Category: Sad News
So, Importing Kangaroo leather for many years has been the most simple of things to do, order from the tannery of your choice, pay via bank transfer or some form of internet banking and just wait a few days for one of two things to happen, 1/ Royal Mail send you a letter with an invoice for Import duty, VAT and their charge for customs clearance, you can then either pay on line and wait for your parcel to be delivered or you can take the bill to the local Parcel Force office, pay and collect, 2/ You get a knock on the door from UPS who have a machine, they charge the same duties but you can pay there and then and get your leather there and then, both simple!
Occasionally customs opens a parcel and this then can create serious delays, once they open it and check the contents for some strange reason it goes to be securely re packaged and customs labels affixed etc, etc, how do i know this, a customs man told me, so if they are busy your parcel can hang about often weeks before it is sent on, I am old enough and ugly enough to have compensated for this over the years, i tend to buy hides by the hundred at a time to get maximum discount and some years back having been fortunate enough to be so busy as to afford it, i started treating 50 as empty, so when my stock drops to 50 i re order…
Warning to All Whip Makers
Things have now changed, my most recent package has not taken the normal 5 to 7 days, order to door step, time it has taken a month, new legislation came into force on the 1st of May 2017, so whilst i ordered before this my parcel got included in it, instead of hearing from Parcel Force i got a letter from customs, 3 forms to fill in, i won’t bore you with all the details but some of the questions they were asking were for foreign whip makers exporting to the UK very bad news, they asked me to fill in the 3 forms and return them with a copy of my invoice from when i paid for the leather so they could check it against the price declared on the customs form and my method of payment, now i don’t care, really i don’t but it is common practice for whip makers outside of Europe to value the parcel lower than the real value so the receiver can avoid duty etc, they have to really or their wares would be way too expensive for all bar the collector. That though is not why I’m ranting, my parcel once i had filled in the forms sent and provided the paperwork required then took 23 days to get to the stage where the letter arrived from Parcel Force asking for duty, import and their clearance charges, had i not had a good stock i’d of been unable to work for quite some time….
To UK whip makers make sure you order well in advance, and to foreign makers, fore warned is fore armed, the couple of makers i am friendly with i have already told, the rest of you can read here and it’s up to you if you want to believe me and act accordingly or risk it for a biscuit, i’ve done my bit by blogging so i’ll sleep easy….
Thanks for reading, take care
Joy, probably better known as Mistress Demonic was fighting a tumour and the Big C, it was a battle she couldn’t win and sadly she is no longer with us.
This is a great loss to not only the fetish community but also the world, Joy was an apt name, the lady was a joy to behold and just to be around.
I’m sorry your no longer with us beautiful lady, may you Rest In Peace.
Just a sad thought, thanks for reading.
Well how sad to be sat writing about the passing of a legend, I guess that’s the thing with living legends, you for some strange reason believe them to be way above suffering the normality’s of life and to live forever, Bernie was certainly a living legend, a real character, funny, generous beyond belief with his sharing of knowledge, humble and so laid back he was almost horizontal…..This is sounding like he and I were best friends and that’s not true, but through the magic of the Internet I first communicated with Bernie some 15 plus years ago and since then just way too many times to recall. An Internet mate maybe…..
I’m not a big lover of forums and the like, I much prefer to talk with folks on skype or via some form of one to one type of messenger, Bernie was never a great poster on forums, I’m not saying he never posted, just not much so we shared that in common as well as a passion for all things whips, like many I bought a whip from Bernie, three in total, I regret not buying more now, and then like a lot I proceeded to ask him many questions which he answered with good grace, I had only a couple or three years under my belt and here was a guy with 30 years experience I’m sure for a while I made a proper pest of myself. I am very proud to say though that over the years of staying in touch I was able to pay back and do Bernie a couple of favours, he would also ask me on occasion to help out folks that had written to him from Europe or the UK, things like where to get supplies from etc….I always of course paid forwards and answered.
In recent years Bernie has had a reputation for long wait times, there are a few that didn’t order from him because of that, but things were not always that way, I can remember a time, a few times in fact where work was up and down and I recommended him when I was busy, back then my work book was up and down too, not often but on several occasions when folk from the UK or EU didn’t want to wait the time for him he pointed them my way,
I would think most current day whip makers have gleaned some knowledge from Bernie, some don’t admit to it but we all had help along the way and most share tips and tricks with others we respect
Bernie will probably be best remembered by some for the high plait count fancy ring work style whips he made, others for the silver caps and ferrules and collars on his work, for the general whip population his Bullwhips, by the fetish community his signal whips with changeable cracker, others for his help and generosity whatever your reasons please remember this great man, this legend, I will…R.I.P Bernie, I sincerely hope your in a better place and happy…