Sorry I haven’t posted much lately, I’ve been very busy performing lately. Also I want to give you all a heads up that I’ll be on the road from 3/1 to 3/5 performing in Eastern WA, and Southern ID, so if you email or call me during that time, don’t expect to hear back from me until I’m home.
One of the things that has had me very busy lately is finishing the writing of my new summer show that I’ll be doing at libraries across Washington, Oregon and Idaho this summer. For the last couple of weeks and for a lot of next week I’ll be breaking in the show. Getting a new show ready is a lot of work!
Yesterday I made a 10 foot 4 plait cowhide bullwhip. I was messing around with the design and it came out a bit lighter than what I personally (but still cracks fine).
This bullwhip is for sale on my IN STOCK whips page. I’m planning on making some more 4 plait cowhide bullwhips soon, but going back to my slightly heavier design. Honestly I don’t know when I’ll have a chance to work on them since I’ll be on the road for most of next week.
Maybe I’ll bring a couple of hides and start cut out all the strands…
Here are a couple pictures of the 5 foot bullwhip that I shipped to Canada on Monday:
The last couple of days I’ve been working on some projects that aren’t whips. I’ve been trying to think of ways to use a lot of my scrap kangaroo (instead of throwing it away). I’ve been learning to hand stitch the kangaroo into little coin purses and other small little containers. I’ve mainly been giving these to friends, it’s a good way to use my scrap kangaroo.
Here are the insides of the two five foot bullwhips that I’m currently working one.
One has a eight inch handle and the other has a 10 inch handle. Both handles are spring steel. I think I’ve written a post before as to why I think spring steel is superior to regular steel, but basically it’s because spring steel won’t bend.
I’m waiting on a kangaroo hide from Paul Nolan to show up in the mail to make one of these into an 8 plait bullwhip in black. The other one will probably be a two tone bullwhip in either black and red or red and natural tan.
Here’s how the yoke of my sets are tied up before paring and plaiting:
And below is a quick video of me banging out some 4 plait. I’m doing 25 pulls per minute…but I think I could do 30 if I tried. In the video I just timing myself and not as concerned with a couple of things. For example I had the yoke tied off, where normally when I plait a whip I do the handle, then move the knot from the yoke to the handle of the whip (that helps fight the whip from wanting to turn during the pulls).
Now I’m very curious what my time would be for something that didn’t have a core…
Last night I started work on a 5 foot bullwhip. I’ve got all of the insides finished:
This bullwhip will have an 8 plait overlay in black kangaroo. I’m out of black kangaroo and ordered a skin from Paul Nolan for this whip, and hopefully it will arrive Saturday and the whip will be ready to ship out on Monday.
Since I’m out of black roo right now, this bullwhip’s plaited belly is from red kangaroo. The color of the inside doesn’t really matter because you can’t see it from the outside!
the weather has been pretty nice the last few days here in the Seattle area, and today I got some whip cracking in. Aside from working on my two handed bullwhip cracking, I did some test cracks of the 12 foot bullwhip that I finished today: