Stock Whip…

Stock Whip…

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.

Stock whip

Next I cut out the set for the belly:

Stock whip for sale

These started at about 9mm and tapered to a point at about 6.5 feet.  Next I braided the belly:

stock whip plaited 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:

stock whip

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:

stock whip - skt whips handle

Stock whip - 4 plait cowhide with plaited belly

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).


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.


Greasing an English Kip Hide

Greasing an English Kip Hide

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:

English Kip

Then I give one side  a coat of grease:

Bullwhip - English Kip

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.


10 foot Bull whip

10 foot Bull whip

Here’s the 10 foot bullwhip that I made yesterday and shipped out to it’s new owner:


bullwhip picture



10 foot 12 plait bullwhip

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. 


Pair of bullwhips…

Pair of bullwhips…

Right now I’m working on a pair of 6 foot 12 plait bullwhips.  Here’s a picture of the two inner plaited bellies:

bullwhip construction

I plait my bellies tightly, that will give the whip a bit more life.  These bellies will strand straight up:

plaited bullwhip belly

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…


2 Cheap Bullwhips…

2 Cheap Bullwhips…

Here are two budget bullwhips that I finished recently:

6 foot bullwhip
budget bullwhip

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!!