Simon Martin Whips & Leathercraft was founded in April 2004 by then 22-year-old Simon.
From what started out as humble beginnings in his parent’s garage in 2004, 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 the Devonport/Latrobe area 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.
1994 – Simon first learnt leatherwork at highschool with teacher Trevor Barrenger (dec 2003.)
2002 – Simon began whipmaking as a hobby
2004- Simon went fulltime whipmaking in his parents garage at the age of 21.
2004 – Won Best Craft Exhibitor at AGFEST. (again in 2009)
2005 – Opened the original store in Devonport (just 60sq meters and in 2019 expanded to 240sq meters)
2007- Simon was presented with a Level 4 Australian Trade Certificate in Whipmaking/Saddlery
2007 - Simon was awarded with 1st Place and "Standard of Excellence" award at the Royal Easter Sydney Show.
2008 – First apprentice and staff member employed
2014 – 10th years of Stalls at AGFEST.
2019 – Opened current store in Spreyton and now employing 6 staff. (Currently 600square meters) William is our first staff member to complete 10 years of service for us.
2020 – Registered as an “Australian Made” Business.
2021 – Purchased a 1999 Dennis Dart 10mt Bus to turn into a mobile store. (On the road soon).