My name is Ben Hughes and I'm a 5times Australian and a WORLD Whipcracking Champion. I first met Simon in January, 2004 when he was displaying and selling his whips at a country festival. From that first time I was impressed with the workmanship, skill and care that he had obviously put into each whip. When I cracked them I was so impressed that I now solely buy Simon Martin Whips. Simon's whips are perfectly balanced and have no "buck". They fall straight which is very important, whether they are for competition, work, or recreation. I have found them perfect for performing my more technical tricks like "Ben's Helicopter" and "Tasman Crossover". Not only are Simon whips well balanced and the perfect cracking whip, they are so beautifully made that they look fantastic mounted on the wall. I couldn't more highly recommend a whip handcrafted by Simon.
World Champion Whipcracker-One Handed 2006
World Champion Whipcracker-Two Handed 2006
Most Technical Whipcracker - 2006
Outstanding Showman of the Year - 2006
Best Showcase Performance - 2006
Australian Whipcracking Champion - 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2006
The first photo is of Ben and I in 2006. The next photos are of Ben cracking his whips in Devonport, Tasmania, Australia.
Pistol Packin Paula recommends my whips visit her website www.pistolpackinpaula.com or email her email@example.com
Mate, I had just had the most wonderful surprise from Josh DeWitt last night as he handed me a beautiful set of whips to crack (in the dark) to tell him what I thought. As I handed them back to him and said "They are awesome and probably as 'Fast' as any I've ever cracked" he unwrapped the little blue bows on the handles and I walked inside so I could read them to realize, they were for me.
I felt extremely humbled that these special people would go to such an effort to show their appreciation of something I was so happy to do for them and I cannot thank you enough for your involvement in this.
You are a wonderful craftsman and your beautiful whips will be used and seen often as I crack them with pride for our beautiful Australia.
I am unsure if you are aware or not but we lost one of Australia's finest whip makers and a true gentleman in 'Peter Bondfield' last year and as I sincerely hurt for the loss of him, I also in that moment, worried for the tradition to be lost with the likes of him and am now so excited to see that in your hands, our great traditions roll on strong and true.
Thanks again mate, for your fine work and all the very best to you in the future and I hope to be able to purchase some more of your wonderful whips as time goes on as they are truly as good as I have ever seen.
Kind regards, Guy McLean.
Craig & Zelie Bullen. Animals all around.
Zelie has been animal trainer for many movies including Steven Spielberg's "Warhorse". Craig is from circus background and has trained anything from Tigers to Elephants.
My name is Chris Beck. I have been cracking whips in competitions and demonstrations all over Australia for 13 years. In that time I've been in many newspapers, magazines, and TV shows. Throughout that period I won many championship titles in whipcracking competitions including 10 Tasmanian titles, 2 Victorian, and 3 Australian Championships. In those 12 years I had the opportunity to use whips of many different whipmakers around the country some good and some bad, but I choose to use and recommend Simon's whips because I believe the finish and particularly the balance of his whips are superior to any others I have used. I own stockwhips and bullwhips made by Simon and I am extremely happy with them and will continue to use them until I retire.
3times Australian Whipcracking Champion-1993Junior, 1993 Men's, and 1994 Men's
2009 Semi-Finalist in Australia's Got Talent TV Show
I bought two pairs of Simon's WHIPPA lace whips, an 8 ft pair and a 5 ft pair. I've been using them regularly for my training, competitions, and shows ever since I got them. The WHIPPA lace whips are way easier to take care of than leather and they look great on stage. Thanks to Simon for doing such a good job making them.
Regards Adam Winrich, USA
Holder of 9 Guinness World Records. Visit www.winrichwhips.com
In 2012, I (Simon) was asked to teach Hon. Tony Abbott (now former Australian Prime Minister) to crack a stockwhip, unfortunately they had to end up cancelling due to media issues but Senator Richard Colbeck organized a time for me to present Mr. Abbott with an Australian Stockwhip. Please see picture below and a letter of thanks that I received from him.
Picture with myself and Mr. Abbott with Senator Colbeck in the background.
A thankyou card from the "Wicks Family Whipcrackers" after their trip to Tasmania for the Tasmanian Whipcracking Championships. They also presented the video "Australian Whipcracking for Kids" which is now available from their website or on mine. All the Wicks children have been Australian Whipcracking Champions. Visit their website at www.whipcrackers.com.au
Brooke 11 years, Katie 15 years, and Daniel 17 years.
As proud owner of your first stainless steel, laser engraved whips, numbers 42 & 43 I would like to wish you all the best with your business and hope to see your future full of success. To any potential whip owner out there, I highly recommend Simon as the up and coming whipmaker for our generation. Support young Aussie enterprise and get Cracking!!
Sherrelle Dolphin (6/6/2004)
Circus Joseph Ashton
Hope all is well for you and your great whips. Best of luck and support for your website.
Circus Joseph Ashton
Art Director, Movie Factory Fernsehproduktion, GERMANY. 18/7/2007
It was a pleasure doing business with Simon. He always replied promptly to my endless questions and gave sensible advice. He was also totally accommodating with my order, letting me customise my whip so that I had what wanted whilst still making me a practical, working whip. Simon is a professional and his whips are not cheap but when you get your hands on one you'll see why. The whip Simon made for me is as good as I could have wanted it to be. The only trouble is I'd like another one now as well :o) Thanks again Simon.
South Wales, United Kingdom
well my name is Glenn Mead and I have been street performing for about
7 years touring all over and I have used many a whip and Simons I find to be
the most hardy and tough long lasting whips that I have seen in quite some
time... I don't profess to be an expert on the subject but when it comes to
Simons whips they're balanced and I get great sound and the quality of the
plaiting is second to none... nice going Simon... keep em coming...
thanks again Simon...
Thank you so much for making the whip I designed, I really didn't think it was A) Possible and B) Actually going to look as good as it does. This is going to be a really great piece to have and everyone who has seen it was very impressed! I plan on mounting it on my wall in the living room, I want people to see it. The fur and suede and everything feels really nice too! You have my utmost appreciation!
Alex New Jersey, USA
Thank you very much for the Quirt which arrived today! An excellent
masterpiece and I shall certainly be recommending you!
Bob (NSW, Australia)
I received my bullwhip today and it is incredible.
Very nice craftsmanship. Thank you for the great
service and excellent product.
Gregory L. (TEXAS, USA)
My crop arrived today - WOW! Outstanding! I'm very pleased and impressed. The US market is saturated with mass-produced, cheap riding crops and although there are some fine whipmakers here in the US, none of these individuals seem to have decided to add a handcrafted crop to their product line. I am very discerning when it comes to my equipment and I had to go halfway round the world to find something that met my high standards for materials and craftsmanship. Thanks for all your hard work and attention to detail."
I purchased a whip from another manufacturer that broke. I contacted the maker and wasnít happy with the results so I contacted you. I was very happy with your truthful answers even though it wasnít your whip you were a great help.
I did however end up ordering a new whip from you which hasnít yet been finished but I am sure that it will be all I expect and more. I canít wait to see the whip as it is being made specifically for me instead of being made for normal sale. I would not hesitate in recommending you or your web site to anyone looking for a new whip, in fact you will be the the first place I send them . When I travel to Tassie I will make sure I call in and see you
Many thanks for your time.
My whip turned up 2 days ago and I am very happy with it. It looks better than I imagined. Well I had better get to work.
Happy New Year.
Mark Kattenberg (Australia)
Hi, Simon -
The whip arrived this morning. Wow! I can't begin to tell you how pleased I am with it. It's incredible. Absolutely perfect!
I like this one so much more than the one I bought from *** ****** a few years back.
I really want to get outside and see what I can do with it, but it's raining very hard here.
I watched the video you sent. Tasmania looks like a very beautiful
place, even though most of it takes place in a park. Maybe someday,
I'll get a chance to visit.
It's been a pleasure doing business with you. Many many thanks.
Wishing you the best!
Thanks Simon, We received your "work of art" this morning. Everyone is very
impressed with the quality and workmanship. You have done an amazing job and we
really appreciate you meeting the time pressure we put on you.
Best wishes, thanks again and I'll be in touch.
Robert J Gard
Exxon Mobil Gas & Power Marketing
PNG Gas Project
Sorry I've taken so long to get back to you with some feedback on your Bullwhip No.30. But I wanted to break it in and get familiar with it which has unfortunately taken some time. As you know I was living in London, a big city and not very whip friendly. There are a lot of parks but it's usually not long before people come over and politely ask you to leave. Now I'm living in New York even harder to find some where to go and give the whips a good working out.
So after around a year and a half later your whip is almost what I would call
broken in, and I've got to tell you I love it, it's beautiful, it cracks itself,
it is by far my favourite whip in my collection. I've had whips all my life
and I've bought and used them and all over the world, some times the the best
things in life come from your own backyard. Simon I can't fault your
service or your product, you really went out of your way to help me and to meet
my requests which I really do appreciate,
Thanks for everything.
Simon Payne (A very happy customer and a former Tasmanian)
New York, USA
Ps. And just so you know my bullwhip number is 30, Which without knowing that my parents ended up paying for the whip for my 30th birthday. Just thought that was kinda cool.
The whips arrived today.
They are lovely.
You have done a great job and I am proud to add them to my collection.
Thank you for sharing your artistry with me.
The DVD has arrived safe and sound!! Thank you ever so much for your efforts that enabled it to get here before Christmas!
We most definitely look forward to watching it and furthering our whip cracking skills.
Have a great Christmas and we look forward to giving you our business again.
Just a line to say that the maintenance kit has arrived (and it only took five days!). Iíve got everything I need to get started and now comes the hard, but enjoyable part, learning the art of whip cracking. Once again I would just like to say thank you very much for the time and trouble you took over me and setting me up with a great whip to get started. Hope to be in touch in the future.
Check out this video here.
Whips arrived yesterday. These are my best looking whips so far. Great workmanship, and the lengths are perfect. The yellow/black combination is terrific. They crack really well, even though they are not yet broken in, and they have a good weight distribution.
Thanks again for a fantastic pair of whips!
Sassan (California, USA)
I m writing you to tell you that I've got my whips! They are really amazing! I am happy! thank you!
I will let you know if I come to Australia to make a show!
have a nice day,
I received the second whip this week. It is beautiful and the workmanship is immaculate. I get many complements. Iíll do what I can to send business your way.
Whips are great. The kids and Danny love them. To quote the kids "they are wicked". They have gone to school today for show & tell. We are very happy with the handle patterns they look great.
Keep up the good work.
PS. If are ever in the District the kids would love to catch up with you.
Penola, South Australia-18/9/07
Presented to General T. Michael Moseley
Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force,
Sorry about the delayed response to the new whips, too busy enjoying them. Really pleased with the new whips. Some things I have struggled with for awhile, now seem easily achievable. Even starting to get the four corners starting to flow if not cracking well. Also been impressed with how quickly they have started to loose their initial stiffness. Should be primed now for the SA championships (in what ever format they choose to hold it) mid September. I have a pile of new cracks to share with the kidsfrom down the South East and I hope they have some originals to show me.
Do you know the various crack combinations they use with the Hoofbeats routine. I have been watching a video of it and I think I know what they do. Is it just the last two combos that I am not 100% sure of. This seems like a real crowd pleaser and one I would love to learn.
Thanks again Paul
South Australian Whipcracking Champion (2/7/2008)
Hi Simon, received the whips yesterday and they
are masterpieces of whip making
I don't even want to crack them. . .just look at them. Also, thanks for
the leather dressing and accessories
Hope your business continues to do great. Perhaps I will order a snake whip in the future to complete my Simon Martin collection.
We received the whips safely and much quicker than we expected! Many thanks for going the extra mile for us and being so prompt. The problem is that once I got the whip, I couldnít wait to give it to Ron and so he has an early Wedding Anniversary present. Of course, he is delighted and he loves the whip Ė most impressed with ďthe balanceĒ Heís looking forward to mustering this week!
