Here’s the pair of stock whips that I started last week now that they are finished:
It’s amazing the different in the amount of energy your body saves once lead is put in the handles! A bit of lead makes the whips much easier to hold on to. Also I tried out these whips with kangaroo and with white hide falls (one on each lash) and cracked them on the same handles.
After trying it with both types of falls I was surprised to find out that I preferred a kangaroo fall over the whitehide. Keep in mind this is on a pair of stock whips which quite often have a finer point than a bullwhip. Here’s the two stock whips being test cracked once I put a kangaroo fall on the second lash:
Currently I’m working on three 8 plait bullwhips that will be five feet long. I’ve completed all three whips internal layers and cut out the overlays and just need to do the plaiting. Actually one of the bullwhips is finished:
These five foot bullwhips are made from kangaroo and would make a great working bullwhip or entry level kangaroo bullwhip!
Also a few weeks ago I stumbled on this video:
I thought that using a whip to keep a top spinning was interesting and that I’d never heard of this before. I found a Whip Top set:
The whip that came with this is basically useless as a whip, but it works well for winding up the top. I’ve gotten this to keep spinning after I’ve cracked the whip at it. Unfortunately I haven’t spent much time working with it…maybe someday I’ll make a better whip for it and get good at it.
A couple of days ago I made the insides for a five foot bullwhip. This bullwhip is going to be one of my entry level kangaroo bullwhips, so it will sell for about $200ish and will have an 8 plait overlay.
Yesterday I cut out the overlay:
Today I’ll do the strand prep and I should be able to find time to start a bit of the plaiting before I have to head out to do some gigs.
This bullwhip ends in a 8 plait point. I chose to go with an 8 plait dropping to 6 plait at the point for a couple of reasons.
It makes the point a bit more rugged.
It makes each pull while plaiting cover more area, so it’s faster to make than with an 8 plait point.
My goal for this whip was to make an 8 foot kangaroo bullwhip that will sell for under $200. So it’d be a good entry level kangaroo bullwhip. So by having a whip that I could make a bit faster by ending in a six plait point kept the cost down and having wider strands at the point is good for a beginner who will beat up this bullwhip.
Of course this whip isn’t just for beginners, internally it’s how I would make pretty much any other five foot bullwhip out of kangaroo. So it’s a good solid bullwhip!