Chris, Western Australia (July 2020)
Hi emmjay :)
I'm still having trouble articulating my joy on unwrapping the Tamo Ash parcel and even though the paddle tends to 'steal the show' that is for the matching pair both beautiful in their own right.
I think the universe was guiding your hand when you shaped the handle of the paddle. After gingerly admiring it for quite some time, appreciating its shape and form and the amazing way the pattern of the grain seemed to change as it moved, I finally firmly took it in hand as if for its true purpose.
Well it was a perfect fit. So comfortable and as if a continuing growth of the hand itself. It balances beautifully. When I can bring myself to risk it, it will be a delight to use 'for purpose'.
A little larger or smaller or slightly different shape would still have worked fine, but somehow you created practical magic to compliment the magic of your visual imagination.
This piece of wood is so amazing and I absolutely could not be any happier with the way you have brought out its unique character.
None of the vids or pics can do it justice.
Amazingly as it moves and the light lands just-so, it plays with your eyes. It still has the look of folded steel, albeit honey blonde lol, and on the the working face when the light flashes on it the illusion of a true Damascus blade is startling.
I still feel like I haven't described my delight adequately enough.
So many thank-you's
Anu Aureus, New York USA (July 2020)
Miss Emm yet again granted me the opportunity to have another absolutely mind blowing piece added to my collection. I refuse to stop working with Miss Emm because, welp, just look at it.... I SAID ***** LOOK AT IT!!!! A cool lil detail that was tossed in was that it stands upright and retains a balance point for display (this is what u get when u let an artist do their thing btw). People gonna be sorry real quick... I won’t.... Miss Emm thanks a million times over, your work impresses us all.
Anu Aureus, New York USA (May 2020)
Photo courtesy of Anu Aureus.
Some of my favorite ouchie things. Miss Emm is out there killing the wood game. With my purchase I even got a lesson on different wood from all over the world and even weight in grams! Who even does that?! Got taken to school and received an amazing build. Thanks again. You hold a special place in my blackened heart.
amanda, Ohio USA (December 2019)
Mistress MARIUS opened her gifts tonight. She was floored by the beauty of both the sassafras paddle and the canes! Thank you so much for the excellent products. The only thing left now is to try them out soon!
C, Canberra (June 2019)
My new cane arrived yesterday. Very impressive and beautifully crafted. I look forward to using it for the first time this weekend.
David H, Sydney (May 2019)
A pleasure to do business with. The craftmanship is only matched by the passion, warmth and experience emanating from Emmjay's words. Love our purpleheart paddle and canes with purpleheart features and will not hesitate to recommend Emmjay to any other enthusiast or practitioner alike.
Miss Bindikat, Melbourne (June 2019)
Photo courtesy of Miss Bindikat.
I hope you’re well, and thank you for the delicious opportunity to have your cane in my hand. I’ve attached some images from the last purchase I made. By the way, I am thoroughly enjoying using your canes on slaves bottoms, and in training. Be well.
Private admirer, USA (February 2019)
Thank you for shipping the gorgeous paddle. It’s really stunning, and quite fragrant (Japanese figured cedar)! The finish is so beautiful. It’s like a fine heirloom but new. I can’t wait to get another gorgeous paddle from you!
Hallows Eve, Sydney (October 2014)
Dear Miss Emm, I fell in love with one of your Paddles
So I have been meaning to write this for over a year. Every time I tried I would shy away not wanting to expose the fact I have emotions to the web.
Years ago I had a very good friend come to me and say she wanted to show me this idea she had. So interested in what she could have cooked up I told her to come over and show me.
From a bag she had wrapped in a sheet what is now the prototypes of her amazing wooden paddles. I remember asking what wood they were and why she picked them and and going into detail on which ones I liked and what I didn't but why. I remember her asking if I thought anyone would want them, at the time she didn't know I was already eyeing off half the collection.
So off she went with this idea, she showed many more people absorbing ideas and feedback. They went on a test run to a party for more user feedback. From here she took a leap of faith someone would love these creations as much as she did. Only that wasn't enough, she wanted to make them stylish, a talking piece something you wanted to show off. It became more than a paddle it was now a work of art that just happened to kiss many a bottom.
As the interest grew so did her need to make something new something different. So the cane with a piece of wood set into the handle was born. Making the humble cane something just a little different and soooo much easier to hold for long periods of time.
As these items found new loving homes others took their place. New themes, new ideas, new ways of turning the plain wooden paddle into its own style. They are to the point now I have had people come up to me naming the maker her style can spotted across the dungeon room.
One day I was over doing a little window shopping and in the pile of half finished paddles was something that caught my eye. It wasn't a paddle I wasn't normally drawn to yet the colours made me pick it up. Nothing had felt so right as that handle, the look, the feel...this was made for me. In my head I was walking out that door with it and no one was going to stop me.
As the time it wasn't finished. I was ok with it staying but I wasn't giving up, it went overseas, I was mostly ok with that as it never got sold. I had this crazy need to have this paddle because to me it was something special.
This paddle for me wasn't just a work of art, it was a statement of how far my friend had come, how much work and love had gone into each creation. It showed me that while I kept thinking she was peaking and could do no better she would just bring out something new. It humbled me as it showed with a little focus and a lot of passion you can make a moment in time with a piece of wood.
So I wrote to my friend and I told her how much it meant to me, I went on to explain why I thought I would be a good home for this creation. I wanted to keep that moment, I wanted to be able to show people something I saw as a work of art that my friend made.
I wanted one of her milestones.
Mistress Tara, Sydney (June 2012)
When you play as much as I do, things break once in awhile, and so not long ago my beloved wooden paddle broke. Don't ask me how, I have no idea ;-) But I do know how much some of you enjoy specifically a wooden paddle; they feel different from a leather or rubber paddle.
So time to find a new one to add to my collection.
Amazingly, it turned out to be quite difficult to find one. I searched all of the major BDSM retailers and none of them had what I was looking for. Obviously I can order them overseas but a paddle needs to be held, and felt. The weight and finish of a paddle is important and buying from a picture just did not do it for me
After searching and asking around, I found a local (Sydney) artisan named Emmjay who makes the most amazing paddles. All of her pieces are made with love and care and it shows. There were so many to choose from, each individual and with it’s own story. However difficult I managed to make a choice.
My new paddle is made out of a solid single piece of Malaysian Rosewood, showing red heartwood and beige sapwood. It's big, it's heavy and packs a punch.
I also acquired something else, but more about that piece in my next newsletter.