Finished 8 Foot Bullwhip

Finished 8 Foot Bullwhip

Yesterday I put the finishing touches on the 8 foot 16 plait bullwhip.  First I built up the heel knot foundation:

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The cap on the end of the whip (the leather that covers the lead or whatever makes the shape of the heel knot) was the best cap I’ve ever done!  Unfortunately no one will ever see it  unless they take the whip apart, so I took a picture because I’m very proud of it:

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After putting the heel knot on it, rolling and shellacing it it was finished:

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bull whips for sport bullwhip cracking

This bullwhip shipped out to its new owner yesterday evening!

One thing I’m always trying to do is come  up with things to do with my scrap lace.  I’ve got a ton of centers of kangaroo that’s too small for most of the lace I use for whips and pieces of kangaroo lace that’s about 5mm wide by 2 feet long.  I use these occasionally as fillers, but I don’t use anywhere near as many as I have (or generate).

Here’s my first attempt of  making a leather bracelet with a plaited center:

plaited bracelet

leather braided into a plaited bracelet

The whole thing is made from kangaroo.  It’s not bad for my first try, but there are a few things I’d change if I do another one.  The main change I do is that I’d use either a heavier leather or two layers of kangaroo stitched together for the body of the bracelet.

Louie
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Plaiting Finished

Plaiting Finished

Yesterday I finished plaiting the overlay and attaching the fall to the 8 foot bullwhip that I’m working on:

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I also tied the transition knot:

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The next step for this bullwhip will be to build the heel knot foundation and after that I’ll tie the final turks head.  Then it’s time for the bullwhip to be rolled, shellac’d and shipped.

Louie
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Working on an eight foot bullwhip

Working on an eight foot bullwhip

Today I started working on the plaited for an 8 foot bullwhip.  I had cut out the belly sets a few days ago:

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Here’s the finished inner belly with the inner bolster attached:

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Here’s the bullwhip with half of the outer belly plaited:

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And  here’s the finished outer belly:

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Up next it’s time to roll the belly and then start work on the final bolster.  I’ve changed the way I do my filler strands (belly strands that aren’t  plaited) recently.  I used to stagger them, but now I taper them all to about the same length and taper them to a point.  My thinking is that when I braid over four thin strands I can get them more dense than I can one wider strand.  Sure I could cut the one wide strand into four thinner strands, and it would give pretty much the same result…but this is a quicker process.

Also here are the strands for an 8 plait project that I’ll be working on early next week:

plaited rod

Tomorrow I’m going to the Washington Mid-Summer Renaissance Faire to see W.E.L.T. which is a whip performance group.

bullwhip performer

I don’t know much about them and from asking around not many people in the whip world do.  I did hear from a buddy of mine that will be performing at same faire that he thinks they learned from Royce Vallejo, and use some of his whips…but he also said that he wasn’t 100% positive about that.

Louie
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Budget Bullwhip

Budget Bullwhip

Right now I’m working on three budget bullwhips.  Two of them have the insides cut out and attached, and the overlays ready to plait.  The third is finished:

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Hopefully I’ll have the time to get both of these done before friday when I head down to Oregon to perform and teach my original ideas at a convention for magicians.

Louie
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Riding Crop

Riding Crop

When I was on my road trip I found a Riding Crop at a junk shop. It’s 4 plait with a steel lined cane core.

Riding crop

This riding crop when I found it was severely dried out and missing the heel knot.

Jockey whip

The wrist loop is about to fall off.

riding crop

The slapper is securely attached.

When I got home yesterday I gave it a few coats of leather dressing and the riding crop drank it right up.  It’s amazing at what a difference some dressing made:

riding crop
riding crop

I’m trying to decide how much I want to fix it up.  I could probably get away with just putting on a heel knot and calling it done.   However it really needs a new wrist loop, which will mean another new knot.  Once I have those two new knots, they’ll be a lot darker than the rest of this whip (it’s dyed black)…so then do I go ahead and redye it?

Rawhide Pics

I don’t think I’ve posted any pictures of the hair on rawhide that I picked up.  Here it is:

Rawhide
rawhide

I’m exciting to soak it and start stretching it, but that’s something that needs to happen outside and it’s supposed to rain off and on for the next week, so I’ll have to wait.

8 Foot Indy Bullwhip Progress

Yesterday I finished the overlay of the 8 foot Indy Bullwhip that I’ve been working on.

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I also tied the wrist loop and finished the ring knot.   All that’s left is to make the heel knot foundation, attach the wrist loop, tie the heel knot and shellac the whip.

This bullwhip should be able to ship out by the end of the day!

Louie
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Today I manged to braid the overlay of a 4 plait budget bullwhip and tie it’s knot:

8 foot bullwhip

I also shellac’d the 4.5 foot 12 plait kangaroo bullwhip:

kangaroo bullwhip
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This four and a half foot bullwhip’s got a nice crack to it!  At first I wasn’t sure about how much I liked how it starts out as two tone, but then I dropped the red strands and the last 1/3 of the bullwhip is just black…however that look is growing on me.

Both of these bullwhips are available on my IN STOCK whips page.

Louie
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