When I was in primary school we only had to hold out one hand.
I retracted my hand at the critical moment so the tawse continued its downwards trajectory and caught the teacher on her thigh
Let's just say that I haven't repeated that trick since then
Although I never had the tawse at school - I lived just south of the Scottish border where the cane was king - I had five cousins in Scotland, male and female, who were subjected to hand tawsing on a regular basis throughout their school days in the 1960's and early 1970's. They told me that most teachers employed the two-handed presentation method and that it was often the women teachers who belted the hardest. Because of the risk that a miscreant might pull their hand away as the tawse was delivered women teachers who wearing skirts had less protection from stray strokes than men, often used a whicker waste paper basket to place their right foot in during tawsing sessions. If the recipient moved their hand at the last moment the tails crashed into the basket rather than the teacher's leg. I understand that the belt, or tawse, was usually held in the right hand and was draped over the teacher's right shoulder before being brought down rapidly onto the upraised palm of the miscreant.
All of my cousins were regular recipients of the belt throughout their school days and felt that we English kids had it easy getting just a couple of whacks with the cane over our trousered backsides now and again. They said that beltings were a daily occurrence in their schools and that it was rare for a pupil to go a whole term without at least one belting. One of my cousins had a mother, my aunt by marriage, who was a teacher and she had two pair of tawse available for beltings - one for school use and one for home use! She had inherited the home belt from her father who had also been a teacher and there was much debate on whether or not he'd used it on her! In fairness my cousin was very rarely tawsed on the backside at home but he revealed that it was always a pants down affair. His sister seems to have escaped such punishment despite being a very naughty girl.... in my opinion anyway! lol
I have never been tawsed on the hands but I have had a great deal of experience of having my bare backside tawsed. Among the people to tawse me over the years I would include and recommend Mistress Beth who has great skill with the tawse and a fine selection of belts too including Lochgelly style and MC Customs belts. She is a great Mistress to play with – even if she does take some getting to at the moment the effort will be worth it! Cross-country skis might be the answer at present – there’s more snow forecast for second week of January!
The afterglow generated in one’s backside after a severe tawsing is, in my humble opinion, far superior to that provided by a severe caning. And the resulting marks and bruises can last almost as long as those produced by a good caning. There seems to be a greater tightness / swelling of the buttocks from a tawsing and for about three days afterwards there’s a delicious feeling as one sits and is reminded of the thrashing.
I have often thought that I'd like to try hand tawsing as a punishment for wanking. With a mistress belting the palm of my wanking hand before removing my knickers for a severe bottom tawsing. The nearest I ever came to that scenario was with Mistress Kat in Bolton who once tawsed me severely for the imaginary offence of stealing knickers and wanking with them. Part of my punishment session involved me being supervised by Mistress Kat while I masturbated into a pair of frilly knickers before being tawsed on my bare backside for my dirty habits. It might have been interesting to have my wanking hand tawsed before being made to relieve myself into the knickers. Perhaps we can do that next time I visit her!