Here is a nice project that can be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys quite moments in the fresh air. There are many different projects around for porch swings. I loved this one when I first saw it in Rodale's "New Shelter" magazine back in 1982. I made a mental note when I saw it again reprinted in Popular Science's 1985 Yearbook, where this copy comes from.
Cedar or redwood would look very nice and be most suited for outdoor conditions and in keeping with the light elegant look. Avoid pine or spruce, to weak, fir or the hardwoods suggested would also be nice. It would look great hanging on any style porch, or if you prefer, on the lawn hanging from the optional stand.