FROM THE BLOG

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


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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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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