New Idea…not soo good…

New Idea…not soo good…

I’m working on a 4 foot whip right now and I tried something new and so far it’s a bad idea.  When I roll my whips, I start at the handle and work my way to the fall end.  In my head what is happening is in addition to smoothing out and rounding the whip, you are also slightly tighening up the whip.  So you are moving a bit of slack (very little) from the thong towards fall. 

So my “genious” theory was to roll the bullwhip several times during the overlay.  I’d braid until the point that I would normally drop strands, then I would tie it off and roll it.  what happened was the last 4ish inches of the whip managed to get slack from knots that I ties and my seam got twisted about 1/3 of a turn!!

disASSter!!  Now I have to undo a lot of my work and hope I can salvage some of the overlay without completely having to redo it. 

Louie

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Shellac’d Blue Bullwhip

Shellac’d Blue Bullwhip

Here’s the blue bullwhip after a coat of shellac. This whip handled well when I took it out the other day for some test cracking!

 bullwhip 12 plait 6 foot

bullwhip 12 plait 6 foot

I’m making my handles a bit differently than I used to. In the past the handle was visibly thinner than the thong.  Now it’s almost as thick as the thong.  Visually I prefer them being close to the same width.  After making a few like this I think it’s one of the differences between the new indys (Jacka) and the old indy (morgan) is the handle width. Morgan’s have a slightly thinner handle than the Jacka whips. 

Also I’ve finished my Bullwhip Making for the Beginner book and you can get the “pre-release” of it now.  Basically the pre-release has some typos, if you help me find them you save a couple of bucks on the book.  You can order the book by clicking the following link:  http://bullwhips.org/?page_id=144 

Louie

6 foot 12 plait blue bullwhip

6 foot 12 plait blue bullwhip

Here’s a picture of the 6 foot bullwhip that’s 12 plait in blue kangaroo.  It’s not shellac’d in this picture.

bullwhip 12 plait kangaroo

It’s been shellac’d, I just haven’t taken pictures of it yet. 

Right now I’ve got a 4 foot bullwhip in natural tan with about half the overlay finished.  I should be able to finish it this weekend.  This bullwhip has an 8 inch spring steel handle.  I’ll take a picture of it soon.

Also I’m making some progress on the bullwhip book and videos.  The book looks like it’s going to be over 60 pages and I’m going to do it as an ebook.  I’ve used a lot of pictures and with an ebook you can click the links unlike a regular book.  hopefully it will be ready this weekend. 

Louie

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Bullwhip Guts

Bullwhip Guts

Lately I’ve been concentrating more on what is inside my bullwhips than the outside.  I’ve probably been “super” focused on finding what I like in the weight of the thong for about 6 months now.  Finding what I like and where everthing inside the whip needs to be is a challenge and I’m sure at some point in the futre it’ll change. I think that experiementing with the insides of the whip until I found what I like and not just using what Morgan or anyone else does is a huge step in my finding my style as a whipmaker…I’m still trying to find my voice as whipmaker.

Now there’s nothing wrong with using someone else’s whip as a starting point to learn to make a bullwhip.  Basicially my starting point in learning to make a bullwhip was Paul Nolan and David Morgan’s whips.  While they make bullwhips that crack differently, the both had a huge impact on me and finding what I like in a bullwhip.

I took the blue bullwhip out and gave it some cracks at the park yesterday and that whip’s got a nice crack to it!  I still need to tie the knots on that whip…maybe today that will get one.

Louie

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My “Similar” Pair of Bullwhips

My “Similar” Pair of Bullwhips

Many bullwhip makers make “matched” pairs, so to stand out from the crowd I make a “similar” pair.  Well that’s not why I made them.  I mader the bullwhip on the left as a test and I liked it so I kept it for my personal whip.  then I made the second one to make a pair for me to do two handed cracking with them. 

A lot of people say that for two handed cracking you need a matched pair, but Gery Deer has written a FAQ about why it’s not necessary to have an exactly matching pair.  I agree with him.

pair of bullwhips

The older whip is about 2 months old and the one on the right’s first trip out was today.  They were a ton of fun!

Louie

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Blue Bullwhip

Blue Bullwhip

Yesterday I started making a bullwhip in blue (more like deep purple after it was lubed) kangaroo.  It’s a 6 foot 12 plait bullwhip with double plaited bellies.  Below is a picture of the finished 2nd belly.  I’m always amazed at how much of a difference that a good board roll makes.  

bullwhip double plaited belly

Right now I have the overlay finished and fall attached.  All that is left is for me to do the knots. 

When I started making this bullwhip I took some pictures of how all the cut out strands laid around the hide for someone…but those pictured ended up growing into something more.  I’ve taken detailed pictures of every step of making this whip including video on braiding, dropping strands, strand widths/lengths, paring and everything else I could think of.  I’m thinking it will turn into a little booklet that will teach how I currently make my 6 foot bullwhips. 

I’m not sure if there is any interest in a book like that, if that is something you would be interested in let me know.  It’s probaby sell for something like $10-$15 for the ebook version and/or $15-$25 for an actual book with DVD.  If that’s something you’d be interested in when I get it finished let me know, and I’ll continue working on the project…if no one is interested in it, I’ll just keep the pictures and notes for myself.  You can contact me by clicking here

Louie

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Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Bullwhip…

Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Bullwhip…

Here’s my first attempt at making a Indiana Jones; Kingdom of the Crystal Skull style bullwhip.

Indiana Jones Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Style Bulllwhip

I gave it a couple of throws on my deck earlier today and I’m very happy with how this whip turned out.

Indiana Jones Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Style Bulllwhip

This bullwhip is 8 feet long and has a whitehide fall.

Indiana Jones Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Style Bulllwhip

This bullwhip has the transition that is heavily bound giving it a “Jacka like feel”. 

Indiana Jones Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Style Bulllwhip

Louie

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Kangaroo’s and Kangaroo Bullwhips

Kangaroo’s and Kangaroo Bullwhips

Today I went to the Kangaroo Farm and had fun feeding kangaroo’s in the rain with my daughter.  We even got to hold a baby kangaroo!  I think it will grow up to be a fine bullwhip!

kangaroo

I’m about 3 1/2 feet into the overlay of this bullwhip, and so far it’s going well.  I’m trying to be more cautious about cutting my strands extra wide at the stetchier parts of the kangaroo hide.  Then evening them out after the set has been cut and the strands have been stretched.

indiana jones style bullwhip

whip making bullwhips

I also just finished rounding about 10 whitehide falls, so now they just need to dry up and they will be ready. 

Louie

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