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!
Here’s the 10 foot bullwhip that I made yesterday and shipped out to it’s new owner:
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.
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.
I was talking about how the handle to thong transition is, and this buldge isn’t at the transition.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Here’s a few pictures of the 12 foot 12 plait bullwhip that I finished the other day.
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.
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:
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).