Buget Bullwhip…

Buget Bullwhip…

Next on my list of things to make is an 8 foot budget bullwhip made with the heavier cowhide.  After making a matched pair of two tone bullwhips, I really don’t want to make the budget one…it feels like a step backwards.

However I have the 4 plait overlay already cut out and pared, so I  really don’t have any excuse for not making it.  I’ll probably start it tonight and finish it tomorrow.

Louie
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Almost Finished Whip Pair…

Almost Finished Whip Pair…

The matched pair of bullwhips is almost finished.  All that’s left is to shellac them.

Bullwhips 12 plait kangaroo

It’s raining out today, so it doesn’t look like I’ll get a chance to take them to the park.  I did give them a couple of cracks in my living room yesterday and they crack well.

Next up in my list of bullwhips to make is an 8 foot budget bullwhip.

Louie
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Halfway Finished Bullwhips…

Halfway Finished Bullwhips…

Right now I’m about halfway finished with the thongs of the both of the Australian Bullwhips that I’m working on.

bullwhips

I should have time to at least finish the thongs today, and maybe do the knots.  Even if I do manage to completely finish these bullwhips, I’m not going to get to try them out, it’s very rainy and wet outside.

Louie
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Two Tone Handles…

Two Tone Handles…

Right now I have the handles finished for the matched pair of 12 plait two tone bullwhips.  I think this is the first matched pair that I’ve done that have patterns on both handles.  I want the patterns to be the same, not just the same pattern, but having the patterns line up if you put the two whips side by side.

I know what you are thinking, if they are the same pattern they shouldn’t they automatically line up? Well yes they should, but there are a lot of factors that can alter the lengths of the patterns.  Like stretch in the lace, slight variations in lace width, plaiting angle, etc.

So with that in mind, I plaited about 5 inches of one handle, then plaited the other handle to match that five inches…then continued the second whip handle to the end of the handle.  After the second whip handle was finished I went back to the first and plaited it to the end of the handle.

bullwhip handle

Both of the handles patterns line up pretty well, I’m happy with how these have turned out.  Also these don’t have a twist in the handle pattern like the last two tone that I made .  With the previous one I worked one color around the handle weaving it through the other color.  That’s what gave the pattern a slight twist.  With these bullwhips I was working alternating colors and that really helped line them up!

When I decided to make these 12 plait bullwhips instead of 16 plait bullwhips, I was worried because the variety of patterns is less with a 12 plait than a 16 plait.  While there’s nothing super crazy in these whip handle’s patterns, I’m happy with the bit of variety in them.

One thing I’ve noticed about my whip handles is that they pretty much always start and end in a checkerboard pattern.  I’m not sure why I do that, but that’s how I do it right now.

Louie
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Two Tone Kangaroo…

Two Tone Kangaroo…

I’m still working on making a pair of two tone kangaroo bullwhips.  Right now the bullwhips have the outer bolsters attached:

matched pair of bullwhips

And I have the overlay’s cut out and pared:

Kangaroo lace

While I was paring them I was thinking about splitting them.  Since I’m doing a two tone with one color going one direction and the other going to opposite direction, I don’t need to split them to the same thickness.  I do need to split each hide to an even thickness…and as long as I’m splitting them, I might as well do it to the same thickness.

When one color goes one way and the other goes the other, basically you have a layer covering the whole whip from one hide going one way, and the other hide going the other. Now if I had a mix of colors going one direction, then splitting to the same thickness would be more functional.

I hope that makes sense, it’s hard to describe without any pictures.

I’m probably not going to have time to split them today, but should have plenty of time to work on them this coming week.

Louie

P.S. Today’s Whip Deal of the Day (for 12/18/09 only) is 18% off all IN STOCK cowhide whips.

Bullwhip Handles

Bullwhip Handles

Right now I’m working on a matched pair of bullwhips.  They are going to be two tone in natural tan and red kangaroo.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to do them in 12 or 16 plait.  So far I have the cores attached to the handles and the bellies cut out and pared.  The next step for me is split the bellies to a uniform thickness…then braid them.

Bullwhip core

I’m using spring steel rods for the handle.  Spring Steel is a great material for a bullwhip handle because it’s very strong and won’t bend like regular steel rod of a similar thickness.  I find myself using spring steel more and more, and using steel spikes less for whip handles.

Bullwhip handle

When attaching the cores to the handle it’s very important that they are very tightly bound together.  I do this be wrapping the core grain side in and binding it on tightly.  Personally I’ve found that I can get a better fit of the core around the handle with the grain side in.  The core is the only layer that I do grain side in on a kangaroo bullwhip.    When you have a bolster with the grain side in, it adds a lot of friction when you are trying to braid over it.  With the core, since it’s shorter it’s not a big of a deal to braid with more resistance.

kangaroo bullwhip

Both of the kangaroo hides that I used were 62dm, so I’m hoping to  get the two Australian Bullwhips out of them and a two tone signal whip.  Speaking of signal whips, today’s Whip Deal of the Day (for 12/14/09 only) is 20% off all signal whips (in stock and made to order).

Hopefully I’ll have time tonight to finish the strand prep of the bellies and get the bellies plaited.

Louie
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Bullwhip Uses…

Bullwhip Uses…

bullwhips

I like the idea of using a bullwhip to train pets…maybe my cat will finally start to obey me!

Yesterday I changed the fall on the 16 plait two tone bullwhip that I made a little while ago to a whitehide one:

16 plait bullwhip

This whip is shipping out on Monday to it’s new owner on the east coast.

Today’s Whip Deal of the Day (for 12/13/09 only) is $100 off all In Stock bullwhips 12 plait and higher.

Louie
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Two Tone Bullwhip

Two Tone Bullwhip

I’m planning on making a few more two tone bullwhips with the red and natural tan kangaroo.  I just ordered a couple more hides each color and should have them next week.

I don’t think I’ll get any whip work done today, I’m still sick (my temp was 102 last night!) and I’ve a lot of shows to do between today and sunday, so I’ll be spending my free time resting.

Today’s Whip Deal of the Day (for 12/11/09 only) is $20 off everything IN STOCK that is 8 plait or less.

Louie
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