Another Bullwhip

Another Bullwhip

Currently I’m working on a two tone bullwhip.  This bullwhip is going to be 16 plait in black and saddle tan with some patterns plaited on the 12 inch handle.   Yesterday I got all the internal plaiting done:


and both bellies attached:

For those of you keeping score at home you may notice that I’m doing something a bit differently that I normally do.  Look at the above picture…did you spot it?

The last few whips I’ve started adding the lead on before the overlay.   I used to do this a long time ago, but then switched to adding it after the overlay a year or two ago, but now I’m back to adding it before.  There’s no major reason why I’m doing this, it’s basically procedural…however I do have a reason why I switched back to doing it this way, it’s just not a major thing.

If I get a chance today I’ll cut out the overlay.


2 thoughts on “Another Bullwhip

  1. I put the lead on after the core. The reason why is because I use an epoxy that takes 8 hours to

    dry and 36 hours to fully cure. So by the time I get to the overlay, I want it done. Also I like

    using the yoke to cover the back end of the lead. It’s already tight so it’s easy to get really tight

    around the back.

    1. I used to epoxy / glue the lead on the whip a long time ago. One thing I used to glue and still do from time to time is the core to the handle. I’d just give it a hit of contact cement.

      I like my tacks to have a bit more to bite into which is why I put it on after the last bolster. I’ve found that you can get a very solid foundation using just tacks and string. Have you tired doing the putty method like in the book which I can’t remember the title or author…it’s the small brown one that’s written by an american guy who that teaches how to make an Indy Bullwhip but borrowing heavily from Ron Edwards book? You might like it more than just epoxy.


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