Woodworking services — Knysna Woodworkers

Need a master woodworker? You have come to the right place! My name is Johan Nel and I am a master wood craftsman with over 35 years of experience.

For details on particular services I offer, please click here or on the Services & Portfolio link.

Essentially anything you need crafted from wood I am able to do, and I get tremendous satisfaction in meeting the requirements set by the discerning client.

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.

Recent news and events


‘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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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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Close encounters with Hylton Herd

January 15, 2013

These photographs of the very illusive Knysna elephant/elephants, were taken by Hylton Herd, of Hylton Herd Photography while with the Scientific Services Team at SANParks.

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2012 Wooden Boat Show

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

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.

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