The Banqueta: A traditional Working Seat
This a typical banqueta, found at many countryside houses.
A sideview of our banqueta.
This is how the bottom part of the banqueta looks like.
The banqueta is generally used for performing household tasks such as separating corn grains from the ears.
Banqueta is the name given to a low and crude seat commonly seen at houses in the countryside of Panama. It is made of five pieces of wood: Two of them, joined at an obtuse angle, form the seating plataform. Two more pieces serve as legs and the fifth serves as a beam that lends additional support. The height of the banqueta is never higher than a foot.
You should never confuse a banqueta with a banquillo or stool. The banquillo is a taller seat with a circular, rectangular or square seating surface.
The banqueta is used for many activities such as peeling corn ears and then separating the grains from the ear, sharpening machetes with a special stone and milling coffee with a traditional manual mill.