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

Outdoor Tables & Chairs

Rustic Furniture

November 30, 2017

What is Rustic furniture? Rustic furniture is essentially the concept of a design of furniture with a more natural and often rugged look that exists in harmony with the natural environment.

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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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Butcher's Block Table

Featuring my 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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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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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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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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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


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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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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