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July 17, 2016

 

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In many Low country homes, a joggling board is a front porch stable. Inspired by this simple symbol of the South, an Atlanta couple created a company that specializes in hand-crafted joggling boards.

What’s a joggling board: A long, pliable wooden board supported by a frame on each end. When you sit on it, it jiggles – sending sitters closer to the middle — and each other. The boards were once referred to “courting benches,” where young couples would sit and get to know each other.

The founders/designers (pictured above): Matt and Mary Nelson Barnett met at the University of Georgia. After college, the couple married and moved to Atlanta, where Mary Nelson is an interior designer and artist and Matt is a marketer and product developer. When a relative in Atlanta couldn’t find a joggling board she liked, it gave the couple the idea to design their own.

The company: Atlanta-based Oyster Creek Trading, founded in May 2015, creates  joggling boards in three sizes. The strong boards, which can be used indoors or out, are made on Edisto Island and finished in Atlanta.

What’s popular: The 14-foot-long joggling board in Charleston Green ($549).

Other favorites: The 12-foot ($499) and 16-foot ($649) joggling boards. Stock colors are Charleston Green and Savannah Grey. Custom colors are available for an additional $50.

Fun request: Custom plaques attached to a joggling board, often commemorating an anniversary, birthday, or some other milestone.

Where to buy: oystercreektrading.com. In Atlanta, a jogging board is on display at Onward Reserve, 3072 Early St. NW in Buckhead (onwardreserve.com).

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