Hishi KaroGraydancer got to play host to the awesome feminist rigger Hish Karo (@hishiCarreaux on twitter) and got to speak with her about her experiences studying with Osada Steve, creating a rope space in Vienna with her partner Barkas, as well as general thoughts on the philosophy of rope bondage.

Gray also talks about his upcoming schedule, including the Seattle GRUE and the Kinky SharkTank at Dark Odyssey Surrender.

Direct download: Ropecast20141004.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:25 PM

What? Another interview with a rope maker? Yes, but this one goes far afield. ABMann is a self-identified nerd, introvert, persistent self-improver, Hitchin' Bitches ally, and pen connoisseur. He talks about process, practice, kink, and of course rope in this interview.

You can see ABMann's rope at BunnyRope.com, and read more of his writings at his blog or his tumblr. Wadsworth, the company mascot pictured above, has a pretty hot tumblr as well.

Direct download: Ropecast201400923.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:32 PM

Krakens, Jute Rope Entrepreneurs, Performers, & Partners! 

M0co (that's a zero in the second letter, folks!) and his partner Beemo (aka "Lily") share their interesting journey in rope, power exchange, and the kink community in this honest and touching interview. Learn how a novice rope guy becomes an international bondage entrepreneur, and why he and Lily have a relationship that literally stopped the presses!

 

Direct download: Ropecast20140904.mp3
Category:Ropecast Interviews -- posted at: 6:52 PM

Hedwig has a long and in-depth interview with internationally renowned kinbaku artists Kanna and Kagura.

They cover not only the usual questions about rope training, education, and performance, but also deeper topics such as what goes into an intense rope partnership and Kanna's experience coming out as transgender in the Japanese rope community. They also talk about rope injury, the roots of hojo jutsu, and the fun of "going hard" (semeru).

It is one of the most touching and personal interviews ever put on the Ropecast, and we are immensely grateful to Hedwig, Kanna-san and Kagura-san for sharing it with us. Below is an example of their performance style.

Nawashi Kanna & Kagura performing at the II. Viennese Rope Festival (March2014) from Shibari Dojo Vienna on Vimeo.

In order to preserve the words of the bakushi and model in their own voices, this podcast was produced with minimal editing. Feedback? E-mail Graydancer!

Direct download: ropecast20140817.mp3
Category:Ropecast Interviews -- posted at: 7:28 PM

The Devil's Mask Society is represented in this podcast about getting past peer pressure, judging eyes, and getting back to what rope is about: connection, joy, art, sex, fun, whatever you and your partner choose to make it.

Then, as promised in Graydancer's Newsletter, there is an exclusive announcement from a VERY special guest - that takes Gray completely by surprise!

Direct download: ropecast20140726.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00 AM

There's been a buzz in the rope community in North America recently about the upcoming NARIX event in Ann Arbor, MI November 7-9, 2014. Ben Hart dispels a lot of the mystery but leaves all the excitement with this interview.

You can learn more about NARIX including how to apply for the 2014 event at www.NARIX.org, and also by visiting the Fetlife page (NARIXhost) or reading the group posts there. You can also email them for more information.

If you enjoyed this podcast, consider becoming a Patron of Gray's and support his continued work in both kink and vanilla blogging and podcasting.

You can also subscribe to Kink Academy for a ton of rope tutorials and that will help him put food on the table as well!

Direct download: ropecast20140702.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 1:26 PM

The award-winning authors and energetic sex experts Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson were making their pilgrimage to the Bondage Capital of the World, Madison, WI and Graydancer was able to snag some of their time for an interview. 

While Gray was skeptical at first, Mark and Patricia were clear-spoken, humorous, and down-to-earth with practical explanations of how tantric concepts can relate to kink. Listen and see if you agree: there are definite connections and things to learn from these Partners in Passion!

 

Note: the URL mentioned in the podcast is not correct. Patricia and Mark can be found at http://www.michaelsandjohnson.com/.

Direct download: ropecast20140612.mp3
Category:Ropecast Interviews -- posted at: 2:11 PM

I could try and play it off as a teaser, but the fact is that there was a file mixup and the interview released Friday was more of a fragment. 

Here's the main course! Hedwig asks Naka Akira many frank questions from the efficacy of carabiners to the meaning of kinbaku to what it's really like working with famous photographers like Sugiara Norio.

Listen to a pioneer of rope bondage history speak in his own words!

Direct download: ropecast20140526.mp3
Category:Ropecast Interviews -- posted at: 4:58 PM

One of the most revered bakushi in rope bondage, Naka Akira, gives a rare glimpse into his own history and passion in this short interview. The founder of "Naka-Ryu" talks about how a brush with death gave him greater focus on what he wanted to do in life: beautiful bondage with his brief but inspiring words.

This part of the Ropecast Interview Series was made possible by Hedwig, and we are eternally grateful to her for her support and friendship...

Direct download: ropecast20140521.mp3
Category:Ropecast Interviews -- posted at: 12:38 PM

Lochai, one of Graydancer's first teachers, honors him with an in-person interview where they talk about the good, the bad, and the ridiculous in the world of teaching kink. He outlines his concept on the differences between demonstrations, presentations, and education, and how mixing up the expectations of attendees causes a lot of unneeded grief. Along the way you get a lot of his humor, sarcasm, and more than a little ribbing of Gray during this visit to the Bondage Capital of the World, Madison, WI.

It is regrettable that this interview was not able to be recorded in the sound proof Ropecast Studios, and as a result there is some annoying fan noise that appears in the podcast. By way of apology, the staff of the Ropecast have agreed to take a 50% cut in their salary in order to bring you this episode absolutely free of charge. 

Direct download: ropecast20140314.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:18 PM



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