Bullwhip Making on the Road

Sometimes when I travel, I make bullwhips in my hotel room. I’ve done this enough over the years that I have a system. It starts with laying down a plastic drop cloth on the ground to make my mess easy to clean!

whip making in a hotel

Here’s the outer belly of the six foot bullwhip I’m working on:

bullwhip plaited belly

And here’s the whip with the boslter attached:

bullwhip belly and bolster

And the 8 plait whiskey overlay that has been stretched and pared:

Bullwhip 8 plait whiskey kangaroo

I have a way I lock the whip into the door jam to keep it from slipping out while I plait.

bullwhip 8 plait overlay

This 6 foot 8 plait bullwhip should be done tomorrow! This is a whip I’m making for fun, so when it’s done, I’ll list it on my IN STOCK whip page.

Junk Shop Whips!

I’m in a small town today and stopped by an “antique mall” and came across some whips.

The first whip looks to be an 8 plait bullwhip that was made out of split leather, so there is no grain side, only flesh on both sides of the strands. That means it lacks the smoother grain side of the whip.

bull whip

The second whip is a 4 plait two tone swivel handle whip.

swivel handle bullwhip

The final whip is a rawhide quirt.

rawhide quirt

The two bullwhips were pretty dried out, and would need some Pecard Leather Dressing before you could crack them without worrying about blowing the ends off the whips.

Usually if you find a whip in an antique shop, it’s poorly maintained and overpriced. I think these are being sold more for decoration that for someone to go out and crack in the yard. You could get better whips or at least equal quality and new for the same price they were asking for these!

6 Foot Bullwhip!

I love coming across whips while I travel around performing. Here’s a whip that belongs to Scotty and Katrine. They got it 20+ years ago from Western Stage Props and it was probably made by Joe Strain.

bullwhip 6 foot 12 plait

This bullwhip is 6 feet and made in 12 plait kangaroo. When people say that whips are expensive, I tell them a well made whip will last decades and poorly made one will last a year or two. That’s the huge difference, in the long run, cheap whips will cost you more.

Mini bullwhip

Sometimes I have time for a fun project. This is a mini bullwhip that measures approx 14 inches from the butt of the handle to the end of the fall hitch:

bullwhip

It’s a 12 plait kangaroo whip made in the style of the Indiana Jones whips. Internally it’s got a plaited belly and the 12 plait overlay ends with a 6 plait point.

indiana jones bullwhip

This little whips are challenging and fun to make!
This whip is listed for sale on my IN STOCK whips page
-Louie

Finished Six Whips

I finished the six whips, and my hands are sore! They came out great, here are the stock whips:

stock whip

And here’s all six of the whips:

stock whip and bull whips

It always amazes me how much time is saves to make things production line style. Cutting out three of every thing at the same time and doing the same physical action three times in a row really make a project like this go quickly.

-Louie