I also got almost enough kangaroo for a plaiting project I’m working on:
Initially I thought these five skins would be enough kangaroo for 55 feet of 8 plait, but I think I’m going to need at least one more skin (probably two). I just ordered a couple more skins just in case. It would be enough, but with this project being eight plait, I have wider strands and can’t use as much of the middles of the skins.
I’m still working on the 10 foot 16 plait bullwhip. I’ve got it plaited to about the 3 foot mark.
The thing that’s a pain in the butt when making a longer bullwhip is for the first 3 or 4 feet I’m doing more untangling than I am doing plaiting. Those strands are so long and they just get tangled in some wicked knots…especially on a bullwhip like this one at 16 plait.
Yesterday I also started work on a 10 foot 16 plait bullwhip. This whip will be done in black kangaroo with red highlights on the knots. Here are the kangaroo skins I’m using:
Last night I also cut out the bellies, but still need to do all the strand prep:
My slightly ambitious goal today is to get all the bellies plaited, bolster attached and the overlay cut out. Today I have a few things competing for my time so I can’t just work on this whip straight through otherwise that’d be no problem. Also I’m hoping to meet up with a whip group in the Seattle area this evening.
I recently started work on three signal whips. All three of them are going to be four feet long and made from kangaroo. First I made three shotbags:
Then I filled them and cutout bolsters. Here’s a picture of the progression of shotbags and attaching the bolsters:
And finally here’s the first completed signal whip:
This signal whip is 8 plait with a 5 plait wrist loop. This one is for sale on my IN STOCK whips page. The next one is going to be a 12 plait signal whip in black kangaroo with two white strands. The third signal whip will probably be a 16 plait signal whip.