I’m feeling a bit better today after getting 13 hours of sleep…but I am still sick. Sometimes you hear stories of entertainers collasping onstage and dying. Well I know why, even if you are sick, you have to do the gig. Sure if you are really dying, you can call in sick…but don’t expect to get booked next year.
This afternoon I did some plaiting on the Australian bullwhip and I am over halfway finished with the overlay. I’m not sure if I’m going to end at an 8 plait or 6 plait. From what I believe an aussie whip traditionally ends in an 8 plait while an american bullwhip ends in a 6 plait.
This whip has a very slim profile and I’m not sure if I like that or not. But I was trying to make this whip more stockwhip-esque, so the thinner profile fits. We’ll see how it turns out.
I’m still sick today, but I have some pictures of bullwhips that I’m working on. Here’s the Aussie Bullwhip that I’m working on. The picture below is the 2nd plaited belly. Right now this bullwhip has about 20 inches of the overlay finished.
Even though I was sick yesterday I had a 30 minute hole in my schedule, so I found a park to do some whip cracking.
The way the camera was the bullwhip sorta disappears into the sky. It was freezing cold out, and at one point a blew a cracker, and it was very difficult to tie another on tight because my hands were icicles!
With any luck today I’ll be able to get some more work done on the aussie whip. Also the last two whips that I made, I’m thinking I might try and redo the knobs without the lead and see how they handle.
It’s been a long week for me, with a VERY FULL performing schedule (complete with me getting the popper of my 4 foot bullwhip stuck in a chandalier during a gig!), having constuction at my house and having all of my family including me with the flu. I was the last one to get it.
I’ve gotten a bunch of overlay started on the Aussie Bullwhipand have about 4 inches past the 16 inch handle done. I’ll post pictures of that shorly. Right now I’m on a Ferry Boat crossing the puget sound (wifi technology is cool!). I have some time to kill this afternoon and with any luck I’ll be able to pop by and visit David Morgan and show him my last couple of whips. Then next week I’m off to the eastern half of Washington State and I’m going to hopefully visit Joe Strain for about an hour or so.
Even though I’m sick I really need to try to finish the Aussie Bullwhip so that I can show it to Joe when I see him. One thing I dig is hearing critisim about my whips because it helps me grow as a whipmaker.
Gotta go the ferry just docked!
Yesterday I started making an Australian Bullwhip with one of the handle foundations that I got from David Morgan. I was sort of inspired to try using the handle because I was just emailed some pictures from Steve at http://www.neawhips.com of a new whip he got.
Steve makes some of the best looking nylon whips I’ve seen. Below is a picture of the Nylon Indy style bullwhips he makes. I always thought that nylon whips didn’t look good…until I saw steves whips!
I’ll post pictures of the Australian bullwhip I’m working on later today or tomorrow. Yesterday I cut out and plaited the 2 bellies and the boslter. My next step to to make the 2nd bolster, then cut out the overlay. I’m debating making it a 12 plait or an 8 plait overlay.
Also in a few weeks I’ll have a bunch of whips to list on my “whips ready to ship” page. I’ve been saving all the whips that I’ve been making to hopefully show to another whipmaker when I’m in his area on Nov1st.
Yesterday I put the final knot on the 8 foot bullwhip that I’ve been working one. This whip ended up looking pretty “indiana jones”.
This whip ended up a tad lighter than I thought it would. Also the one thing that I should go back and redo is the knot on the butt. I should make the strand for the knot about 1 mm wider. the knot just barely sits around the knob.
My next project is to make a long handled bullwhip. I’ve got some Australian bullwhip handles that I got from David Morgan. these handles are fiberglass and 16 inches, and they taper a bit.
We’ll see how the long handled whip turns out.
I just gave the 8 foot bullwhip that I’m working on a good rolling between two boards. this smooths out the bullwhip. One thing that I’ve learned about rolling whips is that it’s hard to do it with just two boards.
Ron Edwards suggests putting a bit of rosin on the boards. I haven’t tried that, but I imagine it makes it a bit easier. David Morgan suggests wrapping the boards in butcher paper. That is what I am currently doing and it makes a world of difference!
I just replaced the fall on the 6 foot natural tan bullwhip that I made. I had a thinnner one, but went to a thicker/heavier fall.
I’m really happy with how this whip looks. I like the slimmer profile and slight taper on the handle. This whip has a thinner kangroo hide for the bolsters.
Right now I’m plaiting the overlay of an 8 foot bullwhip with an 8 inch handle and a lead loaded butt. I think I may have to put a bit more lead into the handle…but I’ll finish the overlay and see how it handles.
I’ve got about 4 1/2 feet of the overlay finished. While making this bullwhip I broke one of the strands in the overlay. I fixed it using a combination of two techniques from Ron Edwards book “How To Make Whips“. I used a “tongue and slot” as well as a thinning the two ends down and a dab of leather glue.
Also I don’ think I posted a picture of the finished 8 foot whip with the 10 inch handle that I sent to Belgium, so here it is below:
Yesterday there was a little break in the weather and I managed to get out and do some test cracking with the 8 foot bullwhip with the 10 inch handle.
Now all I have to do is cut out a spare fall and I’ll drop this bad boy into the mail!
I just finished the 12 plait kangaroo overlay for the 8 foot bullwhip that’s going to Belguim and also have the top knot and the fall attached. So I should have this whip finished tomorrow…Hopefully the weather will cooperate so that I can take it out for some test cracks.
Above is the fall for this bullwhip and below is the thong of the whip before the fall was tied on.
I just need to do the butt knot on the whip now. I’m holding off until tomorrow to do that because I want to make sure it cracks okay and it doesn’t need any extra weight.
Also this whip needs to be rolled and shellac’d before it’s ready to ship. With any luck I can do all that tomorrow morning and have it ready to go before I have to leave for my afternoon gigs.
Once this whip is finished and shipped off, it’s back to work on my other 8 foot saddle tan bullwhip with the 8 inch handle. Also I’m planning on trying out different falls on the 6 foot whip I made recently.
This morning I managed to add on another 3 feet to the 4 feet that I had already plaited on this whip. The plaiting has dropped from a 12 to a 8 plait so far and is just shy of the 6 foot 11 inch mark on the bolster. So this has just over a foot to go.
My braiding has gotten much faster recently. I think my fingers are learning what to do and what not to do.
This whip is turning out a bit lighter than I expected…but then that is probably due to me working mostly on bullwhips with lead loaded butts lately. The plaiting and the fall should be put on by the end of today and with any luck I’ll be able to give it some test cracks too.
Hopefully this whip will be ready to ship out tomorrow (monday) to it’s new owner in Belgium.