What is Shrew’s Fiddle?
Shrew’s Fiddle is a form of restrictive bondage in which an individual’s wrists are bound in front of the head by a steel bar or hinged board. The board resembles the shape of a violin, hence the name.
Shrew’s Fiddle is originally used as a type of punishment for women in the Middle Age. Women who were caught bickering or fighting were forced to wear a special three-holed board. The traditional design of Shrew’s Fiddle featured two pieces of wood that were fitted with a hinge and a lock that was usually attached at the front. It had one large hole and two smaller holes. The large hole was for the head while the wrists were inserted in the smaller holes.
The practice of Shrew’s Fiddle was usually done to humiliate the wearer. There were times in which a bell is attached to the board to let the people know that someone with Shrew’s Fiddle was approaching. The townspeople then humiliated and mocked the one being punished.
In a BDSM setting, the Shrew’s Fiddle is used to secure the head and prevent movement of the upper limbs. It is commonly used not only to humiliate the wearer but also to reinforce Dominant/submissive roles and facilitate torture.
Dos, Don’ts & Tips
- The traditional Shrew’s Fiddle is made of two pieces of wood. However, the availability of metal and steel nowadays makes it possible to make a Shrew’s Fiddle made out of metal.
- It is usually used as an anchor to other bondages or used together with Partialism Bondages such as Breast Bondage, Hair Bondage, and Leg Ties. It can also be combined with blindfolds and earmuffs for Sensory Deprivation.
- Shrew’s Fiddle is relatively safe if used on its own. However, it might carry some risks if used together with other restrictive bondage.
- A dominant should never leave a bound submissive for an extended period.
- A safeword, as well as a set of rules and limits, can prevent unwanted incidents and unnecessary injuries.
- As with all kinds of bondage, keys should be handy for quick release or EMT shears or scissors for ropes.
Related Fetishes and Practices
Shrew’s Fiddle is a variation of pillory, yoke, or rigid irons. A metal Shrew’s Fiddle is considered as Steel bondage. Other types of D/s equipment include stocks, spreader bar, and ball & chain. These type of bondages is common in Medieval plays, Historic roleplay, Sadomasochism Torture, Interrogation scenes and Master/slave Training.