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TAS Country : April 26th 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012 Tasmanian Country 41 POPULAR: Simon Martin and his apprentice, William Browning, behind. High demand gets business cracking The demand is from whipcracking as a hobby SIMON Martin from Devonport star- ted making whips 10 years ago and has seen a steady increase in demand ever since. ''Whipcracking has become popu- lar throughout Australia among the young generation,'' Mr Martin said. ''I would say 90 per cent of my whips are made for children to crack. ''I often get parents telling me that their father used to be a stockman and had an old whip and now their son or daughter wants to learn how to do it. While the sound of the stockwhip is still used to move cattle on the land, the demand is coming from whipcracking as a hobby.'' Mr Martin, who is one of the few professional custom-made whipma- kers in the world, has a shop in Devonport that has become a popular tourist destination for those interest- ed in Australian culture. Mr Martin has the only whipmak- ing apprentice in the world, 17-year- old William Browning, who has been working for him for two years. ''It is very important in any job to have a passion for what you do,'' he said. ''Both William and I enjoy what we are making 100 per cent which hopefully reflects in the quality of the products we make.'' Recently both Mr Martin and Mr Browning completed an order for 60 whips which were sent to the Double Dan's Horsemanship show. The Double Dan's reached the semi-finals of Australia's Got Talent- TV Show and they perform in both Australia and the US. Mr Martin's whips are also sold at the Stockman's Hall of Fame in Queensland, several saddleries throughout Australia and different countries all over the world. Mr Martin has won awards for his work and Mr Browning received first place in the leatherwork section of last year's Devonport Show. Mr Martin will have a craft stall at site D04 at Agfest for the ninth year in a row and will have for sale both kangaroo and cowhide stockwhips as well as a lot of other products. Information at www.simonmartin whips.com. Site D4 in Pavilion D 2012 We'll donate $3 to your chosen group for every bag of our Atomic* annual or Awesome* short term ryegrass you buy. Just return the bag tags or enter online. Ask your stockist for more details or see us on South St at AGFEST! Fo ou ee s i see s ca A o omist Ash e atte on .uppermurrayseeds.com.au *conditions apply. You grow, we give... Sow Atomic or Awesome ryegrass and help your favourite community group, charity or club* . Kings Meadows Rd. 634 77 e on o 6183 F f d Hw 6427 5444 e wen a 8 v 6211 555 nie 17-1 Riv Rd 6431 855 Ke in a son 41 8 8 12 webstertrucks.com.au All t e best bra s be o e ame... SEE AT SITE LAUNCESTON & NORTH WEST COAST 90 Connector Rd, Kings Meadows 7249 e an Co e an 0 972 HO ART C a ton e, erwent ar 7009 Shane Hi der 0 211 0504 Ca eron S ith 0 211 0500 S28-S30 Come and visit us at site S32-34 nd ew a e 41 11 825 2000707-120427
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