Custom woodworking services @ Knysna Woodworkers

My name is Johan Nel and I am a master woodworker and craftsman with over 35 years of experience.

If you can imagine it, I can make it! From custom made furniture, doors, staircases, handcrafted wooden boxes to some highly original woodcraft, and more, I craft anything from wood.

My workshop is based in Knysna, Western Cape, but most goods can be shipped anywhere.

Custom made furniture - various.


From tables, chairs, desks, cabinets, beds, to entire kitchens, bars, pubs, and more, I craft any kind of furniture.

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News relating to Knysna woodworkers, the Knysna forests, elephants and wooden boats.

2017 Tree of the Year

March 8, 2017

The Ziziphus mucronata / Buffalo Thorn, Blinkblaar-wag-n-bietjie is an attractive, small to medium size deciduous tree, reaching up to 9 m in height. It produces a fairly dense spreading canopy. These trees are found in a wide variety of habitats, throughout the summer rainfall areas of South Africa, extending northwards into Ethiopia and Arabia.

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Site update!

March 4, 2017


Many thanks to Andrew Wilford for contributing this interesting article on his experiences in the rebuilding of his Graduate Dinghy.  He offers advice on what to do, as well as advice on what not to do!

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Intarsia eagle artwork

February 1, 2017

An original Intarsia artwork of the fish eagle measures 3m wide x 1.5m in length. Crafted by Johan Nel.

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‘Hobbit’ Door

December 9, 2016

This Hobbit Door I built is an exact replica of the hobbit’s door as featured in the film ‘Lord of the Rings’, a movie that was adapted from the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, who found his inspiration while living in Hogsback in the Eastern Cape.

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Recent sighting of the Knysna Elephant

April 4, 2016

She really is out there and was spotted recently by a ranger on duty. Yesterday she was spotted by field workers from MTO.

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Angry Elle …

June 22, 2015

An elusive Knysna Forest elephant made his (or her) mark during the night of Wednesday, May 13 when the mighty beast overturned a heavy Bell logger in the Goudveld Forest plantation.

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‘Al Malika’ due to return home

May 29, 2015

A yacht that once belonged to the sultan of Zanzibar has been “rediscovered” in a Knysna boat yard — and is now due to return to its home turf to be restored to its former glory.

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The ‘Al Malika’ – adding to her history

May 29, 2015

Many thanks to Anne Dornan for this interesting piece of personal history on the ‘Al Malika’ – the Sultan’s Queen.

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The Spearhead – a tribute to Bill & Bryan Siebrits and Vixen no. 130

May 20, 2015

One of the most successful Knysna Spearheads in the 1960’s was “Vixen no. 130” sailed by Bill and Bryan Siebrits. “Vixen no. 130” came 2nd to Dave Denley in a very competitive fleet in the 1964 National Regatta at Saldanha Bay.

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Origins of the Redwing Dinghy

November 25, 2014

“Delighted to pick up your entry on the National Redwing Dinghy site. I have known of the RCYC’s Redwing from Mary Kuttel’s entertaining history of the club from Fair Winds at the Cape for some time, but not that the design had been adopted in Knysna…

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