Mini bullwhip

Sometimes I have time for a fun project. This is a mini bullwhip that measures approx 14 inches from the butt of the handle to the end of the fall hitch:


It’s a 12 plait kangaroo whip made in the style of the Indiana Jones whips. Internally it’s got a plaited belly and the 12 plait overlay ends with a 6 plait point.

indiana jones bullwhip

This little whips are challenging and fun to make!
This whip is listed for sale on my IN STOCK whips page

Finished Six Whips

I finished the six whips, and my hands are sore! They came out great, here are the stock whips:

stock whip

And here’s all six of the whips:

stock whip and bull whips

It always amazes me how much time is saves to make things production line style. Cutting out three of every thing at the same time and doing the same physical action three times in a row really make a project like this go quickly.


Six Whips!

I’ve got six whips to make, three stock whips and three bullwhips. All of them are going to be made from veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo in natural tan color.

The three bullwhips are going to be more labor than the stockwhips, so I’m getting started on those first.

Hoping to bust my butt and get all six whips done in a couple of days.

Veg Tanned Kangaroo!

One of the nice things about living in the Seattle area is that I can visit the crew up at David Morgan!

They are my main source for the veg tanned, drum stuffed kangaroo that I use for my whips. The cool thing is that they let me dig through their stock, so I can find exactly what I need for the whip I’m planning on making!

If you ever get a chance to swing by their shop, the “shop bullwhip” is one of the best looking Indiana Jones bullwhips I’ve ever seen!

It makes sense that their Indy Bullwhip is amazing as David made them for the movies.


Bull whip Repair

Here’s a swivel handled bullwhip that recently came in for a repair. The first thing is needed was to have some Pecard Leather Dressing put on it as it was pretty dry. Once the bullwhip had drank that up, I could start to deal with the reason it was sent it, it needed a new point and fall.

I also n0ticed that the heel knot was non-existent and it was just the knot foundation leather, so I got the OK from the owner to replace that as well.

Here’s the whip with the new fall hitch and redhide fall attached:

And finally here’s the bullwhip with the new heel knot:

This whip just needed a little bit of love (aka maintenance) and it’s back out there cracking!


Uncommon Stock Whip!

This was a fun whip repair that came in! This stock whip’s leather keeper had broken and it’s owner did a quick self repair by tying a knot to make it semi functional.

When I was contacted, I asked if they had a picture of it before it was broken so that I could try to match what it previously had, and unfortunately they didn’t. I did a little bit of research and found some samples of what I thought it might have looked like before and this is one the owner thought looked the closest.

The picture above is from Whips and Whipmaking by David Morgan. It’s an amazing resource, and if you don’t have it, you should get it!

I replaced the leather for the keeper and retied everything.

Also while I was working on it, I removed the knot that was in the fall and gave it a hit of Pecard Leather Dressing. This whip should have many more years of cracking in it!


Plaited Bracelet

A little bit ago I got a request to fix the braided part of a bracelet. Here’s the pic that I was sent:

The wanted the 4 plait part replaced and the color hopefully matched with the original color. Here’s a pic of the bracelet when it was new:

The leather on that was glazed and by that I mean it has a coating of blue on top of the grain side of leather. For me to get that color in a decent material, I would need to either get lucky and find the color at one of my local leather suppliers, dye or paint the leather.

My trip out to look for something premade, I struck out and to dye it, I really wouldn’t get that color of blue. That left me with painting as the only real option to color it. Painting and dying leather is a pain, you need to give the leather a hit of deglazer, paint/dye it, then seal it.

I picked up two colors of blue and between the two I figured I could get pretty close to the original color.

Plaited bracelet

Lucky for me the owner of the bracelet said the lighter blue straight out of the jar was what he wanted. I think the color came out pretty well after cutting the lace, doing all the strand prep and then completing the painting process.

Here’s the finished product bracelet:

In the end this is a better product as it’s a higher quality leather as I used kangaroo. Also the painted leather that should hold it’s color better than the previous glazed leather.

This was a fun project as it’s slightly outside of what I normally do.


Fall Replacement*

Changing a fall on a whip is pretty easy all you need in addition to the new fall is a knife, a blunt fid and some Pecard Leather Dressing.

The first step is to slip the new fall onto the lash of the whip.

If the final strand of the fall hitch is tucked under the end of the fall, pull it out.

Next, take the fid and loosen the fall hitch a little bit. Normally you won’t need to loosen it too much, and untie DO NOT the fall hitch.

Loosen all of the hitches.

Then stick the fid into the eye of the old fall.

You will cut out end off the old fall hitch with the knife. I use the fid to protect the lash of the whip from the knife.

Then pull the old fall away from lash, through the fall hitch to remove it.

Take the new fall and feed it through the fall hitch.

Keep pulling till it’s almost all the way through.

Retuck the final strand on the hitch through the eye of the fall (If that’s how it was originally) and then pull the fall against the fall hitch.

Retighten all of the strands in the fall hitch

Now all you need to do is put a new cracker on it and you’re good to go!

*You are following these instructions at your own risk. *

If you would like me to replace a fall for you, contact me for current pricing!