- Author: Carol Wirth
Last Christmas, Santa dropped a joggling board on the porch for my two sons ages 5 and 7. The joggling board was painted in its traditional Charleston green and blended right in with the porch furniture.
Like many of you reading this post now, I had no idea what a joggling board was. Was it a ‘jog-ing’ board as my 7 year old referred to it? That seemed likely. Or a ‘joplin’ board? Don’t know what that would be, but the term seemed more appropriate.
No, it’s joggling. Joggle: to move shakily or jerkily. A joggling board is a long piece of wood measuring 10 to 16 feet long that is suspended by two wooden stands at either end that are constructed like rockers.
It’s wide enough to sit on, or serve cake.
The joggling board was originated in South Carolina in the early 1800s from a model sent from Scotland, supposedly with exercise in mind. It’s been said it was a sign of friendship to invite someone to sit on your joggling board for a visit on the porch. The board is typically made of pliable Southern pine, so you can bounce on it. And you can stand on it and rock side to side.
Santa told us he used some Low Country elves at to help supply our timeless porch furniture.
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