Yesterday I made the lash for a cowhide stock whip. This one is 5 feet long has a core, plaited belly and 4 plait overlay. Also FYI if I recall correctly technically this is a yard whip not a stock whip.
For this stock whip I cut out the core at 2.5 feet and it flares out to approx 35mm at the 6 inch point then tapering to a point at 2.5 feet.
Next I cut out the set for the belly:
These started at about 9mm and tapered to a point at about 6.5 feet. Next I braided the belly:
After braiding the belly I cut a hole in the yoke and trimmed it to make it attached to the stock whip handle. Next I cut out the overlay:
These were initially cut at about 19 mm tapering to a point at about 7.5 feet. However in paring I took a good 2 mm off of each strand. Finally I plaited the overlay, attached the fall and stuck it on an SKT Stock Whip handle:
I still need to make my own handle for this stock whip. I put my lash on the SKT stock whip handle was that I wanted to crack it right away! This whip has a good crack, but I think it can be improved. I’m going to have a bit more weight out in the point of it. That will give it a bit more oomph!
Currently I have something like 5 heavy cane handles and 3 slightly lighter cane handles. So that means my I’ll get a handle for this stock whip, then two pairs of stock whips. After that I’ll try to make one half plait handle with a kangaroo lash and finally a pair of kangaroo stock whips with half plait handles.
I was sort of amazed at how quickly I was able to make this stock whip lash. Honestly I really shouldn’t be that amazed because there’s not much to it (compared to a bullwhip with two bellies, two bolsters and a higher plait count).
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.
When I make my bullwhips I prefer the hide I’m using to be greased up. Some hides come pregreased and some are dry. Before I do any cutting I try to grease up the dry hides. Here’s a dry hide:
Then I give one side a coat of grease:
Once that has soaked in, I flip the hide over and grease the other side and let it soak in. You might notice in the picture above the I leave the edge dry. I don’t worry about greasing the very edge because I’ll be trimming that away to make a smooth edge.
Here’s the 10 foot bullwhip that I made yesterday and shipped out to it’s new owner:
Right now I’m working on the overlays of the pair of 6 foot 12 plait bullwhips that I started a few weeks ago. I’ve got one whip with about 12 inches finished and the other with abotu 3 feet of the overlay plaited. With a bit of luck I’ll be able to get both of the bullwhip’s overlay braided today.
Right now I’m working on a pair of 6 foot 12 plait bullwhips. Here’s a picture of the two inner plaited bellies:
I plait my bellies tightly, that will give the whip a bit more life. These bellies will strand straight up:
And here’s the boslters attached to the handles:
I’ve already plaited the outer belly over the layer shown above, but I haven’t rolled it yet (or taken a picture of it). At the very least I’m going to cut out and attach the outer bolsters to the bullwhips today.
Today it’s raining out, so I might not leave the house and I may cut out the overlay today as well…maybe…
Here are two budget bullwhips that I finished recently:
I tied both knots in the bullwhip above with two tone kangaroo strands. I think adding the 2nd piece of kangaroo lace really makes the knot look fancy.
This morning I went out and had a nice two handed whip cracking session. It’s been a while since I’ve have a serious two handed whip cracking session due to the weather, my schedule and learning to crack the 29 foot whip.
I’m off now for a visit with the guy that prepares my taxes…I’m not looking foward to it!!