Bespoke Custom Made Doors | Wooden Door Maker

Looking for a custom made wooden door? Johan Nel of Knysna Woodworkers can make one just for you.


  • Truly bespoke, with doors carefully handmade according to your individual needs: custom built and tailored according to any size, type and design you could want – internal and external doors, standard, round and arched doors, from rustic to clean modern designs, anything in between, to something completely unique, even something straight out of a movie!
  • Manufactured to the highest standards from the finest quality solid wood of your choosing. (Note that if you aren’t sure which wood to pick, Johan can advise based on your colour and texture preferences. And under what environmental conditions the door will be placed.)
  • The workshop is based in Knysna, South Africa, but doors can generally be supplied anywhere.


Selected items just to give you a good idea of the quality and range of work. Please click on a thumbnail image below for the zoomed up view.


These “Hobbit” replica round doors Johan is most well known for.

* Notably, the Afromosia Hobbit door was featured in Timber iQ magazine, April-May 2016 issue 25.


Johan makes other doors too, all shapes and sizes, straight and arched, for inside and outside use and in various styles. In fact, any size and any design is possible – if you can imagine it, Johan can make it for you.

All doors are built to be both beautiful and durable.


Hi there. My name is Johan Nel. I’m the founder of Knysna Woodworkers as well as the craftsman.

I will be personally crafting your dream door, just the way you want it.

I have over 40 years of experience manufacturing all kinds of custom wooden furniture, doors, and various other wood craft. I can make anything from wood and the love and passion I have for woodworking is reflected in everything I make.

(Notably, Johan has been featured numerous times in Timber iQ magazine, a top magazine in the field, showcasing all about wood. Highlights include one of Johan’s famous “hobbit door” replicas and the beautiful rustic furniture he made for the popular Featherbed restaurant in Knysna.)

My contact details are below.


Please feel free to contact me and we can discuss any door that you need custom made.

If you aren’t sure yet of what you want specifically, I can assist by making suggestions and showing you many more ideas based on your individual needs and help you arrive at the best solution.

  • Truly bespoke: All doors are carefully and individually handmade to meet your needs.
  • No project is too big or too small.
  • We have started to offer a laybuy option. Please request laybuy should you need it.
  • These goods can generally be supplied anywhere.

Johan Nel

T: 073 394 0057 / +27 73 394 0057 (GMT+2) / WhatsApp


Physical Address:
10 Waenhout Ave,
Knysna Industrial,
Knysna, 6571
South Africa

IMPORTANT: Please note that we have moved premises and can now be found at the above address.