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Bull whips
Jul 14th, 2019 at 11:30pm
 
Any bull whip makers in this crowd?  Iíve been considering trying my hand at one. Any of you Aussies know of a good source for kangaroo leather?  Iíve seen a few whole hides on Etsy and EBay, but I donít know what would be  a good price or if there are any things to look for quality-wise.
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Reply #1 - Jul 15th, 2019 at 4:01am
 
I've made some very simple whips, one with just lengths of cord covered in hockey tape and the other a paracord snakewhip that came out... ok. I would kill for an actual leather bullwhip, particularly a kangaroo one.
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Reply #2 - Jul 15th, 2019 at 7:58am
 
I bought a pair of cheap bullwhips several months ago, just to get the feeling, and immediately started to braid one, out of PP cordage. It turned out pretty OK, despite a lot of nistakes in the conception. I also made a quick one, just to  test some things.
Now I'm ready to braid another one, learning from previous experience... But no leather braiding for me. cords will do.

My  first experiences with whipmaking has definely changed my way of braiding realese cords on slings...

I'll send photos as soon as I can. Wink
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Reply #3 - Jul 15th, 2019 at 9:16am
 
I found a few small tanneries in Australia using google.com.au:
These two seem to have the best prices on veg tanned roo leather:

https://www.birdsall-leather.com.au/9LSDS/Drummed-stuffed-kangaroo-skin/pd.php

http://www.vacel.com.au/shop.html

Some of the other sites are charging 4x for what looks like a comparable hide, but itís hard to know when so much can depend on the tanning process.
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Reply #4 - Jul 15th, 2019 at 10:22am
 
A whip is something I'd like to try at some point too.† Leather would be awesome, but for the first one I'll probably use paracord.

It's long, but if anyone hasn't seen this tutorial, you should check it out.† It goes in to great detail, and the whip looks fantastic too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXuBs_wYsnI
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Reply #5 - Jul 17th, 2019 at 6:27pm
 
     There was a good tutorial here a long time ago about making a bull whip out of duct tape. I wish I could remember who posted it. Does anyone recall?
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Reply #6 - Jul 18th, 2019 at 9:30am
 
Duct tape? It probably looks good, but that sounds awful! Why put in all that effort for something that wonít last long?  The tape gets brittle after a few years if it doesnít wear out first.
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Reply #7 - Jul 20th, 2019 at 8:44pm
 
I've just ordered a bunch of paracord and other stuff to make a bullwhip. It's something that I've always fancied trying actually, even as a kid I remember having a go with a heap of cladded wire I found, but it ended up pretty messy.

I'll probably be following a combination of youtube guidance and (slightly) my own instinct, but mostly the video linked above from NicksWhipShop.
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Reply #8 - Jul 29th, 2019 at 4:46pm
 
Finished the whip! It took a solid weekend and came out about 6ft + a 2ft fall + 8 inch cracker.

I'm pretty pleased with it overall, although I think the cord lengths given in the video were pretty low for me, I had to use 50% longer on the top layer to get it over the whole whip, and the lack of filling out from the inner layers means I have a nearly non-existent taper over the last 2ft of the whip, so if you are planning on following Nick's videos bear that in mind.

Went out to the park to try it this evening, it's surprisingly technical to crack, but when the timing is on it requires basically no effort for good loud bangs. Lasted about 10 mins before I got a noise complaint from a nearby house and decided to vacate† Grin

Pics will arrive when I'm in and have decent lighting as my phone camera sucks in half light.
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Reply #9 - Jul 29th, 2019 at 5:07pm
 
That's great!† Looking forward to seeing it.
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Reply #10 - Jul 30th, 2019 at 3:37am
 
Awesome! I would love to see pics too.
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Reply #11 - Jul 30th, 2019 at 2:59pm
 
Nice!
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Reply #12 - Jul 30th, 2019 at 3:59pm
 
Here it is.

Shot loaded core about halfway down, 6mm steel handle base, two bellies + overlay of braided paracord. Binding is a combination of hockey tape and artificial sinew, I would recommend this instead of electrical tape as it seems electrical tape degrades.

I may add a heel knot at some point, but probably gonna try make an improved version first. As you can see the cracker is already green from contact with the grassy floor† Tongue

All in all not bad for a first whip, used about 150ft of paracord, a lot less than the 400ft I bought...
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Reply #13 - Jul 30th, 2019 at 10:01pm
 
Wow!† That looks great!† I definitely have to give that a try at some point.
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Reply #14 - Jul 31st, 2019 at 5:29am
 
Beautiful work!
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