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The Banqueta: A traditional Working Seat


[This a typical banqueta, found at many countryside houses.]

This a typical banqueta, found at many countryside houses.


[A sideview of our banqueta.]

A sideview of our banqueta.


[This is how the bottom part of the banqueta looks like.]

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.]

The banqueta is generally used for performing household tasks such as separating corn grains from the ears.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2014-03-25

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.


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