John Leonetti visits…

John Leonetti visits…

Yesterday John Leonetti came by for a visit.  Here he is taking a picture of one of my bullwhips:

John leonetti

We had a great time talking whips and while he’s in town John, Will Morgan and I are doing a whip demo at School For Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) in Seattle.   This whip demo is free and on 12/26/10 from 10 am to 12pm (noon) at the SANCA facility in Seattle.

Yesterday I also managed to finish the overlay and built the heel knot foundation for an 8 foot Indy bullwhip.

bullwhip

This morning I tied the heel knot:

Indiana Jones style bullwhip

Here’s the knot foundation built up.  This is the step a lot of people that try to make Indy Bullwhips miss.  It’s a small part of making an Indy Bullwhip…but it’s important step that contributes to the overall look.

Indiana Jones style bullwhip

Here’s the finished bullwhip:

Indiana Jones style bullwhip

Indiana Jones style bullwhip

Next up for me to work on is a six foot bullwhip.

Louie
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8 foot Indy Bullwhip…

8 foot Indy Bullwhip…

I’ve got an 8 foot Morgan Style Indy Bullwhip that I’m working on right now.  I’ve got about 5 feet of the overlay plaited.  I’ve notice my braiding time seems to be getting faster, I’m going to need to time  myself again to see if that’s true.  Currently I’m averaging about an hour per foot of the completed whip.  So an 8 foot whip takes me about 8 hours start to finish to make.

Bullwhips and bullwhip making

After this bullwhip is finished I need to cut more falls and get them soaking in dressing, then I’ll start another 8 foot KotCS bullwhip.

Also after my experimentation with different thicknesses of bolsters I’ve settled on a combination that I like for my 8 foot and longer whips.   I do the core and first bolster from a thinner Kip, the the 2nd bolster from a slightly thicker calf hide.  It gives me a bit more weight out at the end of the bullwhip.

Louie

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Louie

Bullwhips in the Works…

Bullwhips in the Works…

Last night I finished tying the knots on an 8 foot KotCS bullwhip and all I need to do is shellac it and it’s ready to ship out to Iowa!

8 foot KotCS bullwhip

Last night I also started an 8 foot Morgan Style Indy bullwhip. I cut out the core and both bellies and plaited the first belly:

8 foot bullwhip making

Today I’ll get the 2nd bolster finished and the 2nd belly plaited and hopefully the overlay cut out. I’m trying to crank through my outstanding orders as fast as I can so that I get them all taken care of before my performing schedule picks up!

Louie

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Bullwhip’s Progress

Bullwhip’s Progress

Yesterday I got a lot more work done on the 8 foot Indy bullwhip than I though I would.  I’ve got about 4 feet of the overlay finished.  I’m going to do the 12 to 10 plait drop soon.

12 plait overly

After having a hard time making the 7 foot indy bullwhip the last two bullwhips have been much easier and are coming along very well.  I think my was working something out and gave me a bad whipmaking day when I made the 7 footy.

On Thursday I ordered some more kangaroo skins to make a few more KotCS bullwhips.  And I’ll probably head  up to visit David Morgan this week to get some more natural tan kangaroo skins.

Louie

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Whips in the Works…

Whips in the Works…

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).

Louie

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