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Manufacturing/Retail Store Simon Martin Whips & Leathercraft - Devonport, Tasmania.

Simon Martin Whips & Leathercraft was founded in April, 2004 by then 22 year old Simon. From what started out as humble beginnings in his parents garage in 2005, Simon then opened a retail/manufacturing outlet in Devonport, Tasmania, Australia and 3 years later employed Australia's only whipmaker apprentice at that time.
Simon says "People were sick and tired of cheap overseas imports and I found customers were very happy to pay extra to buy quality Australian made products. If it wasn't for this we wouldn't be in business now. I'm thankful to all of our customers that keep coming back which has allowed us to expand the range of retail products we offer.
The fact we stand 100% behind in whatever we do or sell has helped our business immensely."

Simon began the business focused on manufacturing his own brand of products but the retail store now includes a huge range of products, both imported and Australian made, but still focusing on quality.  The store sells well known brands including RM Williams & Akubra and has become a popular tourist destination in Devonport for young and old.

Whips purchased on this website may not be made by Simon unless requested. If you would like Simon to custom make a whip for you then please visit www.whipmaker.com.au. Simon currently has nearly a 2 year wait time for orders.

The Team @ Simon Martin Whips & Leathercraft

  • Admin & Craftsmen

    Samara – Admin & Craftsmen

    Samara began with us in 2018 and works casual with us  while also being a full-time mum.  Happy to help out with admin or making some of our belts.

  • Craftsman

    Andrew (Maker 1)

    Andrew was our 1st apprentice in 2008 and had a time away from Devonport before returning to work for us in 2018. Andrew loves making matched pairs of Latigo Stockwhips…

  • Simon Head Craftsman/Founder & Manager, Sophie Craftsman & Admin

    Simon & Sophie Martin (Owners)

    Simon spends most of his time making custom made kangaroo whips but is also passionate about helping any customers that come into the retail shop. Sophie is a home mum…

  • Craftsman & Head Saddler

    William (Maker 2)

    William started his apprenticeship with us in 2010 and has continued working with us since then...although explored outback Australia for a time.  He is a talented horseman and craftsman.  He…

  • Distribution Manager

    Patrick – Distribution Manager

    Patrick is our jokes man and keeps us laughing all day.  Responsible for phone calls, invoicing and sending out all our stock. He has been with us since 2016.

  • Craftsman/Belt Maker

    Keegan (Maker 3)

    Keegan is the quite one in our team and is desperate to learn whipmaking.  Only a casual worker at this stage and is responsible for making our belts.  He enjoys…

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