Homemade Flogger Construction
Start by cutting a rectangle from the hide. The width will be the tailwidth multiplied by the tailcount. For 20 tails 1/2" wide, the leather rectangle would need to be 10" wide. The length is the handle length + the tail length. For 18" tails and a 7" handle, the length would be 25 inches.
Leather is uneven because cows aren't square. I typically cut the leather so that what will be the end of the tails ends in an uneven side of the hide and trim the tails to length.
Here's a picture of an uncut Black Heavy Biker hide from Tandy Leather. It has a pebble finish but for a flogger, that's not really important.Here I'm cutting out a rectangle of the Black Chap. I'm using a steel square as a straight edge and the Rotary Cutter to cut the material with a poly cutting board. The Rotary Cutter makes cleaner cuts in the leather than the utility knife, but be careful, it's quite sharp! I bought my Rotary cutter at Wal-Mart.
You can use the utility knife or rotary cutter and straight edge, but we get better, faster results with a Jerry's Stripper from Tandy Leather. Jerry's Stripper has plastic waffers 1/8" thick that hold utility knife blades between them. By loading multiple blades, you can evenly cut multiple strips of leather with each pass. The leather will stretch some and using the Stripper accurately takes some practice.
The picture on the left shows leather being pulled through the Stripper. On the right, we're near the end of the leather. Notice the uneven edge. This will be trimmed later, after the flogger has been assembled.
It's VERY important to pull with a straight, firm, even motion through the stripper.
When the glue has dried so that it's
just tacky to the touch, we roll up the leather onto the dowel. Place the dowel on one
edge as shown in the picture, and with FIRM pressure, slowly roll up the leather onto the
dowel so that a handle is formed.