Ever wonder how top-of-the-line, hand-crafted wooden spanking paddles are designed and created? Ever sought out advice on how to sort out the best, coolest and most awesome paddle for your cherry-reddening needs?
Well, all shall be revealed in this exclusive interview with master woodworker “Kitty” from Kitty’s Exotic Paddles, who creates some of the finest, heirloom-quality spanko implements by using top-notch, and often exotic and rare woods, along with an artist’s eye and a spanko’s heart.
Utilizing exotic woods such as Bolivian Rosewood, Olivewood, Redheart, Bocote, Ziricote, Bubinga and many more, Kitty certainly helps creates a unique, memorable, and very stingy(!) spanking experience, with implements that are both practical and beautiful. And surprisingly affordable.
Thanks so much Kitty for taking the time to chat with the Cherry Red Report! So how did you get into the paddle making/woodworking biz?
Well, I used to restore antique furniture, so I have a background in working with wood. I went to my first Shadowlane party with my then boyfriend, now husband, and saw the paddles that were on sale. I said this stuff is awful, I could do better than this. He said well, if you think you can, then you should do it, so Kitty’s Exotic Paddles was born 🙂
Awesome. I so dig the exotic, stunning woods you utilize for your products–how and where do you locate these beautiful, and rare woods and grains?
I literally buy from all over the world. I deal with growers in Australia and South America as well as dealing with importers as well. Some of the woods I use are rare, but are being commercially grown. Many of the species I deal with are pretty common, however the wild grain patterns are much harder to find.
Yes, the woods I buy are definitely more expensive than the normal domestic woods most paddles are made from. Some of the woods I buy are very expensive. I’ve paid hundreds of dollars for one piece of wood. It’s worth it to me because the more unique the wood, the more joy I get from working it.
So it all comes down to, in a nutshell, wood coloration and grain patterns, correct?
For the most part, you are correct. The nutshell contains wood density, coloration, grain pattern, and stability.
Can you list off some of the rare woods you typically use? I’ve never heard of most of them, it seems i.e. Australian leopardwood….bocote….etc…..
The rarest woods I’ve had the honor of working with are Blue Mahoe and Pink Ivory. Another wood that I absolutely love and am working with the grower to import more is Australian Beefwood. I have a piece of that currently that I will be making a paddle from soon. This wood is unique in that the grain has almost a snake scale type appearance.
Australian Leopardwood and Australian Canarywood are woods I use often, they are not uncommon, just uncommon in the paddle making business. Cocobolo is more common but I always purchase the wild pieces. For instance I have a piece of ‘bee’s wing’ cocobolo that will be made into a paddle soon. This figuring in cocobolo is extremely rare. I try to keep a wide range of wood weights and colors in stock to satisfy the widest variety of individuals.
What’s your favest wood to work with and why?
I don’t have a favorite wood to work with, I love pretty much all the woods I use. I’m selfish in that if I don’t like a wood or I find it boring, it becomes torture to sit and work it, when I could be working on something so much more beautiful. Each new piece is a new adventure, they all have their own character.
How come you don’t make an actual hairbrush, with bristles and such, using your luscious woods? I think that would be super cool if you did.
I checked into that actually. The problem is, I believe that beautiful exotic woods deserve the best bristles and ones that are inserted directly into the wood rather than a pad of plastic bristles glued on. It would become too expensive for me to invest in all of the tools needed to produce the brushes. Maybe some day, if I find used but still serviceable equipment 🙂
If I may ask, are you primarily a spankee or a Top or ?
I am primarily a bottom, though I can and have topped.
Not life long, but longer than I care to remember back to.
I’m reading on your website about your sanding techniques, and how it differs from other paddle and implement makers–can you explain how that all works, and how your paddles differ in that regard–your sanding process? and the slight “pillow shape” and rounded edge your paddles feature as well?
The paddles were all designed using Autocad. We designed the handle so that it would not slip out of the user’s hand. The paddles are designed to balance well in the hand and not cause discomfort (for the user). All of our paddles are given a slight pillow shape, this ensures that the middle part of the paddle contacts the bottom before the edge of the paddle.
Edges cause the most skin breakage and bruising. Along that same line, we make sure there are no hard edges on the paddle, all corners are rounded and eased. Most paddle makers sand down to a 220 grit sandpaper, then lacquer the paddle. We start at a 120 paper on our belt sander, then move to a 220 on our belt sander, this is to do our initial shaping and rounding. From there, we move to our hand held sanders.
We start with 220 grit, them move to a 600 grit, then to a 1500 grit. We change to our sponge sanders and go from 2,000 grit to 4,000 grit before finally moving to a polishing wheel. Once the paddles have gone through all the sanding (this takes hours), the paddle is oiled and rubbed down, left to sit for a while, then oiled again and rubbed down.
The next day the paddle is rubbed down again and it is ready for sale. We do not use laquer on our paddles, the shine you see is the natural shine of the wood itself. We also do not use stains, we let the natural beauty of the wood speak for itself.
I believe some of your products are used by top celebs in the spanko scene?
Yes, my creations are used by many of the video producers here and in the UK, as well as many professional dominants of both genders. The video producers use them because the shape and sanding technique means their models can spend more time in front of the camera and less time nursing bruises and such.
Any advice, briefly speaking, for a spanko looking to build up their implement collection?
Well now, I could just say “buy more paddles” 🙂 but really: Here is my suggestion. Play with different types of implements with people that know how to use them correctly. I’ve seen so many people turned away from paddles because some twit smacked them hard with one right from the get go.
I will always maintain that it’s not the implement so much as it is the person swinging it. There are different levels of play that suggest the use of different severity of implements. Find out what your level is, talk to people that are more experienced, try different things.
When people contact me, I try to find out what feeling they want to get from the paddle, from their answer, I will be able to tell them what shape and wood density would best match what they are looking for.
Any implement maker should be willing to help in this fashion, if the implement maker is unwilling to help, then you should move on to another implement maker. This is true with any implement, no matter what it’s made of.
What’s your most popular product or product line?
The Fratman Jr is the most popular right now, followed closely by the Angelmaker and the Captain’s Choice.
Do you have a personal favorite?
My favorite is the Fratman Jr, but really, I like all of them, if I don’t like a shape, I delete it from my lineup. We are currently doing a new stringman paddle that will be in the shape of a 1951 Telecaster guitar named Buttercup, and this will be complete with a fancy wood pickguard. I don’t yet know the price or the availability on this one, I’ll keep you posted.
Nice. How many implements do you have in your personal collection?
My personal collection is actually very few. I don’t keep the paddles I make. When I have favorites, someone always talks me out of them. I have one paddle that I’ve had for a long time. This paddle is a natural flame pattern cocobolo fratman. I’ve had people want to buy it, however it has a large inconsistency in it that would make it unfit for spanking purposes.
What’s your most expensive product ever?
My most expensive paddle for the size was a very wild cocobolo stringman paddle. It is currently owned by Dana Specht, it’s up to her if she wants to divulge the price.
Thx so much for your time Kitty! It is a pleasure and an honor.
My pleasure, Mr Cherry Red Person! If you have more questions fire them over 🙂
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