The following is a list of resources we recommend for safety, knowledge, supplies, and other worthwhile rope related topics:
- Better Bondage By Evie Vane (a print book containing chapters on a variety of perspectives related to being in rope)
- Clover’s Rope Bottom Guide (an informative but brief free PDF covering helpful topics around learning to be in rope and navigate rope safely)
- The Beauty of Kinbaku by Master K (a helpful resource on the history and cultural context of modern Japanese inspired rope)
- Kinbaku Today (a website that posts interviews with high profile rope people, articles on various rope topics, etc)
- Kinbakunomicon (ok this is actually a podcast, but I’m putting it in this section anyway!)
- Japanese Bound – an online archive of all kinds of Japanese rope videos to purchase for streaming/download. Includes instructionals, performances, porn, etc.
- Ropeflix – run by the same people as Japanese Bound, but this is a monthly fee streaming version.
- Wykd Dave’s Youtube: various tutorials and discussion by UK instructor Wykd Dave
- Crash Restraint: articles and tutorials by Topologist of San Francisco
- Remedial Ropes: tutorials and safety information by Shay of San Francisco
- MyNawashi: high quality, affordable, single lengths of jute. This is my top recommendation for new people getting into rope.
- Twisted Monk: a good source for various rope (I like their hemp)
- Reinforced Jute Uplines: a good risk mitigating tool for suspension
- Suspension carabiners: I like these because they’re not larger than they need to be, but they have a nice wide, flat surface for suspension lines. I use these as my main carabiners
- Secondary carabiners: I like these for creating pulley systems, reducing friction at the attachment site on the bottom, or spacing out my point setup.
- Safety shears
- Rigging knife/marlin spike
- Slings for suspension
- Portable Suspension Frames
National Rope Events
- Bondage Expo Dallas: a large annual conference each April in Dallas. 300-400 attendees, national and international presenters, 3 days of classes, performances, play parties
- Ropecraft: a twice annual rope conference with national presenters, performances, and play parties
- NARIX: a twice annual peer to peer rope education and community building event. Location varies. (full disclosure: I’m a steering committee member of this event)