Bunswitcher is a craftsman and long-time participant in the BDSM scene. As a “switch”, his ambition has been to build a spanking bench that would provide an ideal spanking experience for both the spanker and the spankee. His designs have been evolving over a period of years and began with the well-known and beloved Green Monster benches, so named because they were painted green. The Spankmeister is the latest development in this evolution.
An ideal spanking bench should be very comfortable and supportive, so that the spankee is not distracted from the spanking experience by pressure points and stresses that have nothing to do with the actual spanking. It should present the buttocks attractively and make them fully accessible, which the all-fours position does. However, the usual all-fours position places the buttocks down low, forcing the spanker to bend over to reach them and interfering with an easy and accurate aim. The Spankmeister solves that problem by positioning the spankee on all fours but raised well up off the ground, with the buttocks almost level with a comfortable arm position.
Almost all spanking benches provide some form of bondage. The Spankmeister includes restraints at five locations: behind the knees, at the calves, around the waist, at the head, and at the wrists. The effect of these restraints is to immobilize the spankee almost completely. Although some wriggling is possible, it does not interfere with the accurate placement of the strokes but merely acts as an entertaining provocation for the spanker.
A well-designed spanking bench should provide easy access not only to the buttocks but also to the back, breasts, and genitals. The Spankmeister's restraining straps are placed so that the back is completely unobstructed except for a single strap at the waist. Unlike most spanking benches, the hips are supported separately from the shoulders and head, with a gap in between that leaves the breasts hanging down and fully accessible. No matter how the spankee struggles, he or she cannot tuck them in or otherwise prevent the spanker from doing whatever the spanker wishes with them. An indentation in the hip support provides excellent access to the genitals.
Although the Spankmeister is primarily designed for spanking, it does have other uses. It is particularly suitable for tickle torture and rear-end play of every variety. Because the feet are well immobilized and the soles are easily accessible, it also works well for bastinado and other forms of foot play.
Spankees, of course, come in all shapes and sizes. The Spankmeister is adjustable over a wide range in order to accommodate different body dimensions. There are six separate adjustments: the distance between the head support and the hip support, the height of the head support, the distance from the shoulder support to the head support, the height of the hip support, the leg spread and angle, and the distance from the shoulders to the handbar to which the restraining wrist cuffs are anchored. The most critical adjustment, the distance between head and hips, is very easily achieved by loosening four knobs, moving the headrest base to the desired position, and tightening the knobs. Other adjustments are obtained by moving pins or bolts from one hole to another or by loosening and tightening wing nuts.
It is often desirable to move bondage furniture from one place to another or to store it in a closet. The Spankmeister and its predecessors were all designed to be easily assembled and disassembled, with no tools needed. The pieces are connected using carriage bolts and wing nuts. Assembly of the Spankmeister by a single person usually takes about 25 minutes, disassembly about 20 minutes (less with help, of course). In its disassembled form, the Spankmeister fits in an ordinary car trunk; the base frame, which is the longest piece, is 40 inches long. Because of their portability, Bunswitcher has been able to bring his spanking benches to many BDSM events.
The bench is constructed mostly of pine and fir, stained and varnished. The knee rests are heavily padded and angled inward. When the restraining straps are properly adjusted, the effect is to cushion and cradle the knees and lower legs. The front surface of the hip support is angled back, rather than straight, so that the edges follow the contours of the inner thighs. The effect is to create a slight but not uncomfortable pressure on the inner thighs that many spankees find to be erotic.
The shoulder support is fairly narrow, front-to-back, and almost V-shaped. The reason for the narrowness is that for most women the distance from the top of the shoulder to the top of the breasts is short, and it is desirable that the shoulder rest not prevent the breasts from fully hanging down. The shoulder support and head support are separately upholstered but mounted on a common base.
The U-shaped head support cradles the head, producing a sense of visual isolation. That sense is reinforced by the head cover, made of lycra spandex and fastened at all four corners. The rear fastening straps go around the back of the neck and the front fastening straps go over the forehead. The effect is to hold the spankee's head firmly in place and prevent it from rising should the spankee be struggling vigorously.
The padded handbar is mounted on the post under the headpiece. Custom-made wrist cuffs with velcro closures are fastened securely to its ends. (These cuffs are also available separately.) The handbar provides a place for the spankee to grip. Its position can be adjusted by moving it up or down the post.
The upholstery is black vinyl and thickly padded to provide excellent and comfortable cushioning. The straps are nylon webbing with quick-release buckles. The nylon webbing provides continual adjustability, an advantage over leather straps for which the available holes limit the adjustment points.
The post underneath the hip support features an attached small semicircular steel loop that can serve as an anchor point for a rope or cord attached to the genitals or to genital jewelry.
The bench includes a separate platform that normally is placed between the knee supports. The platform makes it easier for the spankee to enter or exit the bench, and also enables the spanker to be positioned at a good height for getting “up close and personal” with the spankee.
Most of the hardware consists of 5/16" bolts in three different lengths together with washers and wing nuts. A convenient storage bag for the hardware is provided.
The Bench Disassembled
Closer Rear View
Rear View with Platform
Head and Shoulder Supports
The price of a Spankmeister bench is $1000. When no benches are currently available, a $100 deposit will reserve your place in the queue. Delivery can be arranged for points within a two-hour driving distance of Bunswitcher's home in Western Massachusetts for a flat fee of $75 (that includes much of the Boston area). Benches can be shipped to anywhere in the US; shipping costs for Eastern locations are typically around $80 and for Western locations around $140.
Spankmeister spanking benches are individually built, so availability may vary. Older models are available at reduced prices from time to time. A premium version of the bench, made with laminated hardwoods and employing brass and bronze hardware, can be specially ordered at a cost of $1800.