Yesterday I started plaiting two six foot deluxe beginners bullwhips. I got the bellies plaited:
And one of the overlays finished:
I’m out of falls, so I need to cut them out before I can finish either of these whips. One thing I did because I couldn’t put a fall on the whip that’s overlay is finished is that I braided it an extra couple of inches and tied off the loose strands. That way when it’s time to put the fall on I don’t have to undo the point and replait it to make sure it’s tight. This way I just unbraid about 2 inches and it should still be tight at that point.
After these two Deluxe Beginners Bullwhips I’m going to start working on a few cowhide signal whips to use up the rest of this side of leather.
Here’s a bracelet that I made for myself a little while ago:
The body of it is cowhide and the plaited portion is kangaroo.
Summer is here and it’s now my very busy performing season. That’s why it’s been a week or two since I’ve posted anything on this blog (sorry about that!), but once I get into the swing of summer I’ll be better at posting things.
Here are some pictures of the bullwhip portion of a library show I did yesterday:
The whip I’m using in the pictures above is a 4 foot 12 plait bullwhip that I made from white veg tanned kangaroo.
If you are in Washington State and want to try to catch me this summer my calendar of shows that are open to the public are on my performing website at www.louiefoxx.com.
P.S. I’m in the running for a local award for family entertainment. I’d greatly appreciate it if you voted for me. To vote for me go to http://www.louiefoxx.com/teddy.html and put in my name LOUIE FOXX in the Entertaiment category (it’s the top one).
I spent yesterday afternoon cutting up and paring seven sets of lace for eight plait dog leads.
These are for a workshop I’m doing to teach people how to do an 8 plait dog lead. This class is limited to six people and is full. Everyone who is going to be at my workshop has already taken a six plait class put on by someone else. I don’t know how they taught six plait and I hope my style isn’t too different from what was already taught so I’m not having to have the people in my workshop unlearn anything. It’s not that my way is better than what they could have learned, but I’m teaching how I do it.
So far I have got the overlay finished on one of the four beginners bullwhips:
I still need to build the heel knot foundation and tie the knots before this bullwhip is finished. Later today I should be able to do the knots. I also plan to cut out the bellies and overlays for the other three beginners bullwhips today.