the damaged portion after being presented with several options to fix the strands.
For more info on lashing see David Morgan’s Book Whips and Whip Making.
Here’s the bullwhip after having the lashing applied:
While lashing is something that you can visually see, I did some shopping around to try to find an appropriate waxed cord that was a close color match to the color of the lash of the bullwhip. The waxed cord I found was a couple of shades darker brown than the lash of the whip, however it looks better than using the standard colors of white or black.
This bullwhips is off to its owner tomorrow.
Currently I’m working on an Indiana Jones style bullwhip built with David Morgan’s construction. You can find out more about David’s method in his book Whips and Whip Making.
There are some differences between how they make bullwhips at David Morgan and how I normally make mine. For example the lead load is one of the first thing they do at David Morgan and it’s one of the last things that I do. Neither way is right or wrong, just how we do it.
Here’s the bullwhip with both bellies finished:
And here’s the bullwhip as it is currently:
It still need to have the wrist loop added:
The knots need to be tied and a few finishing touches. So far I’m happy with how this has turned out! Next up I’ll be finishing up a 16 plait riding crop that I started a while ago.