Kangaroo Skins at David Morgan!

Kangaroo Skins at David Morgan!

Last week I swung by David Morgan to pick up some kangaroo skins.

kangaroo

I always love visiting them!  I picked up two black kangaroo skins for a 16 foot whip I’m making and a saddle tan kangaroo skin.

Saddle Tan Kangaroo

bull whip

bull whip

bullwhip

I was also surprised to see that they now stock the veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo in “whiskey” color now!  So they have more than just black and natural tan…that’s great news!  If you need kangaroo for making whips, I always recommend getting it from David Morgan, you’ll always get a great skin!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

6 ft. 12 plait bullwhip in progress…

6 ft. 12 plait bullwhip in progress…

Currently I’m working on a six foot 12 plait bullwhip in whiskey colored kangaroo.  Yesterday I got in insides of the bullwhip finished.

how to make a bullwhip

The picture above is the core and inner belly and below is the finished inner belly with the inner bolster attached.

Bullwhip - make a bull whip

I use the two belly two bolster construction for my kangaroo bullwhips.  Below is a picture of the finished outer (second) plaited kangaroo belly.

Bullwhip

And last night I managed to find time to cut out the overlay. This morning I’ll do the strand prep and maybe some braiding.

12 plait kangaroo bullwhip

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Kangaroo Day!!

Kangaroo Day!!

Yesterday I was expecting a shipment of Kangaroo from FedEx. Yesterday they stopped by but delivered some other packages, but no kangaroo. Then later that evening (about 8pm) I happened to go outside and when I opened the door there was a nice surprise waiting for me!

Kangaroo for bullwhips

I had seven veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo hides (by Packer) come in.   In the shipment were three natural:

Bullwhip natural tan

The three natural tan kangaroo skins aren’t for bullwhips, they are for another braiding project (that’s top secret).

I also had a Whiskey colored kangaroo skin:

bullwhip whiskey kangaroo

A Saddle Tan kangaroo skin:

Saddle Tan Bullwhip kangaroo

And two Red kangaroo skins:

Red Kangaroo skin for bullwhips

I’ve never had Drum Stuffed kangaroo in the color red before.  I’ve had dry kangaroo skins in red before…I’m very excited to get to work with this  stuff!    My original plan with them was to make a pair of 6 foot bullwhips.  I figured they’d be in the mid 50dm size, but these are 64dm each!  So I could easily get an 8 foot bullwhip out of each kangaroo skin.  I might still do the pair of 6 foot bullwhips and use the leftover for signal whips.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

8 foot Bullwhip Almost Finished…

8 foot Bullwhip Almost Finished…

Today I got some work in on an 8 foot KotCS style bullwhip. I finished up the overlay, plaited and attached the wrist loop, tied the knots and rolled everything. So all that is left is for me to shellac it and it’s finished!

12 plait bullwhip

Above is the bullwhip before rolling it and bellow is after it’s first roll (right now I roll my whips twice).

12 plait bullwhip for whip cracking

Below is the bullwhip with the wristloop attached.

8 foot bullwhip

I haven’t taken any pictures of the whip with the knots on it yet.  I’ll try to remember to take the pictures before and after the shellacing.

My next project is another 8 foot KotCS bullwhip.  I should be starting to cut up the hide for that either later tonight or tomorrow.  Here are my last two hides before my next shipment arrives…hopefully Wed or Thurs of next week.

Kangaroo for bullwhip making

Kangaroo for bullwhip making

I’ve done a few forward throws with the 8 foot bullwhip on my deck and that bullwhip’s got one heck of a crack!

Louie