News and events archive

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

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.

{ click here to read more... }

Hobbit Door

December 9, 2016

This Hobbit Door I custom 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.

{ click here to read more... }

Site update!

posted on: August 26, 2017

Thesen & Co. – Knysna’s contribution to the war effort

In 1942, during World War Two, the British Admiralty commissioned Thesen & Co. for the assembly and manufacture of a variety of wooden life boats and other craft including the famous, small wooden Fairmile B Motor Launch submarine hunters.

{click here to


2017 Tree of the Year

March 8, 2017

The Ziziphus mucronata / Buffalo Thorn, Blinkblaar-wag-n-bietjie is an attractive, small to medium size deciduous tree, reaching up to 9 m in height. It produces a fairly dense spreading canopy. These trees are found in a wide variety of habitats, throughout the summer rainfall areas of South Africa, extending northwards into Ethiopia and Arabia.

{ click here to read more... }

Site update!

posted on: March 4, 2017


Many thanks to Andrew Wilford for contributing this interesting article on his experiences in the rebuilding of his Graduate Dinghy.  He offers advice on what to do, as well as advice on what not to do!

{ click here to read more… } 

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.

{ click here to read more... }

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.

{ click here to read more... }

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.

{ click here to read more... }

‘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.

{ click here to read more... }

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.

{ click here to read more... }