A Changing of the Guard

A Changing of the Guard

September 29, 2019

Hard to believe that it has been 8 years since Tinker and Soldier, our beloved shop cats, first arrived at our door. Skinny, shy and in need of a home, we were told, "remember, these are feral cats, they will never become companion animals".  Of course, if you follow us on social media, they have grown up into the fearsome protectors of our shop, loving companions and part of the fabric that makes working at Twisted Monk so special.

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Flying With Rope: How to Travel With Bondage Rope & Toys

Flying With Rope: How to Travel With Bondage Rope & Toys

June 22, 2017

We often get asked about air travel with rope- what is safe for carry on vs what should be checked? To get the best answer, we consulted the ultimate rope-toting road-warrior we know, Midori.

"I'm a pervy road warrior who flies thousands of miles every year to teach, so I've developed a few strategies for traveling with ropes and toys." [Read More]

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Fire and Brimstone: A Retrospective

Fire and Brimstone: A Retrospective

July 11, 2016

This past month marked ten years since The Great Fire At The Abbey. Despite this passage of time, the scorch marks are still visible and the memory all too vivid. Ten years ago we watched our art and livelihood burn to the ground.

As we prepare a special commemorative Color Of The Month for July, we revisit Monk's blog post from that fateful day...

[READ THE FULL RETROSPECTIVE]

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It's Wabbit Season

It's Wabbit Season

March 31, 2016

The phrase “rope bunny” sets my teeth on edge. At first glance it seems pretty innocuous, but it reflects something more sinister about how some think of rope bottoming.

Let’s work together to ensure the concept of the rope bunny has the cunning of Bugs Bunny, the ferocity of Monty Python’s were-rabbit, and the intrigue of Jessica Rabbit, shall we?

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Tools Of The Trade

Tools Of The Trade

February 12, 2016

The other day, as I was stuck in Seattle’s legendary traffic, I was listening to an interesting piece on NPR about “The Tools of the Trade” featuring stories about the items used by professionals to do their job. 

This got me thinking, what tool do I use everyday?

Simple safety shears, the same kind we have sent out with our rope kits since 2005.

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Them Damned Cats

Them Damned Cats

January 13, 2016

Rats love to nest in fiber, hemp is a fiber... You can see where this is going.

It was time to go old school.

No mere domestic cat would do the job. We needed hunters in residence. An elite force to live in the shop with us and be that thin, furry line of protection.

Enter Tinker and Soldier.

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A Return To Where It All Began

A Return To Where It All Began

November 30, 2015

Young(er) Monk, encouraged by the response of folks interested in the rope he was making for his own personal use, decides to try his hand at selling his jewel-toned hand-dyed rope to the public. This, in a time when the term “rope vendor” was practically unheard of. When available options for bondage rope were Home Depot, a handful of sites selling nylon, or if you were lucky, a friend-of-a-friend could be commissioned to process a batch of hemp for you.

Through good fortune, or perhaps divine intervention, the folks at Seattle’s Center for Sex-Positive Culture didn’t bat an eye when I applied to sell rope at their upcoming winter Vendor Fair.

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