News and events archive

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


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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I was charged by an elephant in the Knysna Forest

September 2, 2014

For the last 10 years or so I’ve made a mission gathering info about the few remaining elephant of the Knysna forest.

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First sighting in many years

January 14, 2014

Cape Town – More information has emerged about the rare sighting of a Knysna elephant – it’s a girl!

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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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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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Researched by Gareth Patterson

June 30, 2012

DNA analysis has revealed the existence of five previously unknown, female Knysna elephants in the southern Cape, South Africa. This discovery provides cautious optimism for the world’s most southerly elephant population.

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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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Oupa’s Yellowwood Tree

May 11, 2012

“I have enclosed three photographs taken on 7 December 2005 when my wife and I were on a visit to Pretoria. My wife, Martha, and I lived there for 18 years until we retired to Knysna early in 2004. My wife was born in Knysna where her parents originated. Whenever my father-in-law visited us there, he used to ask about a cross-section cut from a large yellowood tree that used to be on display in the old Cultural Museum in Boom Street, just next to the entrance to the Pretoria Zoo. However, some years ago this building had been flooded and all the exhibits had been removed and stored in the basements of buildings throughout the city.

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