News and events archive

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


The Spearhead – a tribute to Bill & Bryan Siebrits and Vixen no. 130

May 20, 2015

One of the most successful Knysna Spearheads in the 1960’s was “Vixen no. 130” sailed by Bill and Bryan Siebrits. “Vixen no. 130” came 2nd to Dave Denley in a very competitive fleet in the 1964 National Regatta at Saldanha Bay.

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Origins of the Redwing Dinghy

November 25, 2014

“Delighted to pick up your entry on the National Redwing Dinghy site. I have known of the RCYC’s Redwing from Mary Kuttel’s entertaining history of the club from Fair Winds at the Cape for some time, but not that the design had been adopted in Knysna…

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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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