(Care, light wipe over with damp cloth, keep lightly oiled, English Goddard’s products are the best available and contain bee’s wax. Over time the bees wax will protect the outer surface and gives an aged appearance. All wooden items should have an exterior coating. Do not seal the surface. It is important not to let canes go dry or they will split (some like to keep them in linseed oil, boiled is slightly more expensive but does not stain clothing as much as raw oil does).
Make sure that the end of the cane is rounded and do not use if dry or split. Do not use anything containing silicone on wooden implements. As with all implements, wipe with a mild disinfectant after use. Avoid hitting hard objects such as desk tops. Over time, canes will revert to their natural shape. These bends may be forced out by applying pressure with the thumb as the cane is held in the hand. Keeping canes in bundles with rubber bands or plastic coated wire ties (polish and oil can attack rubber bands) will help to keep them straight. Store in a dry place, but do not allow to dry out. A ventilated bathroom will give the right level of humidity.)
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For many, the cane is the symbol of corporal punishment. Canes are made from bamboo and synthetic materials. They are made in a variety of sizes, some have handles. The most common handle is the crook handle which was used to allow the cane to be hung on a hook. A cane can be an awesome weapon.
They must be brought down parallel to the bottom or the end may bruise the skin, leaving ” tip ” marks. Canes are also called ” the stick ” or ” the rod “.
The most popular caning position is the bending over position but it can be used in other positions, particularly lying (see POSITIONS ).
(From : SPANK MY BOTTOM .)
Cane stock comes from Southeast Asia.
Several varieties are used, Kaboo is preferred as it is both flexible and strong.
Rattan is the most common type of cane stock :
The cane replaced the birch in England from the mid 1800’s. The Victorians liked a style called ” Dragoon ” locally, which is more rigid than ordinary rattan. It has a feel which is a cross between rattan and oak dowel rod.
Most canes are around 3/8 ths of an inch thick and from 30 to 40 inches long. The English like to use canes up to 48 inches long (the longer they are, the greater the impact, but also the harder to use). Thin canes sting but do not make much noise. Canes are held from the thicker end of the taper.
One of the reasons that the cane is so effective is that the force of the impact is absorbed by a small surface area.
(Comparison with a paddle.)
A good cane is flexible.
Traditionally strokes are given in batches of 6.
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Switches, feather dusters and dowel rods have the same general chacteristics as canes, although they are made from wood or synthetic materials.