Wooden Furniture Manufacturers & Woodcraft

Welcome to Knysna Woodworkers

For the expert manufacture of solid wood furniture and other woodcraft, all custom made and constructed from the finest quality timber. With over 35 years of experience.


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Custom made furniture - various.WOODEN CUSTOM MADE FURNITURE

Makers of both free-standing and built-in furniture.

From solid wood tables, chairs, cabinets, beds, to the design and manufacture of bars and kitchens, and more.

All goods are carefully and individually handcrafted and I select only the best quality timber for use in their manufacture.

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My name is Johan Nel. I’m the founder of Knysna Woodworkers and the primary craftsman, I have over 35 years of experience manufacturing wooden furniture of all kinds and other woodcraft.

I love working with the various woods, whether an indigenous wood or exotic, and the passion I have for woodworking is reflected in everything I make.

(Notably, Johan has been featured before in Timber iQ magazine, a top magazine in the field, showcasing “all about wood.”)

Contact Johan here.


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

Presentation Box for the National Gift to the Miss Universe 2017

November 3, 2017

Having done previous work for Jack Friedman Jewellers, Johan Nel of Knysna Woodworkers was again commissioned, this time to design and craft an extraordinary and special presentation box to showcase the National Gift to the Miss Universe 2017.

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Makes a perfect starter jewellery box for a young lady

Personalised Wooden Gifts – ideas for Quality Gifts

October 26, 2017

Some ideas and inspiration for quality gifts.

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Featuring our Bespoke Furniture Service

October 25, 2017

Still looking for that perfect piece of furniture? Johan Nel of Knysna Woodworkers can make it for you.

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Yellowwood Slabs & Slices

July 20, 2017

Knysna Woodworkers supplied these unique Outeniqua Yellowwood slabs to a Nature Conservation site near Nelspruit. Also known as Kalander (Podocarpus falcatus) -it is a protected tree. This particular tree was cut down in the Diepwalle Forest (just outside Knysna) by SANParks.

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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 made is a 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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Rebuild of 1923 Morgan deluxe 3 wheeler

July 9, 2012

I was given the wonderful opportunity of rebuilding the body of a 1923 Morgan de Luxe three wheeler motor car. This was a daunting task as none of these vehicles were built the same. I had to work off the original blue prints and an existing body that was in itself a rebuild in plywood.

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Yellowwood log staircase

Yellowwood Log Staircase

May 15, 2012

“A customer saw this Yellowwood log and envisioned a staircase for his home in Hanover in the Northern Cape. I was commissioned to design and build this amazing piece. I was allowed to use my creativity to make this happen, but I could only do so as to how the log dictated.” said Johan Nel of Knysnawoodworkers.

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