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Article written by: Martin Hatchuel CPRP

Knysna timber festival frikkie

Two major industry players have signed up to exhibit at this year's Knysna Timber Festival (29 September to 1 October).

“The event will take place as #KnysnaRises after the fires that devastated the Garden Route in June, and we're expecting it to be an awesome and very positive opportunity for everyone who has an interest in timber – professionals, builders, woodworkers, hobbyists, and homeowners alike - to get together, to share ideas, and to inspire one another,” said festival manager Picca de Bruin.

“The Timber Festival will go ahead at our traditional venue - Timber Village in Welbedacht Lane - which was completely ruined in the fires, but which is currently being rebuilt.

“And while we're obviously deeply aware that the old sheds are no longer there, the indoor exhibitions at the Festival have always taken place in separate marquees that we've always erected specifically for the expo.”


Ms. de Bruin said that two of the country's biggest importers and suppliers of woodworking power tools and accessories – Strand Hardware and Vermont Sales - have between them booked all the available floor space in one of the Festival's two marquess.

“Strand Hardware www.strandhardware.co.za distributes a wide range of woodworking machinery, power tools and accessories, woodturning lathes and turning and carving tools, and items for hobbyists like pen kits, and clock movements – while Vermont Sales www.vermontsales.co.za supplies well-known brands like Tork Craft power tool accessories, Alpen drill bits, Pro-Tech router bits, Festool power tools, Kreg Tool specialist jigs, clamps, and pocket-hole machines, and many others,” she said.


The second marquee will house a varied mix of furniture manufacturers like Fechters of Knysna, JB Furniture Manufacturers, and Touw Meubels; artists like Lyn Beaton and Brandon Perkus; timber suppliers like Rarewoods; timber builders like T&B Log Homes; and specialist suppliers like Fixtec (which sells fasteners for the wood industry), Huidtjies vir Bytjies, which makes and sells natural wooden beehives.

“We're also looking forward to seeing Woodoc Food For Wood here, with its Owl Box project – which could make a real difference to the local population of owls which must have lost much of their habitat due to the fires,” said Ms. De Bruin.


The Knysna Timber Festival will include a programme of talks and demonstrations – and, of course, a food court and beer garden with Mitchell's on tap and live entertainment.


“As always, outdoor space will be available for companies that specialise in heavy machinery and plantation equipment, and we're always open to creative ideas that'll help us improve the Festival experience for everybody.

“We want to accommodate as many exhibitors as we can - so please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ensure that your company is on show as #KnysnaRises at the 2017 Knysna Timber Festival,” said Ms. De Bruin.

IMAGE: Frikkie Adams demonstrated his Pendula Woodturning System at last year's Knysna Timber Festival. The Festival will take place from 29 September to 1 October this year.

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