I finished plaiting the 2nd belly for this bullwhip a little while ago. Now I need to cut out the 2nd bolster and the overlay. I may get that done tonight…well I should get a least the bolster finished tonight. The overlay will take me just under two hours to cut, stretch and pare.
This morning I got some whipcracking in and after cracking for a while with a pair of 12 inch handle’d bullwhips, I moved back to the 8 inch handle’d pair and was amazed at how much easier it is to learn on the longer handle whips, then apply it to the shorter handles.
Here’s a video of a practice session this morning.
I’m working on the Staggered Time Breakaway’s. Basically that’s a Fast Figure 8 with a Sidearm Crack coming out of the back crack of the Fast Figure 8…in staggered time. In the video you can also see the transition from Together Figure 8′s to Opposite Figure 8′s using a Fast Figure 8 in one hand to make the timing switch.
Yesterday I cut out both bellies for another 8 foot indy style bullwhip. I cut the bellies at a park between shows yesterday…So I sorta have two 8 foot bullwhips in the works. One is the KotCS style and that one has one belly plaited and the other bullwhip in the works is an 8 foot Old School Indy (morgan look).
Today I should be able to get the 2nd belly of the KotCS bullwhip finished. With a bit of luck I’ll be able to get some or all of the overlay cut out too.
Lately I’ve been able to get some bullwhip cracking in early in the day before the weather gets bad. With two handed cracking I learned something new (to me). In the past to go from cracking a figure 8 with both cracks together (doing the same thing at the same time) to doing opposite cracks (one hand doing the forward crack while the other does a reverse forward), I would move the cracks to a staggered pattern, then to a more pronounced stagger and finally to an opposite pattern.
What I learned was if I do a regular figure 8 in one hand and a fast figure 8 in the other they end up in opposite pattern. However I did have to teak the timing a tad, so the first crack of both aren’t together. I’ll try to make a little video of this today (but probably won’t have time).