Kangaroo Skins…

Kangaroo Skins…

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.  

Budget Bullwhips

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.  

Tella Bullwhip

I’m meaning to take some pictures of the 5 foot 8 plait Victor Tella bullwhip…I’ll try to do that later today.

Louie

http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhip Handles…

Bullwhip Handles…

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:

  • Slow Taper: the handle gradually increases in thickness.  It’s a bit hard to see the taper in this bullwhip’s handle, but here’s an example of the Slow Taper:
    young indiana jones style bullwhip

     

  • Bump:  I can’t think of a better name for this, but it’s where the handle is basicially the same thickness the whole length of the handle, then at the transition it gets thicker all at once.  That’s also where the transition knot it (covering this bump).  
    Bull whip 12 feet long

    David Morgan’s Indiana Jones whips have the bump look, I think it gives them a very rugged look. 

  • Straight:  The bullwhip’s handle and thong appear to be the same thickness from the handle to the thong.
  • Normally you see this on bullwhips with longer handles, like this bullwhip by Mike Murphy:mike murphy bull whip

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.

Louie

http://bullwhips.org

Experimental Bullwhips

Experimental Bullwhips

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.

Louie

http://bullwhips.org