I’ve got a new batch of Kangaroo on the way…I just placed the order and it should be here by Friday. I ordered some Whiskey and some Black kangaroo skins. I’ve got some roo whip orders that I need to make.
Usually I use kangaroo skins I get from Mike Murphy, they are a good deal when the US Dollar is strong against the AUD. Murphy doesn’t offer the Whiskey colored hides, so I’ve got some Packer hides coming. Packer makes the best kangaroo hides…but it’s the most expensive!
I don’t think there is a noticable difference in the final whip result when using different company’s kangaroo, but some are easier to work with while making the a bullwhip.
Yesterday I plaited the overlay of an 8 foot budget cowhide bullwhip and today I’m going to be doing another one. I also need to go and get some more cowhide to make more of these bullwhips.
I’m meaning to take some pictures of the 5 foot 8 plait Victor Tella bullwhip…I’ll try to do that later today.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the look of the handle of bullwhips. Specificially the way the handle transitions to the thong. There are bascially three looks to this transition:
Aside from style, I don’t think it really makes a difference in how the bullwhips handles or will last. I’ve experimented with making all three types of handles in the past and personally I like the Slow Taper look to whips. I’m sure at some point in the future my opinion will change.
Also the length of the handle willl affect how the good the transition looks. For example I think the Bump that David Morgan uses looks great on an 8 inch handle, but it would look pretty strange on a 12 inch handle.
On Friday I was a my local Tandy Leather to get some more Kip and right now they have Kip on sale for about half price! I needed a hide and they only had one left, if they had more I would have gotten a couple of hides (half price is a sweet deal!).
While I was there I picked up some rawhide and I’m going to experiment with using rawhide in my bullwhip. I had read on Mike Murphy’s website about using a braided rawhide layer in the bullwhip. In the past I’ve made bullwhips with a twisted rawhide core, but never really liked the transition from the handle to the thong. Doing a braided belly of rawhide should give me a better transition.
Now the trick for me is to find the time between my bullwhip orders to make an experimental bullwhip with a rawhide belly.