The Legacy of Alcee Broussard

The Legacy of Terry D. Broussard

Terry with Whip

Handcrafted Ole' Fashion Cowboy Bullwhips:

A Testament to Tradition and Craftsmanship

In the heart of Cajun Country, Lafayette, Louisiana, a legacy of craftsmanship and tradition lives on through the art of handcrafted Ole’ Fashion Cowboy Bullwhips. These meticulously crafted whips, made from a single piece of high-quality leather, are a testament to the skill and dedication of the Broussard family, who have been honing their craft for generations. In this article, we will delve into the rich history and techniques behind these iconic whips, exploring the story of Alcee Broussard, the renowned saddle, bullwhip maker, and shoe repairman, and his descendants who carry on his legacy.

The Legacy of Alcee Broussard

Alcee Broussard, affectionately known as Gros Pop to his grandkids, was a master leather craftsman who plied his trade from 1910 to 1970. His exceptional skill and attention to detail earned him a reputation as one of the finest whip makers of his time. The tradition of whip making was passed down from generation to generation, with Alcee’s grandson Terry following in his footsteps. Today, he, a proud descendant of Alcee Broussard, continues the family tradition, crafting Ole’ Fashion Cowboy Bullwhips that pay homage to the techniques and craftsmanship of the past.

The Art of Handcrafted Bullwhips

Materials and Construction

Each Ole’ Fashion Cowboy Bullwhip is meticulously crafted from a single piece of 7/9oz oil and dipped latigo leather. This high-quality leather, known for its durability and flexibility, ensures that the whip can withstand the rigors of ranch work and cowboy life. The whips are crafted using a 4 and 8 plait braid, a technique that has been perfected over the years. Unlike modern whips, no whip fall is needed for these traditional whips, as they are cut out from a single piece of leather and each plait is tapered through a careful progression.

Signature Wooden Handles

One of the distinguishing features of Ole’ Fashion Cowboy Bullwhips is the use of solid wooden handles. In the past, Alcee Broussard would painstakingly whittle down these handles using a simple pocket knife, adding a personal touch to each whip. Today, modern tools like a wood lathe are used to cut the handles from solid wood, ensuring consistency and precision. Despite the evolution in tools, the essence of the craftsmanship remains unchanged, as each handle is still carefully shaped and finished by hand.

The Cracker

A Symbol of Tradition

No Ole’ Fashion Cowboy Bullwhip would be complete without its distinctive cracker. In the early days, these crackers were made from the string found in bales of hay, a practical and readily available material. Terry fondly recalls receiving his first whip and cracker from his grandfather at the tender age of 6. Today, the crackers are made from wax-coated nylon twine, providing durability and reliability while still maintaining a connection to the past. The crack of the whip and the sound of the cracker are not only functional but also serve as a reminder of the rich heritage and history behind these remarkable whips. Terry enjoys showcasing the impressive power of the Broussard bullwhips, as well as demonstrating how easily they can break the sound barrier to create the sonic boom. 

The Working Cowboy's Companion

Ole’ Fashion Cowboy Bullwhips are not merely decorative pieces; they are tools designed for the working cowboy and rancher. With their exceptional durability and craftsmanship, these whips can withstand the demands of ranch work, making them a reliable companion for those who rely on their equipment day in and day out. The tradition of using Ole’ Fashion Cowboy Bullwhips spans generations, with many cowboys and ranchers passing down these whips as treasured heirlooms.

Owning a Piece of Old West History

For enthusiasts and collectors of Old West memorabilia, an Ole’ Fashion Cowboy Bullwhip is a must-have item. These whips embody the spirit of the Old West, evoking images of cowboys riding the open range and working the land. Each whip is a unique piece of craftsmanship, with the care and attention to detail evident in every plait and twist. Whether displayed proudly on a wall or used on horseback, an Ole’ Fashion Cowboy Bullwhip is a tangible connection to a bygone era.

Conclusion

The art of handcrafted Ole’ Fashion Cowboy Bullwhips is a testament to the Broussard family’s dedication to preserving the traditions of their ancestors. From the skilled hands of Alcee Broussard to the present-day craftsmanship of Terry D. Broussard, these whips represent the intersection of artistry, functionality, and heritage. Each whip tells a story, carrying with it the legacy of generations past. Whether you are a working cowboy, a rancher, or simply an admirer of Old West history, an Ole’ Fashion Cowboy Bullwhip is a symbol of tradition and a testament to the enduring craftsmanship of the Broussard family.

Don
@BossmanRockinLRanch
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Yes it's Great! Your workmanship is unbelievable - Thanks
Coleman
Coleman
@BossmanRockinLRanch
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If you ol boys have need of a good whip, that will last you a life time, this is the man to contact, one of the best.
Larry
Larry
@Larry
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These are awesome whips. If you've ever thought about buying one, a handmade one is the way to go
Jason
Jason
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Hot in NC too! Enjoy your whip Craig you will enjoy the craftsmanship and hard work put into it! I sure do love mine
Lee McFarland
Lee McFarlandWaskom Texas
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Hey my friend just wanted to let you know that I used the whip today and all I can say is sweeter than sugar and smoother than silk. I wanted to let you know what a pleasure it was to work some cattle with a good quality whip again I thought those days were long gone. I've used whips most of my life working cattle and this one is top notch no doubt about it
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