It’s no secret that I am a bit of a whip lover, so spending the day with two of Britain’s finest whip makers was definitely not an arduous task!
For quite a few years, I have been friends with Tony Essentia, but we had never quite gotten round to meeting (which is a huge pity because he is an awesome bloke who also hails from sarf London)
It’s always good to meet up with other makers and just chew the fat about different leather, and OMG isn’t buffalo expensive, and all that sort of thing. Such meetings usually spawn a plethora of new ideas, born from skills shared, and are always a pleasure.
Well, I have been hanging out and working with Chris from Alpha Whips for a good while, and I suggested that I bring him along for the craic, also so that he could have his work thoroughly assessed so he can continue to improve.
I have to say that Tony and his partner Mel, are lovely, warm and friendly people, and meeting them both was a real pleasure.
They also have a dungeon that I would happily move into!
Tony’s work is first class, we had a lot of fun cracking whips.
If you are looking for a leather whip, do check out his work. Yes he has a good waiting list for his work, but it is worth it. He also makes a very fine range of floggers, but we discovered that our styles are completely different and compliment rather than compete.
The whip talk was brilliant, I am very interested in the technical aspects of whip making, and listening to two people who are passionate about their craft was a rare pleasure.
I will post a link to Tony’s blog, as he and I are both endorsing Chris’s work.
A big thank you to Tony and Mel for your hospitality, next time the KFC is on me xxxx