Last night I cut out the overlay for the 12 foot Indy Bullwhip that I’m currently working on.
A bit later today I’ll start doing all the strand prep: Stretching, paring, stretching and splitting. I should have time today to also get started on braiding the overly.
Speaking of braiding, there are a couple of articles on David Morgan’s blog about braiding soap:
And for fun, here’s a picture of a kid cracking a bullwhip that I found on the internet:
Also tomorrow (2/13/10) I’ll be in Ellensburg, WA helping my buddy Bink out with a whip cracking demo…if the weather is nice. For more info visit: http://www.ellensburgcowboygathering.com/work_shops.php
If are in the area and planning to go to the whip cracking workshop, it’d be a good idea to call me at 206-669-3928 to make sure I’ll be there.
Here’s a couple more pictures of Bink and I cracking some bullwhips:
Bullwhip’s in Progess
Right now I’m working on a 12 plait kangaroo bullwhip, I have about 2 feet of it finished. It’s going to be an Indiana Jones style bullwhip, but with a 10 inch handle. I really like the extra bit of leverage that the 10 inch handle gives you (over an 8 inch handle). I’ll post some pictures of this bullwhip when I get a chance.
I also need to start working on some more budget whips for an Juggling Convention that I’ll be performing and selling whips at the last weekend in March.
I’ve got a side of Oil Tanned Cowhide that I’m going to try to use for the overlay to see how it turns out. I might also try making an 8 plait budget whip…going with an 8 plait requires about double the work that a 4 plait does, so I’m not too sure how “budget” that whip will be.
P.S. I still have a few budget bullwhips for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.
On Friday I went over to the Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering in Ellensburg, Washington (about 2 hours drive) to see a Bullwhip demo by a guy named Bink Picard. Here’s Bink cracking whips:
He’s using a pair of 8 foot nylon Florida Whips. Bink and I had a good time cracking whips and he really liked cracking my 29 foot whip!
Today I got the two bellies of a kangaroo whip finished. I really missed working with kangaroo when I was making all the budget whips. Kangaroo is soo much easier to work with and at the end of the day much easier on the hands.
However since it’s been a few weeks since I’ve worked with roo, I’d almost forgotten how much more work goes into a nice kangaro whip (compared to a budget cowhide bull whip). With a kangaroo bullwhip I split all the layers to an even thickness, and spend a lot more time on getting a firm handle foundation than I would on the budget whips…also cutting out a 12 plait overlay is a bit more work than a 4 plait!!