FROM THE BLOG

News relating to Knysna woodworkers, the Knysna forests, elephants 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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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.

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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.

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Site update!

posted on: March 4, 2017

NEW WOODEN BOAT ADDED : ‘Innuendo’

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!

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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.

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