Posted on 05 May, 2023
Simon Martin and his whips have been attending Agfest for 20 years, but this year he’s back with a difference, as a major sponsor.
When cracked, stockwhips can make a loud noise, steering farm stock into the desired direction.
In 2004, in his first year Simon Martin was Agfest’s youngest exhibitor showcasing his handmade top -quality cowhide stockwhips and even won Best Craft Exhibitor, an award he won again in 2009.
While he says it took time, it’s impressive to see how Simon went from plaiting stock whips on his own to owning a large store selling clothing, saddles, handbags and other leather goods.
“I just love doing what I do and to see it turn into a country store is pretty great”.
Tasmanians love buying local where they can, and Simon says that’s exactly what his business is - 100% Tasmanian owned.
While his business has expanded, his passion for the craft of making whips is clear.
“If you ask me what I love doing, its sitting at my bench plaiting leather”.
Simon says Agfest has been a great opportunity to support and give back to Rural Youth.
“When I first started out, some children from rural youth bought whips off me, now I see them and they are a lot taller but they still remember the special whips they had as children and that’s what makes this special”.
To see some incredible handmade leather goods, check out Simon Martin’s Whips on site M83 on the main road.