This morning I started work on a 10 foot 12 plait kangaroo bullwhip. I was attaching the core to the handle foundation and it got me thinking about methods I’ve used in the past. Currently when I make my kangaroo bullwhips I make the handle so that there is no wobble in butt of the whip. I attached the knob as firmly as I can, and using techniques that I picked up from Joe Strain awhile ago, I think I’ve got it down.
In the past I used to take a layer of leather glue (contact cement) and put it on the handle foundation and between all the leather layers on the whip. That gave me a pretty firm handle with no wobble or twist. The problem with that is with the addition of glue you are adding a substance that doesn’t need to be in the whip. Also I don’t know how glue would effect the longevity of the whip’s handle.
My current method is basically just correctly binding or tacking everything in place. It seems to work out just fine! It’s been a while since I’ve done a kangaroo bullwhip, so I’m excited to get back to work on the roo (it’s soo much nicer to work with!).