Joggling Board

So I just found out that Joggling is a sport. One jogs and juggles. I am assuming that success is based on style, flair, distance, and other technical criteria that I, as a non-joggler, would struggle to understand fully. All of that aside, I discovered this sport while researching something equally obscure and possibly regional. Its called a Joggling Board and it is an old piece of furniture that seems to have a new and perfect place in modern society.

As a teacher, I have often noticed that sitting still, while not zoned out on a screen, is rare. There are research studies and all kinds of stuff talking about the benefits of movement, fidgeting, and other stuff in the classroom. I am not passing judgment on all of this but commenting on how suited this odd piece of furniture is to our modern lives.

If you are not familiar with a joggling board here is the Wikipedia’s entry (so apparently even English teachers are resigned to this site’s place in society):

According to one South Carolina legend, the first joggling board was built in the early 19th century at Acton Plantation, which was located in the “Midlands” of South Carolina, near Stateburg in Sumter County; it is maintained that it was constructed with reference to the design of a model shipped to the plantation owner’s sister by relatives at the family estate of Gilmerton House in Scotland, and originally developed for exercise purposes.[1][2][5]

The exercise that is mentioned seems to reference the fact that it is bouncy, but I also discover that many designs also flip the feet over resulting in a board that not only bounces but swings from side to side. Get out your Dramamine cause we’re going joggling.

Image of a joggling board.
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We stumbled on all of this watching TV and slowly fell down the rabbit hole. My wife didnt really know what she was getting when shie jokingly said she would commission one. We dont even have a wrap-around portch or a southern plantation. I found some plans and referenced some pictures and came up with an easy design. The design was flexible enough so I could use some reclaimed wood, (Sounds fancy but reclaimed in this case just meant some pressure treated stuff someone was going to throw out.) and within a couple class blocks we had a finished prototype.

This one will live in my wifes art classroom after a brief tour of the public areas at my school. If it is well received it will be added to the project rotation for students to research and build in class. It might even make its way into the catalog of items that folks can commission from the students.

Image of build progress.
Notice the rocker?
Build progress image
No this is not a beach game involving balls on ropes.


Detail of joints
Joinery Detail. If this becomes a student project I may have them attempt a half lap or a tenon joint.