got to give my friend Mark (not the one who asks the questions)
credit for having the best basement in the mid West. It's
the size of comfortable apartment and is absolutely loaded
with toys. Sex toys, that is. The place could be a showroom
for the best kink catalog in the industry.
is, Mark does sell the stuff and has the uncanny knack
of being able to get most anything legal. (Write FPN6D,
Box 1014, Novi, MI 48376.) So if I'm going to continue
that list of things too
large to fit in a top's toy bag, all I have to do is reflect
on his basement.
to start in this mind-boggling arena? How about with a
two ton hoist with either boot straps or boots bolted
to a cross piece so that one can hang one's submissive
upside down. There is the usual dog cage that fits two.
How about a bed? If that's not enough then try his sling
or obstetrician's examining
table. He doesn't have a dentist's chair but he does have
a "table" with holes for roping your playmate
down. The center drops out to expose the mid section of
your bound salve for
are (it seems) miles of tubing hooked to a vacuum pump
as well as electrical devices such as violet wands, vibrators,
low amperage generators, and a cattle prod. In the non-electrical
area, there are tubes and containers for enemas (add water,
wine, soap, catnip, but only if you know what you're doing).
Needless to say, the walls are replete with smaller toys
such as crops, whips, chains, ropes, hoods, hand cuffs,
as well as cast iron restraints for neck, wrists, ankles,
wrists at the waist, wrist to thigh, and cages for the
head. All of these are also available in leather as well.
the far wall, to the right as you come down the stairs,
is a unique restraint device, called an Amsterdam box.
It is a shallow closet (2 feet deep at most). It's back
wall has appropriately placed leather straps, to hold
one's boy or girl tightly within the closet. It closes
with a sliding door to make the bondage complete. Not
to deprive a Master of the use he or she may wish to make
of the slave thus bound, there are small doors in the
sliding door that may be used to gain access to the bound
servant in the appropriate areas.
dungeon is complete without a cross, so Mark has a St.
Andrew's Cross. It is shaped liked an "X" and
holds its chattel in a spread eagle position. Crosses
also come in the traditional "T" shape.
his annual party, Mark will assemble a full size (10x10)
jail in his living room. The guy takes his SM seriously.
favorite "large toy" is a "peg seat",
a low stool or chair with a dildo firmly attached to the
seat so that its occupant is happily but firmly impaled
list of furniture-sized accouterments can go on for pages
of course, with stocks, beams, posts, benches, chairs,
etc. Ones imagination can literally run wild.
that is, in fact, how a good dungeon is put together.
The peg seat mentioned above for instance is one of my
home-made, not so expensive contraptions. I had read about
peg seats in a book
somewhere and decided to make one for myself (or should
I say for my slaves self?). One day while walking
through a large department store, I saw a short stand
used for a support a seat in a motor boat. It was sturdy
and had holes in the right places to bolt a seat to it.
Cost: less than ten dollars.
brought it home, cut a square piece of plywood, fastened
the end of a broom handle in its center and then put the
plywood in place on the base. It then only needed a few
holes drilled in it so that I had a place to fasten ropes
for tying down nuts and a few hooks in the side for attaching
wrist restraints. Voila, the best seat in the house!
are really the basis of good SM and good ideas spring
from research, discussion, and observation. Visit the
"sex toy" stores in your area, and patronize
them as you can, but you dont always have to drop
a bundle. A good harness, for instance, costs over 60
dollars. On the other hand, the parts for one cost less
than fifteen. Borrow a book from the library about leather
crafting and you've got the genuine, home made version
with a evenings work.
magazines and invest in the catalogs that are advertised.
There are even a few good books (illustrated) that show
these large devices. Some even give directions on how
to make them. And don't limit your reading to modern,
glossy brochures. A book on the history of punishment,
for instance, will give rise to lots of great ideas. Those
puritans knew what they were doing.
you "make your own", do so carefully. Test everything
for strength and build it stronger than you think necessary.
Try it out on yourself first to insure safety. Remember
that big toys need to be cleaned just as carefully as
small ones. I never use that peg seat for instance without
putting a condom on the dildo. Safe is the first word
in the credo, "Safe, sane, and consensual."
talk about "large sex toys" makes me think about
"large sex organs." But you knew that about
me I'm sure! The largest and most important sex organ
we have is our brain. Not only is that where we experience
the thrill of the sensations, but that is where the ideas,
the creativity, and the drive to realize them originates.
The best scenes are well-planned. The best equipment comes
from well-thought ideas, well executed.
is more to SM than quick anonymous sex. The best leather
encounters take time for planning and preparation. I once
built a dungeon in the basement of a home I owned. After
two years, there were still improvements to be made and
new ideas to be put into practice. Fortunately, there
is enjoyment in the getting ready as well in the having
sane, and consensual means that leather folk have to think.
Thinking provides more than safety though. It provides
excitement, diversity, originality, satisfaction, and
pleasure. So the next time you fuck, and every time you
fuck, use your brain. The results will be better because
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