Today I finished the overlay of a 7 1/2 foot Indy Style bullwhip:
And put the knots and wrist loop on it:
I gave this bullwhip a few cracks in my carport and it’s got a nice pop to it! This bullwhip also has a great in the hands weight, it feels like you are holding a whip!
So I have three of these bullwhips IN STOCK right now (7 foot, 7.5 foot and 8 foot):
The middle one (the 7.5 that I finished today) is a bit darker than the others. The reason for that is that it was made with “rawhide cream” instead of plating soap to braid it. As far as plaiting goes, I liked the rawhide cream…except the cost! It’s time to mix up a new batch of regular plaiting soap.
If you are interested all three of these bullwhips are available on my IN STOCK whips page.
I decided to start plaiting the last calf bullwhip that I’m making (for now). It’s about 3 feet into it:
I’m out of plaiting soap and didn’t want to cook up a batch before I left town so I’ve been using rawhide cream as lube for plaiting:
It works pretty well for the lubricating part of plaiting…however it doesn’t feel like it’s adding much “grease” to the strands (which isn’t surprising because rawhide dressing usually doesn’t have fat in it). The part I’ve plaited is still very dry sounding, so I’m going to have to give it a hit of dressing when the whip is done.
Yesterday I cut out the overlay of the last of the calf skins that I had picked up a little while ago.
The insides of this bullwhip are finished and all they need is to be plaited over:
I’m trying to decide if I should start work on plaiting the overlay of this bullwhip now or not. I’m going to be out of town from 3/10 – 3/20 and I don’t want a half finished bullwhip sitting for 10 days if I don’t have time to work on it. I’ve got a pretty full week until I leave.
I don’t know if I’ll ever make any more of these bullwhips from calf or if I’ll be able to find decent skins to do it with. So this may be my last calf bullwhip (at least for now).
Oh, don’t forget I’ve got a six foot Young Indy style bullwhip for sale on ebay right now: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220747828820 the auction ends on tomorrow (3/8/11) right now it’s a steal at the current bid of $280. This is a great chance to get a sweet deal on one of my bullwhips!
This afternoon I made a four foot 4 plait signal whip from calf. I think it came out pretty well:
It’s made with a shot loaded core, leather bolster and a 4 plait calf overlay. I really wish I had timed myself to see how long it took me to make it so I’d know how much I need to charge for it to make it worth my time to make it.
The other day I finished making a 12 plait Indy style bullwhip from calf:
I think it came out pretty well…because it’s calf and not kangaroo there are a few cosmetic things that if it was a nicer/more expensive bullwhip I would have redone. I think for a non-kangaroo bullwhip this one came out looking extremely well. It’s got all the visual Indy characteristics:
- 12 plait overlay ending in 6 plait point
- Natural tan color
- Whitehide fall
- Black nylon cracker
- 6 plait wrist loop
- 8 inch handle
- Correct knots (5 X 4 three pass heel knot and 5 X 4 two pass transition knot)
- Slight taper on the handle just before the transition knot
I think the heel knot looks fantastic:
Internally this bullwhip is different from how I make my kangaroo Indy Bullwhips, this one has a shot core, one plaited belly and two bolsters, where my roo Indy’s are two plaited bellies and two bolsters. The lead shot core allowed me to put weight into the lash without spending the time to do two bellies.
I haven’t decided the price I’m going to sell this at, while I did do a couple things to speed up the process of making this bullwhip it was still VERY labor intensive and with the corners I cut I only saved about an hour of work…and while using calf which is a bit cheaper than kangaroo…it isn’t that much cheaper than using kangaroo.
I’ll put this bullwhip on my IN STOCK whips page once I figure out a fair price for it.
This morning I cut out the bolster for the 12 plait EconomINDY bullwhip that I’m working on. I didn’t like how the layers were sitting on the handle (it was too thin), so added a layer of thin leather of leather over the handle to add a bit of bulk to it.
Next up is cutting out and plaiting the overlay for this bullwhip!
Right now I’m making another one of the EconomINDY bullwhip, but this one has a lead shot core. Currently this bullwhip need it’s final bolster and overlay to before it’s finished.
I haven’t done a ton of shot cores on my bullwhips, so it’s fun to make this one. This bullwhip’s taper is going to be more like how I normally make my kangaroo Indy bullwhips thanks to the shot core building it up a bit in diameter (and weight). Today I’m out all day performing so I probably won’t get a chance to do to any more work on this bullwhip.
I’m still not 100% sold on having a lead shot core is going to be a good substitute for a 2nd plaited belly. It’s faster to make than another plaited belly, but now I’m going to have to add more lead to the handle to balance it out. While a shot core may save time adding a belly by the time I have to add more lead to the handle any time saving my be offset by added cost of adding more lead to the butt.