KotCS Bullwhips…

KotCS Bullwhips…

I’m finishing up a KotCS bullwhip today that isn’t spoken for (let me know if you are interested in ordering this one).   The wrist loop is finished so all that is left is to roll the whip, attach the wrist loop, tie the knots and shellac it!

Here’s the whip before rolling:

kotcs bullwhip

Lately I’ve seen some a lot of bullwhip maker make Indy Bullwhips that have horrible wrist loops.  By horrible I mean that they are too short.  A wrist loop on a bullwhip should be long enough for someone with a “ham hand” to put their hand through the loop.  And on a KotCS sytle whip they  should be able to tie it in a knot like Delongis does and it looks like the whip that Harrison Ford has in the new movie also has the wrist loop tied.

Here’s the wrist loop after it was plaited:

bullwhip wrist loop

Recently I did a bullwhip wrist loop with out paring and one where I did both flesh corners (how I normally do it) and was amazed at the difference!  The one without any beveling came out much chunkier looking and the pared one was much smoother.  It made something that David Morgan told me a long time ago really make sense.  He said that he doesn’t always pare the belts he makes because it give them more texture.

Back to Bullwhip Making…

Back to Bullwhip Making…

I’m back from my trip to Oregon.  On the way there I got stuck in traffic when the freeway was closed due to a big car accident.  While I was sitting in traffic I managed to cut out and plait a 6 plait natural tan wrist loop.  I had a bit of a hide in my car and one of my blades, so it worked out well.

Tonight I’m going to finish up the last foot of plaiting on a 6 foot KotCS bullwhip (hopefully) and tomorrow I’ll finish cutting out the overlay for an 8 foot Morgan Indy Style bullwhip.

also I’m experimenting with two different ways to shape falls.  I just took them out of the “goo” so we’ll see how they turn out.

I’m also making a bullwhip for retired magician (Stan Kramien) that used to have a HUGE touring magic show.  He saw my bullwhip act over the weekend.  He used to do a bullwhip act, so I’m making him a 4 foot.  He can’t stand for too long, so it needs to be something he can use sitting.