1/ How thick was it?
2/ How flexible or not was it?
3/ What kind of leather was used (thick? thin? textured? smooth?)?
4/ How was the leather attached? e.g. Was it folded over and stitched on one side or did the stitching go all the way round?
5/ Does anyone have the web address of a site that has a picture of a real ferula?
This and any more information would be most welcome.
This is the only picture of a ferula that I have found so far, it is from M C Customs, but I think it is more of a Greek style ferula, stiff leather rather than having a hard “core” and so do not think that this is the same type of ferula that I want to make.
I have found two vague descriptions so far one from Excerpts From The Book :: Alfred Tolhurst – The Life and Times of a Victorian Entrepreneur that went
“The Jesuits were well known as great disciplinarians, punishment being swift and harsh but usually fair. The weapon used for this was called a ferula consisting of a flat piece of whalebone covered in leather some three inches wide and ten inches long”
and the other from Rhyme And Punishment – CBS News that went
“Our teachers were authorised to hit us with a nasty device called The Ferula. The Ferula is shaped like the sole of a shoe. It’s made of whalebone, covered in leather and – so, we always joked – was manufactured by the Sisters of Mercy.”
I have found many accounts of people receiving the ferula but very little by way of accurate descriptions. I would greatly appreciate any help that anyone could give me on my quest to make an accurate as possible ferula.
If anyone wants to read more about the ferula you can follow the links below
St Ignatius’ College – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Caned Or Strapped/Tawsed On Hands? – Forums
Richard Milward – Telegraph
Goodbye, Mister Thwackum – Arts & Entertainment – The Independent