If you have had the opportunity to visit Charleston, SC, you have probably seen a long backless, kind of funny looking, wooden bench on porches throughout this historic city. Had you the opportunity to sit on one, you would have discovered that this is no ordinary bench. It moves—not in a rocking type motion that one might expect of something with the rocker-shaped runners often found at the bottom of the legs. With a little energy provided by those seated upon it, a bouncing motion results. If you have done this with another person, you will have found that, with continued movement, you and your partner would soon be seated next to each other.
This is the joggle board that seems to be unique to South Carolina. I must admit that I have seen a few on porches and patios in other places, but they always seem out of place. Legend has it that it was designed in Scotland and the plans were sent to C. Kinloch of Acton Plantation for his sister’s use when she came to live with him. She suffered from rheumatism and it was thought that the bouncing motion would simulate a ride in a carriage which would provide a form of gentle exercise for her.
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Later, the joggle board became known as a courting bench. According to local legend, having one on your front porch would ensure that you would never have an unwed daughter. A couple who might be interested in one another would sit on opposite ends of the bench, joggle, and ultimately, would end of sitting next to each other. The closeness of the couple would encourage an intimacy not allowed otherwise.
Most joggle boards are constructed of a flexible wood, usually southern yellow pine. Painted in the famous “Charleston Green” paint that was often used on shutters, doors, and porch floors, the joggling bench has become instantly recognizable. Typically between 14 and 16’ long, one joggle board can seat over 10 people. Whether you sit alone, with that special someone in your life, or with a crowd, a joggle board makes a unique statement in any outdoor living area and will have everyone’s attention.
Have you ever heard someone say that something “wears like iron”? The meaning is clear—that iron is a material that is heavy-duty and stands up to the test of time and, in the case of outdoor furniture, the test of Mother Nature. Many of us grew up with wrought iron patio furniture that our parents bought and kept for what seemed a lifetime. In fact, many of those wrought iron sets have made their way onto our patios and into our care today.
One of the names that stands out in the world of wrought iron furniture . . . → Read More: Woodard Furniture, Always Classic
Take your bed outside! A comfortable place to nap outside is high on the list of things we want in our outdoor living space. As our awake time is subjected to increasing demands and stimulation from electronic gadgetry, Americans are becoming a nation of sleep deprived people. Napping is a good way to rejuvenate, clear our heads, and energize. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic recommend an afternoon nap be between thirty and sixty minutes in length so as not to interfere with the more important, and longer, night time sleep. All you need to do is create . . . → Read More: Taking the Bed Outside
Enjoying a college football game on one’s patio is one of the joys of autumn outdoor living. Attending the game in person is one of the great joys of college football. So, how do we do both? If you’re a Perdue fan, they’ve got you covered.
Renovation plans are in the works to revamp the Boilermakers’ south end zone but it will be some time before they are completed. In the meantime, the decision was made to remove the existing bleachers and install a temporary patio. 6100 bleachers were bulldozed and the space has been equipped with . . . → Read More: Pigskins and Patios
Outdoor furniture is stepping up its game with a new take on the old picnic table set. What used to be a plank-styled redwood or pine picnic table that came with two (often attached) benches, has become a fashion statement and never, ever called a picnic table any more.
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Picnic tables lost their appeal several decades ago as outdoor furniture styles increased in selection and styling. Not content to sit at a table with uncomfortable backless benches—not to mention on something that more than likely would give you splinters—homeowners . . . → Read More: The Picnic Table Revisited