Treat a loved one to an exclusive handmade wooden box custom made just for them

Welcome to Knysna Woodworkers. My name is Johan Nel and I have over 35 years of experience as a craftsman. Among other things I make luxury wooden boxes of all kinds. These are perfect for a collector and as a unique and high quality gift for a loved one.

Each box is carefully and individually handmade to meet the unique requirements of the client and I select only the finest woods for use in its manufacture.

My workshop is based in Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa, but these goods can be supplied anywhere.

Please peruse my portfolio below and feel free to contact me to discuss a wooden box you would like custom made or for any other custom woodwork you need done.


Just a small selection from my portfolio, to show you the quality of work and for some inspiration. I love working with the various woods, and the passion I have is reflected in all the pieces I make.

While I do carry a standard range of items, some of which are displayed here, most of my work is made to order. I’m able to craft any kind of box for you, from simple to the most complicated, and in any style.

Please scroll down the page and click on a thumbnail image for the zoomed up view.

1) Custom Made Jewellery Boxes

2) Custom Ring Boxes

3) Ring Display Boxes For Jewellers

4) Custom Trinket, Keepsake & Memory Boxes

5) Kruger Rand Boxes

6) Cufflink & Watch Box

7) Handcrafted Pen Boxes

8) Wine Box

With a cut out for the branding.

9) Presentation Box for the National Gift to the Miss Universe 2017

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters took a piece of South African jewellery as the National Gift to the Miss Universe 2017. I designed and crafted the special presentation box that houses it.

10) Miscellaneous

Q: How do I acquire a quotation?

The easiest way is to choose something you like from the list above and then specify any unique requirements you may have, such any size, shape and colour or wood preferences.

Alternatively, I can make something completely unique for you. In that regard, I will require drawings or pictures that are similar to the item you want created.

Any design is possible – if you can imagine it, I can make it for you.

NOTE — If you aren’t sure yet of what you want specifically, I can assist by making suggestions and showing you more ideas based on your individual needs and help you arrive at the best solution.

Once I have a clear idea of what it is you want, I will submit a formal quotation to you along with the time it will take for me to complete the manufacture of your item and the shipping arrangements.

Personalise Your Wooden Box

To further personalize your gift, ask us to laser engrave. This adds a nice touch to an already special gift.

Example of Laser Engraving


For a truly special and quality gift, have a custom wooden box made.

Again, please feel free to contact me to discuss your needs and I can help you arrive at a solution.

Knysna Woodworkers will be open throughout the holiday season.

Johan Nel

Tel: 073 394 0057


Physical Address:
32 Waenhout Ave, Knysna Industrial,
Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa

NOTE: I share premises with NST Construction. There are entrances from both Waenhout Ave and from at the end of Hadeda Str. The easiest access to my workshop itself is from Hadeda Str. right at the end.