The pair of stock whips that I’ve been working on have been having some slow progress. Right now I have one of the lashes finished:
If you look at the keeper you can tell I used a natural tan kangaroo inside. In the future I’ll be sure to use a belly that matches the outside. On this pair I may simply dye the part that’s showing black and then it won’t show.
I also have starting plaiting one of the handles:
Before I started plaiting the handle I put the lash on it and took it outside to crack it. As a test I tried making a kangaroo fall.
This kangaroo fall was cut around the tail of the kangaroo skin where it’s typically the thickest. I’m not 100% positive that I’m on board with the roo fall. On the other stock whip of this pair I’ll put a whitehide fall and see which that I like better.
A week or so ago when I was cooking up a batch of plaiting soap I put some falls in it to soak up a bit. I took them all out after letting them soak up the plaiting soapy goodness…or at least I thought I did. One whitehide fall got left behind and I just found it a couple nights ago. It became very spongy and was very moist. So I hung it up to dry and when it was dry it became stiff, it didn’t want to bend. When I forced it to bend it just snapped in two pieces.
So the moral of the story is too much of a good thing is bad.
Over the last couple of days I made a three foot 16 plait kangaroo snake whip. Recently I’ve changed how I make my shot bags and I’m liking the results, they are a bit heavier and that weight goes just a tad further out.
Here’s the overlay:
The customer wanted it in all black including the fall…that meant I had to dye the fall. Here’s it before dying (you can see it after dying in the finished picture):
To dye it I gave it several coats of black leather dye and while it did a great job on the sides and flesh side it really didn’t do much to the grain side. It beaded up and wouldn’t soak in. So I remembered I had a jar of Edge Kote which is slightly different from leather dye, it’s more of a cover than a thing that penetrates. I added a coat of Edge Kote and it did a great job of covering it. If some of the edge coat does wear off, it’s still for the most part dyed underneath it.
On Friday I had a six foot Jacka that’s 10-15 years old come in for a new fall and possibly to get some strands fixed:
When the whip showed up it was very dry, missing the fall and had a couple of broken strands right at the fall hitch.
The whips owner and I decided to move the move the fall hitch a couple inches up the whip. That was an easy fix to the broken strands and probably a better solution than adding in 2 strands for the last inch of the whip. Also this is probably a better fix than just leaving it with the broken strands.
I gave this whip a few flicks and it’s still got a lot of life left in it! It was interesting to see how the Jacka transition has held up over the years.