There are few left in the country who crack and craft a whip quite like Anthony Rennick.
For the past two decades, the Wagga man has hand-crafted some of the nation's best stock whips from his garage.
But his fascination with the art of whip-making began as a young man living in Forbes.
"My dad platted a belt and taught me how to do it, but we didn't know how to finish it," Mr Rennick said.
"Back then there was a man named Herb Sephton who had retired in Wagga, and he taught me how to finish the belt and how to make a whip."
After conquering his first leather challenge, Mr Rennick's whip-making journey "snowballed", leading to his current position as both the state and national over-45s stock whip champion, and this year's inductee into the stockman hall of fame.
He estimates that around the country right now, there would be less than a dozen whip-makers left.
"It's not something everyone can do, so I'm very lucky to do it full-time," he said.
"Up until seven years ago though, it was still just a hobby."
Such has been the growth in demand, Mr Rennick has been able to take his trade full-time and leave his life as a butcher for good.
"I always hoped it'd be full-time but didn't see that happening. It was always my ambition, and the trade just kept building and building until I had to do it, I had to go full-time."
Now, working from his home in Estella, Mr Rennick crafts up to 30 bespoke stock whips every month.
"These whips you can only get from me and I've got a three-to-four month-long waiting list," Mr Rennick said.
"There are not too many still making them. People see them on shelves all the time, but you never really see them being made anymore."
A uniquely Australian invention, the stockwhip is named for its long handle - or stock. That key element sets it apart from the short-handled whips commonly used overseas.
Mr Rennick said it is this element that makes it so durable.
"People think it's because they're used with livestock, that's why it's a stock whip, but that's not it," Mr Rennick said.
"If you have one of the whips they use in America, you break the handle you're looking at replacing the whole thing. With these ones, you break the stock and you can have it remade."
With a few repairs, Mr Rennick estimates "there's no reason why these whips wouldn't last you 25 or 30 years".
"Some of the whips I repair are 80 or 90 years old. They're not too good to use, they're a bit brittle, but people have them framed," he said.
Knowing what goes into crafting an effective, longevous whip, Mr Rennick said, comes down to knowing how to handle one.
"You've got to be able to crack a whip to know what goes into making it," he said.
"You have to know how it's weighted and how it falls through the air, how it cracks."