• A CASE OF KINKY DELIGHT

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    "If I need inspiration, all I need it to spend some time alone in the forests at my cabin and the ideas will come," says Torben Egenlauf, Head of Design at Lodbrock. Home to the beautiful forests of the Schwarzwald region in Germany, Torben tells the detailed story behind the creation of the Lodbrock Pillory set, “It is deeply satisfying to see months of hard work and effort turn into such a beautiful result. It is a good thing that I can finally sit down and share with you the story of how the unique BDSM Pillory set was created for your pleasure."

    THE WOODEN CASE
    From the outset, it was our goal to create a complete set, that meant we had to fit everything into one wooden case. Not just any case, it had to look ancient and have strong metal rims on the sides. We tried using solid iron rims, but it turned out to be so heavy that we had to let the idea go. Then we tried for weeks to make the rims of the box look like old iron, about 40 failed attempts later we finally achieved the perfect color combination. We took the first sets to the Venus 2017 Convention in Berlin and waited for the responses of the attendees. Over the course of the several days we displayed at the Venus Convention, not one person guessed that it was actually hand-painted, everyone thought that it was real old iron.

    Aging is important in the set. Even the case ages further over time. Within four weeks of unboxing the BDSM set, the case will age considerably given enough contact with UV light. That further aging increases the charm and deepens the style of the case in the same way a good patina beautifies antiques.

    We are not interested in ugly products and the team here realized two main requirements needed to be met. Not only did the case have to hold the large wooden pillory, the flogger, the paddle, the blindfold and almost 10KG of chains and fittings, it also had to look so good that customers would be happy put this piece of art into their living room. We didn`t want the Pillory Set ending up hidden away in a closet or stashed under the bed. It needed to look and feel so good that it could be placed freely in the house or apartment, it had to look astonishing. And it does.

    BUILDING THE BDSM SET FOR EVERYONE
    When designing the BDSM set, we did a lot of research on the different sizes for wrist, hand and neck inlays of other pillories available on the market. It became clear to us that there was no manufacturer out there that provided a solution for the dilemma of the differing diameters of wrist-, foot- and neck-sizes. We found a few manufacturers that offered custom made hole sizes in the pillories. The problem is that once you have drilled the holes to a certain diameter it might only fit one person. Lodbrock wanted a pillory set that fits women and men. For most men, the larger standard holes will work, but for women with smaller wrists the holes are just too big. People with smaller wrists would be able to pull their hands out and that is something that we definitely wanted to avoid.

    We came across crazy improvisations from amateurs on the internet who were using Play-Doh to decrease the diameter of the holes. Some people used additional handcuffs on the wrists to make sure that the slave couldn't remove their hands - an ugly makeshift solution that just destroys the intimate atmosphere. Everything needs to please both aesthetically and functionally and thus enhance the sexual atmosphere of play sessions.

    It was important to use real leather for the hand, wrist and neck inlays. The question was how we could design it so the inlays could be removed or added swiftly within seconds. For that purpose, we installed 4400 Gauss magnets into the wood. The leather inlays have a fine metal strip hidden inside that stick firmly to the magnets inside the wood. Now all women and men can use the pillory regardless of the size of their wrist, ankles or necks.

    THE BLINDFOLD

    We asked ourselves what kind of blindfold would have been used in medieval times and came up with a very spartan design that utilizes leather tassels. The leather tassels allow the blindfold to be tied tightly regardless of the head size. Of course, the blindfold is made from genuine leather tanned to a fitting tone.

    THE FLOGGER
    A flogger was needed that actually represents medieval times. There are hundreds of flogger designs on the market, but none truly represent the Middle Ages following the fall of the Western Roman Empire. For the right sting on impact, the flogger uses double-layered PU leather in a horse-tail arrangement. The flat lashes are attached to a wooden handle and the entire design is very minimalistic.

    THE PADDLE
    It is a flexible paddle with a distinct medieval styling. It is made with a memory metal core so it resumes its` original shape. The core is then padded and wrapped in genuine leather. One side is smooth and the other side has metal rivets in it. The handles are made out of cedar, attached to the steel core.

    THE CHAINS
    After looking at what is available on the market it became clear that most of the BDSM suppliers out there are using cheap zinc coated chains -the ones you can buy at Home Depot or your local hardware store. The problem with these chains is that they are shiny, look very cheap and don`t look historical at all. The same goes for the connectors other manufacturers use, which are mostly cheap shoddy carabiners and totally unfitting to the pre-Renaissance period. The solution was to make our own toolings for forging Lodbrock chains and bow shackles. The chains need to be anodized deep black: sexy heavy chains that look great and can securely bear a massive amount of weight.

    The BDSM Pillory Set includes two 1,8 meter chains and two chain triangles which allow the pillory to be used both vertically and horizontally. The chains are extra-long to compensate for variable ceiling heights. The lower you hang the pillory the more play options you have.

    THE PILLORY  ITSELF
    We purchased several pillories available on the market and reviewed them. In a nutshell, we just saw cheap wood hammered together with three holes in it with cheap hinges that snapped once a little bit of stress was placed upon it -ugly and unsafe. There was neither fantasy nor quality present yet they were considerably overpriced for products lacking craftsmanship. Most of the reviewed pillories didn’t even have any metal hooks on them, which means you can only use them free style. It was important to us to give our customers as many play positions as possible. The Lodbrock pillory can be used both in a vertical and in a horizontal way and at a variety of heights or depths. For that very reason, we custom moulded the 4 steel D-rings which are attached to the ends of the pillory. In combination with the chains and the specially made chain whip, also provided in the set, there are now many possible positions for you to adopt in your intimate play sessions.

    WHAT IS NEXT
    We are currently working on expanding the Schlossmeister kinky line with additional unique products. I expect that we will soon launch our revolutionary modular St. Andrew`s Cross - a modular design that allows you to change color and style within minutes.

    Please remember our products are made for pleasure, play safe at all times and with the consent of all people involved.

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