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The Hidden Gems in Knysna’s Industria

Friday, 27 November 2015 06:59 Written by  Lisa Leslie
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Kluyts & Co.
With more than 50 years of experience in extraordinary workmanship, the cabinet makers at Kluyts & Co epitomises woodworking excellence. This solid-wood furniture making company is deeply-rooted in Knysna’s local timber industry history.

They are involved in both expertly crafting both indoor and outdoor indigenous wood furniture and handmade wood décor items, and the building industry. Here they specialise in the installation of custom built kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and indoor / outdoor living and entertainment areas. All their products are made using certified, sustainable timber harvested from the Knysna Forest.
1 Progress Road, Knysna Industria/ / Showroom is Shop 5 Woodmill Walk / 044 382 6343 www.kluyts.com

Metal Craft
If you have ever visited the Knysna Waterfront you may remember seeing the eye-catching, beautiful metal seahorse sculpture made by artist Stephen Colgate. Each of his unique items are made by using stainless steel and mild steel, aesthetically offset by the subtle use of copper, wood, fossils, stone and glass. Stephen studied under the famous Walter Batiss and mastered his craft under an apprenticeship with Erich Frey. It is stated on his website that “with his sculpturing work he has embraced the use of laser technology within the manufacturing process, which opened a range of new possibilities of design avenues.” Pieces are crafted at his studio in Knysna Industria and are exhibited at their retail space at the Knysna Waterfront.
www.metalcraftgallery.com

Salvage Yard
This company makes rustic industrial décor using salvaged parts from all and sundry – old railway carriages, discarded farming equipment, car parts - literally scrap metal of all kinds. Salvage Yard also produce a beautiful range of furniture using reclaimed timber salvaged from fishing trawler wrecks off the coast of South Africa. They take great care to preserve as much of the original character of the wood as possible and these unique, bespoke pieces are imbued with a rich sense of history and nautical adventure. Their once-off furniture will certainly add a great deal of character to any interior or exterior space.
www.shipwreckfurniture.com / 12 Waenhout Street, Knysna Industria

Feathers of Knysna
Feathers of Knysna and their team of long standing and highly accomplished artisans have specialised in carved wooden birds for more than 25 years shows why Knysna is often synonymous with wooden crafts. Individually crafted, each Feathers of Knysna’s life-like birds has its own personality. They have expanded their range to include various other innovative products including ceramics and pewter castings. Only timber from sustainable sources is used to create their sculptures.
www.feathersgallery.co.za / Corner of Uil and Patrys Streets, Industrial Area

Whitewashed
This fun and funky restaurant and coffee shop is tucked away in Knysna Industria where home cooked meals can be enjoyed in a relaxed setting. It is filled with an eclectic mix of décor giving it a charming character. They sell a range of lovely gift items as well. It has been described on Tripadvisor as having “a lovely rustic courtyard where one can sit under the shade of the trees. Service is very friendly and the food divine.”
5 Nobel Street, Knysna

Frost Brothers
A passionate motor enthusiast, Norman Frost put Knysna on the map with South Africa’s classic and vintage car fraternity. He has been selling a wide a range of golden oldie collectable classic cars to local, national and international classic car enthusiasts for many years. Frost Brothers cater for a myriad of tastes and has some veritable classic beauties such as Jaguars, MG’s Austin Healeys, Triumphs and more – all of which promise to increase your driving pleasure
www.frostbrothers.co.za / 5 Uil St, