Business

Whipping up success

David Bishop’s business, Warwick Whips, has cracked the international market.
David Bishop’s business, Warwick Whips, has cracked the international market. Georja Ryan

WHAT began as a curious line of questioning, has whipped its way into the international business world.

David Bishop started his business, Warwick Whips, in November of 2010 after meeting Chic Roche and Garry Glasby at an event in Yangan.

The trio got talking and soon enough Mr Bishop was learning the secrets to leather-plaiting and whip making.

Warwick Whips is now a company sought after by stockmen across the globe, with the demand for Mr Bishop's quality products.

"We make good quality working whips, none of the dodgy stuff," Mr Bishop said.

Mr Bishop prides his business on not only the quality, but the reasonable price of his stock which also includes belts and newly-introduced guitar straps.

But it's not just the cowboys of Warwick who are reaping the benefits of Mr Bishop's work.

"At the end of last year it went international for the first time where I sent a whip over to Canada to a guy who had bought one here at the Rodeo markets and took that back with him and wanted another one," he said.

"We've also sent whips to one of the largest ranches in America and this year we sent to the United Kingdom.

"We're finding that people are coming to us now," Mr Bishop said.

All the products used to make the whips come from local businesses, Toowoomba or Brisbane.

The intricate detail to some of the stock whips produced a hint they would take weeks to create, but Mr Bishop said some can be completed in a day.

"Getting to know the types of plaits and how to cut a whip out takes time, and there is still a lot for me to learn but I think I produce pretty good stuff," Mr Bishop said.

He said those wanting to get into whip making needed to be prepared to lose some blood.

"You will lose a lot of blood doing this and you'll get sliced thumbs and all the rest but it's great."

One style of belt he makes, the hobble belt, can also be turned into horse hobbles to make them possibly one of the most convenient belts a stockman could own.

"They've got rings on them so a lot of contract stockmen can whip them off and use them as hobbles so they can sit down and have lunch and their horse doesn't run away," he said.

 

Want to learn?

David Bishop is holding a workshop for those eager to learn the art of whip-making.

  • Who: Bill Glasgow and George Yorksten from Toowoomba will take the workshop and David Bishop will be there to assist.
  • Where: Pringle Cottage, 79-83 Dragon St, Warwick.
  • Time: 9-9.30am.
  • What: By the end of the day you will go home with your very own whip, plaited by you. Morning tea and lunch included.
  • Cost: $88
  • How: Contact David Bishop on 0408 201 820

Topics:  business, cowboys, stockmen



Woman on 25 rural acres fined $600 for rooster crowing

FOWL FEUD: Julie Ann Tucker with her rooster.

Fowl fued erupts over noise complaint

Bundaberg baby taken too soon by rare condition

LOST CHILD: Little baby Evelyn died after battling the rare 4q deletion syndrome.

Little girl "spoke with her eyes" as she fought rare disease

Bundy cops 3cm hail... and the wet's not over yet

There were storms overnight through much of Queensland.

Long weekend could see a mix of weather

Local Partners

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E6: Suckas Need Bodyguards review

Rosario Dawson and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E5: Just To Get A Rep review

Mahershala Ali, centre, in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E4: Step In The Arena review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Rob Kardashian admits his first crush was his sister Kim

Rob Kardashian once had a crush on his sister Kim Kardashian West.

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E3: Who's Gonna Take The Weight

Mahershala Ali in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E2: Code of the Streets review

Simone Missick and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Developers boost confidence in Bundaberg property market

Slow and steady growth has always been Bundaberg’s way

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual