A WHIP-CRACKING workshop at Longford yesterday attracted about 50 people from across Northern Tasmania.
Whipmaker Simon Martin, of Devonport, organised the event and said he ran a workshop most months somewhere in the state.
William Leaver, 8, of Penguin, was among the people who attended.
His dad, Phil, said his son missed a recent workshop at Smithton so they decided to drive to Longford and make a day of it.
"It's been great - we stopped at Deloraine for a bite to eat along the way, and we will drive home once it's over," he said.
"The workshops are a good opportunity for the young fellow to learn how to crack his whip from the man who made it, and there's no one I can think of who's better to teach him.
"William wanted a whip for his birthday and here we are at the workshop - it's been well worth the drive."
Sharon Gee, of Fingal, was at the workshop with her 10-year-old son Harrison.
"He's been mad keen on whip cracking since he saw them demonstrated at Agfest," Mrs Gee said.
"We bought one from Simon at Agfest and now we often get woken up by the sound of his whip cracking early in the morning.
"He practises so much, he even gets blisters on his hands. He was very excited to come today."
Mr Martin said he was delighted to see so many kids outside and away from their televisions.
"I used to have the workshops just at Devonport, but people really appreciated me coming closer to where they live - a lot still travel quite a distance though."
Mr Martin starts beginners with the traditional cattleman's crack, moving up to figures of eight, fast figures of eight and volleys.