Finished Sting Ray Bullwhip

Finished Sting Ray Bullwhip

Last night I finished the bullwhip with the sting ray handle.  Here’s the final pics:

I gave this bullwhip a few cracks last night and it’s got a great crack.  It’s always amazing to see the difference in how the bullwhip cracks before and after I put the lead in the handle.  It’s a good thing I got a chance to crack this last night, it’s pouring down rain today!

Louie
P.S. I just listed this bullwhip for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.

Signal Whip

Signal Whip

Right now the whip I have in progress is a four foot 12 plait signal whip in natural tan.  Yesterday I made the shot bag, plaited belly, bolster and  a little bit of the overlay.

Here’s a picture of the set for the overlay (before any strand prep was done):

single tail whip

And here’s a picture of the finished signal whip’s guts:

signal whip 12 plait

Currently I have about 18 inches of the overlay finished (but haven’t taken a picture of it yet).

Hopefully I’ll find some time to finish the overlay today, I’ve got two shows this afternoon and they are about a two hour drive away!

Louie
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Matched Pair of Bullwhips

Matched Pair of Bullwhips

The shellac dried on this pair of bullwhips!  

 

12 plait kangaroo bullwhip for sale

 

They are six feet long with 12 plait kangaroo overlays. 

 

bullwhips in 12 plait kangaroo skin - matched pair

 

pair of bullwhips

I got the THICK kangaroo hides that were used to make these bullwhips from David Morgan.

bullwhip picture

I naturally darkened the hides a bit before I made the bullwhips.  

 

bull whip picture

 

bullwhips for whip cracking

I’ve got this pair of bullwhips listed for sale on the IN STOCK whips page.

 

 

Louie

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10 foot Bull whip

10 foot Bull whip

Here’s the 10 foot bullwhip that I made yesterday and shipped out to it’s new owner:

 

bullwhip picture

 

 

10 foot 12 plait bullwhip

Right now I’m working on the overlays of the pair of 6 foot 12 plait bullwhips that I started a few weeks ago.  I’ve got one whip with about 12 inches finished and the other with abotu 3 feet of the overlay plaited.   With a bit of luck I’ll be able to get both of the bullwhip’s overlay braided today. 

Louie

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Rawhide Core Bullwhip Pics…

Rawhide Core Bullwhip Pics…

It’s finally finished and I’m very happy with how this bullwhip has turned out!

Yesterday morning finished the overlay: 

 

Bullwhip without knots
Bullwhip without knots

  Then I tied the knots on this bullwhip:

 

First set of turksheads
First set of turksheads

I wasn’t happy with this set of knots.  I was sort of experimenting and I didn’t like the results, so I untied them, cut a new set and retied the knots:

 

Final turks heads
Final turks heads

And here’s the finished bullwhip:

 

8 foot bullwhip - Finished!
8 foot bullwhip - Finished!
Finished Bullwhip
Finished Bullwhip

This bullwhip came out well and I’m really glad a redid the knots.  This bullwhip is plaited very tight and I’m still very happy with my strand drops.

I gave it a couple of throws on my deck yesterday and it throws well.  Hopefully later today I’ll be able to take it to the park for a better test cracking session!

Louie

P.S. I’ve listed this bullwhip in my IN STOCK whips page.

More Bullwhip Handles…

More Bullwhip Handles…

This morning I got an email from Franco Zoccali letting me know of a type of handle that I didn’t mention.  He mentioned a whip that is fat at the butt and tapers towards the thong.   I’ve only seen it in a bullwhip with a wood handle and not a plaited handle…and somehow I didn’t think of it. 

There’s another type of handle and that’s the handle that has a buldge in the handle.  I didn’t mention this type on purpose for two reasons. 

 

  1. I was talking about how the handle to thong transition is, and this buldge isn’t at the transition. 
  2. I think it leads people to incorrectly hold the bullwhip…holding the handle in their hand, not the butt.  

 

Below is a picture of bullwhip by Nemeth:

Brian nemeth bull whip

Right now I’m making a couple of the budget bullwhips and I’m putting a little bit of lead in the butt of them.  I don’t know what this will do to the whip, and it may be something that I keep doing.

bullwhip for sale

If you look at the picture above you can see a slight bit of taper going from the butt towards the thong of this whip.

 

 

bull whip picture

Right now the two budget bullwhips I’m working on have the bellies plaited and lead attached, the next step for them is to plait the overlays.

Louie

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Bullwhip Pictures (12 foot)

Bullwhip Pictures (12 foot)

Here’s a few pictures of the 12 foot 12 plait bullwhip that I finished the other day.

12 foot bullwhip picture

 

bull whip handle

 

 

bullwhip picture

It’s been too wet out for me to take this whip to the park to throw it, and it’s too long to throw on my deck. So I’ll have to wait patiently for the weather to improve before I get to crack it.  

This morning I’ve got gig, and some other work to do, on my way home I’m going to pick up a couple more hides for budget whips.  I’m trying to get a bunch of them made up to take to a Juggling Convention at the end of next month.  The budget whips are selling as fast as I can make them…I’m not complaining that they are selling fast, I’d just like to have a few to sell at the Juggling Convention.

Later today I’m going to be tying knots on two budget bullwhips (an 8 foot and a 4 foot), and I’ll list those on my IN STOCK page once they are finished.   

Louie

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Project 30X completed

Project 30X completed

This bullwhip is finished, it’s a 29 foot 2 inch 4 plait latigo bullwhip.  It’s a monster to hold and crack, it weights about 5 pounds!

I haven’t taken any pictures after I tied the buttknot, so you’ll have to use your imagination:

 

4 plait latigo bullwhip
bullwhip

 

turks head

 

bullwhip picture

I haven’t had much of a chance to go out and  crack this bullwhip yet, I’ve been out of town and it’s been raining a lot here in Seattle.  I did manage to find time to swing it around for about 10 minutes and got it to crack twice.

Hopefully today the rain will hold off and I’ll get a chance to spend some quality time with this bullwhip at the park!

Right now I have another 16 plait signal whip in the works, it should be done in the next day or so (depending on how much time I can find to work on it).

Louie

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