Here’s the pair of stock whips that I started last week now that they are finished:
It’s amazing the different in the amount of energy your body saves once lead is put in the handles! A bit of lead makes the whips much easier to hold on to. Also I tried out these whips with kangaroo and with white hide falls (one on each lash) and cracked them on the same handles.
After trying it with both types of falls I was surprised to find out that I preferred a kangaroo fall over the whitehide. Keep in mind this is on a pair of stock whips which quite often have a finer point than a bullwhip. Here’s the two stock whips being test cracked once I put a kangaroo fall on the second lash:
Yesterday I listed the 16 plait kangaroo bullwhip on ebay. I figured it would make a great last minute Christmas present for someone (or yourself). I did a shorter auction so that it ends in time for it to be delivered in the USA by Christmas.
The 16 plait bullwhip is finished and it’s listed on my IN STOCK whips page. Here are a couple of pics of it:
My next project is another 16 plait bullwhip, however there will be a difference between the two. The bullwhip above has a 12 inch 3/8 spike for the handle and the next one will have a 12 inch spring steel rod. The spring steel is much light and thinner so besides being a bit lighter the whip will also have a thinner profile. Also spring steel of the diameter that I’m using has a very slight bit of flex which will enhance how this bullwhip cracks.
Here’s the bullwhip in its current state:
This bullwhip has it’s out belly plaited and at the very least today I’ll be able to get the outer bolster on.
P.S. Remember if you order an IN STOCK whip by 1pm Seattle time on 12/20/11 it will arrive by Christmas!
I have the overlay of the 16 plait bullwhip finished and the fall attached. All I have left to do is put on the knots, roll the bullwhip and do some shellacing. Here’s the bullwhip in it’s current state:
I plaited the handle on this bullwhip differently from how I normally do two tone handles and I’m not 100% happy with the results. It’s not bad…but you’ll notice there’s a slight twist to the pattern on the handle. That’s because I did this by wrapping all 8 strands one direction then weaving the other 8 through them to get the pattern. Normally I do two tone handles one strand at a time. While this twist is purely cosmetic and will have not affect on how the bullwhip performs I don’t think I’ll be using that method the next time I do a two tone handle.
I gave this bullwhip a couple of flicks yesterday and it’s got a great crack!
The other day I was going through all the junk mail that we get at home and I noticed a flyer for the Black Angus Steakhouse. Here’s the flyer:
Do you see the bullwhip in the bottom left corner? At first I thought it was a reata then I noticed it had taper to it. Here’s a close up:
However based on the size of the plates and the size of the lash of the whip I’m guessing that either that’s a very skinny whip, huge plates or there’s a bit of photoshop going on!
Christmas Delivery of Bullwhips
My cut off date for orders of IN STOCK bullwhips is 1pm Seattle time on 12/20/2011 if you want them to arrive at an address in the USA before Christmas. I’ve got a couple of bullwhips, a signal whip and a few odds and ends IN STOCK. I’ll be adding the 16 plait bullwhip to my IN STOCK page as soon as I get it finished.
Also I have time to make one or two more Made To Order whips that would ship out before the 20th. If you are interested in something that’s not in stock give me a call at 206-669-3928 or email me before ordering for what colors of kangaroo I have in stock.
This week has been a very busy week for me between performing, shipping out orders and squeezing in some family time. The 16 plait bullwhip has the overlay cut out, but no strand prep has happened.
And the nice thing about that is because it’s a two tone bullwhip I actually cut out two complete sets, so once the first one is finished I can make another one pretty quick!
Yesterday I started work on a pair of 4 plait cowhide bullwhips. I normally don’t make these bullwhips to order, you have to get them when I have them in stock. I do this for two reasons:
1. I don’t make a lot of money on them and I don’t want to be backed up making these for not a lot of profit.
2. They aren’t particularly challenging to make, so they aren’t fun for me to make!
However the person I’m making these for called and wanted two of them and I had one in stock. So I figured why not make two of them as a pair to make it more interesting. So I agreed and right now I have the plaiting completed one of them and the other is about 3/4 of the way finished.
I should have time to finish them and ship them out today (hopefully) and then I can get back to work on the 16 plait bullwhip.
Currently I’m working on a two tone bullwhip. This bullwhip is going to be 16 plait in black and saddle tan with some patterns plaited on the 12 inch handle. Yesterday I got all the internal plaiting done:
and both bellies attached:
For those of you keeping score at home you may notice that I’m doing something a bit differently that I normally do. Look at the above picture…did you spot it?
The last few whips I’ve started adding the lead on before the overlay. I used to do this a long time ago, but then switched to adding it after the overlay a year or two ago, but now I’m back to adding it before. There’s no major reason why I’m doing this, it’s basically procedural…however I do have a reason why I switched back to doing it this way, it’s just not a major thing.
This morning I put the finishing touches on a 3 foot snake whip. This snake whip is made in two tone kangaroo. I plaited some patterns at the beginning of the whip (which is basically the same pattern as I used on the riding crop).
Here’s the whip pre-shellac:
And here it it after a couple of coats of shellac:
Every I put shellac on a whip I’m always amazed at how it changes the color.