Bullwhip Making on the Road

Sometimes when I travel, I make bullwhips in my hotel room. I’ve done this enough over the years that I have a system. It starts with laying down a plastic drop cloth on the ground to make my mess easy to clean!

whip making in a hotel

Here’s the outer belly of the six foot bullwhip I’m working on:

bullwhip plaited belly

And here’s the whip with the boslter attached:

bullwhip belly and bolster

And the 8 plait whiskey overlay that has been stretched and pared:

Bullwhip 8 plait whiskey kangaroo

I have a way I lock the whip into the door jam to keep it from slipping out while I plait.

bullwhip 8 plait overlay

This 6 foot 8 plait bullwhip should be done tomorrow! This is a whip I’m making for fun, so when it’s done, I’ll list it on my IN STOCK whip page.

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.

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!