Busy Monday..

Busy Monday..

The 8 foot bullwhip I’m working on has now been plaited to just past the 5 foot mark.  I got the bolster splice in:

How to make a bullwhip

It’s turning out well and I should be able to finish the overlay today and attach the fall as well.

Yesterday I cut out and some more falls and got them soaking in grease.  Here they are drying off:

whitehide bullwhip falls

I also realized I was out of bullwhip  holders so I cut out a few more and made them up:

bull whip holder

In the past I’ve had a lot of test cracking type videos hosted by Google Video, which is being phased out this month. So I transfered a lot of videos to YouTube.  These are mostly test cracking type videos, but there are some videos of other whip crackers cracking and some whip making videos. To watch these visit:  http://www.youtube.com/bullwhipsorg


2 thoughts on “Busy Monday..

  1. Hi Louie,
    I’ve been thinking if making the joint for a two-piece bolster in the first half of the whip, over the belly might be a good idea. The idea being that it’s easier to roll round when it’s the full width and when it’s over a harder surface like a belly than when it’s over loose strands like at the tip… This would mean there would be no joint to worry about at the same time as you’re dropping strands, one less thing to worry about…

    What do you think?


    1. Franco,

      It is easier to put a spice over the belly, there’s a lot less going on there than over a bunch of loose strands. However sometimes it’s just not an option depending on how big the piece of leather you are cutting your bolsters from is. Lets say the side of leather I’m cutting them from is 3 1/2 feet long and I’m making an 8 foot whip, then I don’t have much of a choice.

      Then there’s the whole waste issue, is it worth the extra work on my part to save $4 in leather by cutting a bolster shorter? Honestly I don’t know if it’s worth it or not. For me I have a Rein Rounder and I always run the area around a boslter splice through that and that seems to get it pretty round (and I still roll it later). I will also do that to the area around strand drops.


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