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‘Hobbit’ Door

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posted on: December 9, 2016

This Hobbit Door 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.

This article was originally published in Timber iQ magazine, April-May 2016 issue 25. It showcases Johan Nel, founder of Knysna Woodworkers when he built a Hobbit door for a client in Canada. { click here to read more about this… }

Angry Elle …

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posted on: June 22, 2015

Knysna News- 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. { click here to read more about this… }

‘Al Malika’ due to return home

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posted on: 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. { click here to read more about this… }

The ‘Al Malika’ – adding to her history

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posted on: May 29, 2015

Many thanks to Anne Dornan for this interesting piece of personal history on the ‘Al Malika’ – the Sultan’s Queen { click here to read more about this… }

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

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posted on: 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. I remember sailing “Con Brio” and dicing with Colin Mathieson in “Anitra” just behind them! { click here to read more about this… }

Origins of the Redwing Dinghy

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posted on: 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.  From a visit to the RCYC’s archivist Robin Farlan it seemed that all their Redwings had disappeared save possibly one that may have been up at the battery.  I was overjoyed therefore to see that you have a later example still sailing.  I have scanned the relevant pages of Fair Winds (1954 and a bit rare) that refer to the SA boats conception and will attach them separately.  Regards, Mike. { click here to read more about this… }

Excerpt from Fair Winds by Mary Kuttel

posted on: 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…”

Pages 35, 36 and 37 of Fair Winds at the Cape, written by Mary Kuttel, published by A.A. Balkema/Cape Town/Amsterdam (1954) … { click here to read more about this… }

2012 Wooden Boat Show

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posted on: October 29, 2012

The much anticipated Wooden Boat Show took place at the Knysna Yacht Club on Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30 as part of the 2012 Knysna Woodworkers Festival.  Please also view the video taken at the event.
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2012 Knysna Woodworkers Festival

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posted on: October 29, 2012

The first annual Knysna Woodworkers Festival took place from 29 September to 6 October 2012, and judging by the visitors and participants’ reactions, was a resounding success.  Please also view the video taken of the event. { click here to read more about this… }

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