WHIP-MAKER WHO’S THE TOP OF THE CROP
The showjumper’s crop in whip-maker Mary Wing To’s left hand is worthy of Olympic gold.
Hand-crafted from a rattan stock with plaited kangaroo leather and a decorative
Turk’s head knot, Mary made it to be presented to gold medallist Nick Skelton on his retirement.
She learned her skills thanks to a QEST scholarship, studying with traditional whip-maker Dennis Walmsley at his cottage once a week for two years. ‘He was a genius and quite a character,’ she says, adding that Dennis insisted she bring homemade soup to every lesson.
Today she makes and sells bespoke whips under the name Whip In Hand from her London studio.