Well I really under estimated how much work this bullwhip would be. It seems like I’ve been working on it forever and I sort of have, well not actually working on it…but it’s been I’ve been working on for a while. This project has had to compete for time with performing (It’s the busy summer season), my road trip, and squeezing in the odd other plaiting project here and there I’ve probably been working on this for a month.
I’m almost finished cutting out the overlay, which has been a bit of a challenge because it’s coming from three different kangaroo skins. My calculations were that I’d need just over two of the skins that I got sent for the bellies and overlays. How I calculated this was I can make an 8 foot whip from about a 63-65dm kangaroo skin, so multiply that by two. However I am cutting everything a lot longer than it needs to be to make sure I don’t run out of lace. I’ll use any leftover for keychains or some other small project.
I’m cutting the lace for the overlay a bit wide as well, then I’ll resize and do any adjustment to the taper of the strand. Then it’s time to split them to the same thickness, and give the all a quick pare.