6 Foot Bullwhip!

I love coming across whips while I travel around performing. Here’s a whip that belongs to Scotty and Katrine. They got it 20+ years ago from Western Stage Props and it was probably made by Joe Strain.

bullwhip 6 foot 12 plait

This bullwhip is 6 feet and made in 12 plait kangaroo. When people say that whips are expensive, I tell them a well made whip will last decades and poorly made one will last a year or two. That’s the huge difference, in the long run, cheap whips will cost you more.

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.

-Louie

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.
-Louie

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.

-Louie

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!

-Louie

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!

Fibula Handle Bullwhip

For about a decade I’ve wanted to make a bullwhip that had a human bone for a handle. A while ago I found a fibula that would be perfect for the handle of a short bullwhip. This whip internally has a core, bolster and plaited belly.

Here’s the overlay:

I started braiding in the middle of the bone handle so that I could get the plaiting nice and tight where it was going to start on the finished whip. I also lashed it down tightly with string.

And here’s the finished whip:

Here’s a close up of the handle:

This whip has a great crack and I think it’s a cool functional piece of art!

You can order it on my IN STOCK WHIPS page!

Whip Cracking Lessons!

I’m based in the Seattle area and every now and then I get someone asking about learning to crack whips. One of the nice things is that I can meet up with them at a park and teach them the basics.

The bonus is that I have a lot of different whips, you can try cracking a lot of different style and you can see the difference between a bullwhip and a stock whip, or bullwhip with an 8 inch handle and a 12 inch handle.

If you’re in the Seattle area and would like info about some whip cracking lessons, hit me up!

-Louie