On Friday I went into one of my local Tandy Leather Factories to get a side of kip and I was told that it was discontinued! I do have another local source for kip (and a couple of mail order sources), so I’ll still be able to get it. However Tandy’s website still shows it for sale, so maybe they’ll have it again.
I needed something for bolsters so I bought a veg tanned goat skin. I’ve used it for a core and two bolsters of a six foot whip I’m working on. One thing about goat is that it’s very stretchy, almost spongy at some points. What I’ve done to counter this is cut it really wide, then stretch it and run it through my splitter. This seems to take the stretch out, then grease it and recut it suit the whip. It’s a bit more work, but better than waiting a week for a side of kip to show up in the mail.
One thing I’m very curious about how dense the lash of this bullwhip will feel when it’s done. I think the sponginess of the goat will really fill in the space between layers nicely and give me a really hard hitting whip. So far I’m liking this goat (for bolsters)…the only problem is that the skins aren’t very long, so I’ll be doing a lot of bolster splicing for any bullwhip longer than 6 feet.