Custom woodworking services @ Knysna Woodworkers

My name is Johan Nel and I am a master woodworker and craftsman with over 35 years of experience. From bespoke woodworking, custom furniture and fittings, doors, staircases, handcrafted boxes to some highly original woodcraft, and more. I craft anything from wood.

While my business is based in Knysna, South Africa, along the beautiful Garden Route, I’m able to supply clients all over South Africa and even to most places worldwide.


Custom made furniture including tables, chairs, desks, various cabinets, beds, headboards, to entire kitchens, bars, pubs, and more – I craft any kind of wooden furniture.

Click here for my custom built furniture portfolio.


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

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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Excerpt from Fair Winds by Mary Kuttel

November 25, 2014

“… I have left the pages of Fair Winds in their entirety as they are a wonderful glimpse into a sailing age that will not be seen again. The book itself is a fascinating account of early competitive sailing in the Cape and well worth finding…”

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I was charged by an elephant in the Knysna Forest

September 2, 2014

For the last 10 years or so I’ve made a mission gathering info about the few remaining elephant of the Knysna forest.

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