Sharon Muldoon (Victoria, Australia)
I would just like
to Thankyou for that really good competition you put on Australia Day, I had
so much fun. Those 5ft whips that you made me are Perfect, they are the Best
I've ever cracked and I can do so much more with them. The Bullock whip that
you made me is also Perfect, and also the best I've ever cracked or seen, I
also liked the name in the handles of all the whips and the colours they
look good. My brother was also very happy with his whips.
Colin Erbacher, Queensland, Australia 24/2/09
Simon, The whip arrived in the post, today. I can only say that it exceeds my expectations in every way. When I ordered this whip, I knew that I could expect exceptional craftsmanship. I knew I could count on a whip with excellent balance and a fluid action. I am 60 years old and have owned and handled a good number of whips over the last 50 years, or so. But, sir, the whip you have sent me is a joy. The design is magnificent. And, after only about an hour of light work, I know, beyond doubt, that this is quite probably the finest whip I have ever had the pleasure to own. Thank you for your exceptional work. Most Respectfully,
Jon M. Kehe, USA
We have received the whips and are extremely happy. Thanks for answering
the many questions, and also for your prompt service.
Can't wait to get some practice in over the Xmas holidays. Hopefully we
will catch up on the road somewhere.
Andrew & Carrol Moxey
Have today received your whip - great service - daughter loves it!!! Thanks
again, will be more than happy to recommend.
I have received the whip - thank you. My friend collected the mail, but held out on giving the parcel to me until Saturday, when it was my birthday.
On my first pathetic attempt the whip cracked - I was most impressed.
The quality of your work is top class - I will definitely recommend you to my friends.
I also liked the DVD - I've watched it quite a bit.
Bruce Fenwick 12/7/2010
God bless you mate, what a fantastic whip. You truly have a gift. It was like Xmas for Jacob. He was up at 3.00am this morning. We made him wait until 5.00. He could not have been happier and the whip has truly exceeded all of our expectations - a work of art. The DVD is great too (we watched it a 5.30am).
Jacob was out at 7.30am cracking the whip - reckons it cracks easier and louder than his "el cheapo" stock whip. Although, he says he hasn't it warmed up yet. He was practising the Cattleman's crack and the Volley. I tell you, he's is that impressed with the whole package - one very happy kid. The Certificate is up on his bedroom wall already.
Anyway, thanks again for a magnificent whip - I'll put you on notice now that he will be wanting a matching stock whip for Xmas (is that a red & black one on the DVD?).
Thanks again and I will send some photos through to you soon.
Allan (Sydney, NSW) 13/8/2010
They're good whips Simon ,they're extra extra nice, they crack good and they are beautiful Simon .
This afternoon the stockwhip you made for me arrived in the mail. WoW ! I'm glad I went for quality. What a great job you have done
with this whip. The braids are very well done , nice and tight , and I love every detail of it. The two tone is very subtle , the blue is
wonderful next to the black. Maybe next time I go for a bit more contrasting colours , but this is very fine.
Although it was a bit of a drizzle outside I could not resist to try it out straight from the box :) The handling is a dream , it feels so
light ! Very easy swinging too , wonderfully balanced. I managed a few overhead cracks before I went back inside. I want to break it in
carefully , and look after it really well. I'm not sure where this new sport or hobby will bring me , but after seeing the amazing Adam
Winrich on YouTube , and now owning such a whip myself
I think The start off is a great one :)
Thanks again & possibly until later.
Walraven (Netherlands) 12/1/2011
Just a quick note to let you know the order (two parcels) arrived yesterday afternoon. Everything was in excellent condition. I am very impressed with the workmanship (and the engraving is excellent) and thank you very much for your all efforts on this - great to know you enjoyed the challenge!
All the very best,
Regards Grant (Toowoomba, QLD)
I just received our whip in the mail today.
Thank you very much itís lovely! We will display it in a special place at HQ.
C h l o e C o n d e r
Deni Ute Muster
62-64 Hardinge St | PO Box 170
Deniliquin NSW 2710
Phone: 03 5881 3388 Fax: 03 5881 4366
Greetings from deepest, darkest Cheshire! You need to have more faith in the ability of Australia Post and the British Royal Mail to deliver my friend! The whip arrived in good condition today thank you very much Ė with nearly 10 days to spare before Australia Day! Have already given it a trial crack in our very cold, very small backyard here and it falls nicely. Should be quite easy to teach the Poms to do it with this one I reckon!
