Knysna to host Woodworkers Festival

Knysna Tourism CEO Shaun van Eck announced that his organisation was proud to be associated with an exciting new festival for Knysna. “The Knysna Woodworkers Festival will not only present a fun and interesting spring activity, it is set to rejuvenate an industry synonymous with Knysna’s history – the timber industry.”

Organiser Johan Nel said that the festival will open at the last weekend in September. “The festival, held in association with Timber IQ, South Africa’s premier magazine dedicated to timber in construction and design, will run from 29 September to 6 October and will include anything and everything you can imagine that has anything to do with wood!”

“The Knysna Woodworkers Festival, in support of SA Epilepsy Cape and Karoo branch, will be launched from the Knysna Yacht Club with a pageant of wooden boats, and includes an exhibition of a number of well known historical wooden boats from the area, said Nel. “With the name GeoParkes being synonymous with the woodworking industry, Mrs Margaret Parkes, who is an aficionado on local history, will open the festival.”

“The festival then continues at Timber Village in Knysna’s Welbedacht Lane, with roofed and outdoor stalls, a restaurant serving light meals and snacks, a beer and wine garden, a playground for the young ones and live music.”

“But of course we are all there for our love of wood, and the Knysna Woodworkers Festival will feature a variety of courses, talks and demonstrations presented by experts in their fields,” Nel continued. “In addition we’ll be offering exhibitions, wood sales, an auction of wood related products as well as the Woodcutters’ Museum, displaying old tools and other artefacts on loan from the George Museum. For the month of October the Old Gaol Museum in town will also be hosting a not-to-be-missed exhibition of work created by our local fine woodcraftsmen.”

“While arrangements for the festival are well under way, we invite locals to contact us should they like to rent stall space, present a course, demonstration, talk or exhibit interesting, wood-related material,” said Nel. “We are also looking for anyone who wishes to sell wood, anyone who owns a wooden boat and would like to sail or exhibit it during the festival, or anyone who would like to sell their wooden goods at auction. We also offer advertising and sponsorship opportunities.”

Van Eck said that the festival was stacking up to be a great event. “It is fantastic to be involved with a truly new, innovative festival,” he said. “And what is more, the Knysna Woodworkers Festival celebrates a specific part of our unique history, aims to remind us of our roots and hopes to reignite this once prosperous industry. Knysna Tourism is proud to support the organisers and I urge all residents to do the same – be it by participating in, or by attending any of the fine events lined up.”

For more information on participating in the Knysna Woodworkers Festival, please contact Johan Nel on 073 394 0057, or visit

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