On Friday I went over to the Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering in Ellensburg, Washington (about 2 hours drive) to see a Bullwhip demo by a guy named Bink Picard. Here’s Bink cracking whips:
He’s using a pair of 8 foot nylon Florida Whips. Bink and I had a good time cracking whips and he really liked cracking my 29 foot whip!
Today I got the two bellies of a kangaroo whip finished. I really missed working with kangaroo when I was making all the budget whips. Kangaroo is soo much easier to work with and at the end of the day much easier on the hands.
However since it’s been a few weeks since I’ve worked with roo, I’d almost forgotten how much more work goes into a nice kangaro whip (compared to a budget cowhide bull whip). With a kangaroo bullwhip I split all the layers to an even thickness, and spend a lot more time on getting a firm handle foundation than I would on the budget whips…also cutting out a 12 plait overlay is a bit more work than a 4 plait!!