The Knysna Timber Initiative has invited exhibitors to book their stands early for this year’s Knysna Timber Festival, which will take place from 29 September to 1 October.
The event will go ahead at its traditional venue at Timber Village, which is currently being rebuilt after having been destroyed in the fires.
“We’re hoping that suppliers and businesses that use timber will come up with creative ideas to showcase the value of wood to us all - both as the Garden Route rebuilds, and in the economy in general,” said festival manager Picca de Bruin.
“With additional space available this year, we’ve got room for things like mock-ups - the partially-built wall of a timber-frame house, for example - which illustrate timber’s versatility.”
Ms. De Bruin said that the organisers are hoping that suppliers of heavy machinery - plantation equipment, tractors, mills, pole strippers, and so on - will take the opportunity to show their products to the market.
“This year’s Festival is going to be even more important than ever because it’ll be the first opportunity after the fires for everyone in the industry to meet up, and share creative new ways of restarting and re-growing the Garden Route’s timber economy.”
She said that space will be available in both indoor (well, in-marquee) and outdoor exhibitions and demonstrations areas for timber growers, timber merchants, timber buyers, wood millers, tool suppliers, furniture manufacturers, boat builders, architects, designers, decorators, builders, and hobbyists.
This year’s Festival will be presented with the help of Sanlam, and the programme will include talks, presentations, and films about wood and working with wood - with activities for children and adults alike, and with a happy entertainment area with live music, a beer tent, and a children’s play space.
“One of the highlights for many of us will be seeing Knysna’s new Wood-Mizer LT20B Diesel portable sawmill in operation for the first time,” said Ms de Bruin.
“Wood-Mizer’s international head office donated it to the Knysna Timber Initiative to help with the rebuilding of damaged houses, and, in the longer-term, for training operators in the use of band saw mills - and we’re currently building a shed to house it permanently at Timber Village.
“Woodoc Food for Wood will also be with us with its Woodoc Owl Box Project, since they’re keen to get more kids involved in the Festival - and in woodworking in general,” she said.
Please visit www.timberfestival.co.za for detailed information.