Bullwhip Demo

Bullwhip Demo

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!! 

Louie

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