Anyway, thanks again and Iíll try and get some photos for you perhaps of the stockwhip in use over here, if youíre interested?
Scott & Kylie Parry,
United Kingdom (ex Aussies)
Simon, now that I have had time to really have a look at the 2 signature whips I can appreciate even more the thought you have put in to the design. The "ORS" plaited into the handle has come up very well & I must admit to a bit of concern here. It did not occur to me to run it up the handle & now having seen it, it is an obvious choice. The tread pattern you have incorporated into the base of the handle as well as top & bottom of the ferrule is an excellent touch. The ferrule itself has come up very well with every detail of the logo evident. To my eye the whips are faultless in every aspect, Design, construction, & overall artistic nature. I am compelled again to thank you for your design input & skill in achieving this pair of whips with a minimal design brief.
Henry, Georgia and Andrew (father) Pitman present Barry O'Farell (NSW premier) with one of my stockwhips at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Click on the picture below to enlarge. Both Henry and Georgia are Australian Whipcracking Champions.
The whips arrived today, I am so very pleased with them! Wonderful, wonderful job on both pairs my friend, thank you.
You were right about 5 footers, I'm really going to like that length. Will take a bit if practice to get comfortable with the faster speed, but the volleys take right off with these. I'm really happy with the all black and the plaiting choice on this pair, looks fantastic.
Thanks once again for putting together such quality products. I look forward to my next order with you as always!
Josh DeWitt (USA) 20/11/2013
Hi, I'm Jerome. I got my whip yesterday, and the delivery was superfast. It was lighter than I thought, So I tried attaching a magnet to the handle :) I tried breaking my new whip today. The sound was louder than my 8ft American bullwhip. Thanks for additional fall, oil and crackers.
I hope your business grows bigger and bigger. Goodbye.
Jerome (Japan) 11/5/2014
This is just a brief note to say how impressed and grateful I am for the whip that you kindly made for my 40th on behalf of my father.
It is an amazing piece of work and you should be very proud of it, as I am to now I own it.
My little boy has been greatly admiring the whip and I would love to be able to get him one for his birthday. Hence my question, do you have in stock and small red hide whip that I could buy? It's his 5th birthday on Tuesday and would it be possible to express post it on Monday so it is here by Tuesday. If all too difficult, I completely understand.
Thanks again the whip it is magnificent.
South Australia = 23/5/2015
Pictures of the whip
The whip is beautiful! ! ! I can't wait to play with it! ! ! Thank
you so much. You did an amazing job on it. That is an awesome work of art, and
craftsmanship. It was well worth the wait. I have been bragging about your work,
to my friends. In the future I want you to make a pair of competition stock
whips, for me. After all, I am a collector. I have referred you to my friends.
So. . . . you will be getting a lot of business, from my end. I am glad that you
had a great hunting trip. I am a hunter, as well. When me, and my wife to be,
get married. We are coming to Tasmania, for our honeymoon, and we want to meet
you, and visit your shop.
Once again. . . thank you, and kind regards to you as well.
USA - 28/6/2015
Surprisingly, the whips have already arrived. Although stiff from being new, they still crack with relative ease. I can only imagine that they'll handle even better once I break them in. So thanks for the great pair of whips! How long is your lead time if I had wanted to place an order for a nicer pair(higher plait count) in a different length? Thanks again.
I just wanted to let you know that whip arrived today.
Iím ecstatic with the results as the whip is exactly what I was after.
I did have one question with regards to the leather balm you included. Are there any special care requirements I should follow to look after it?
Apart from that Iím looking forward to being able to go out and give it a crack (unfortunately it was a bit late by the time I got home from work).
Should I ever be in the market for another whip, then you will definitely hear from me. Similarly the next time we visit Tasmania Iíll visit your shop.
Thanks once again.
South Australia 10/5/2016
Check out this photo of my 2 year old nephew! Us Aussies are born with whips in our hands:o)
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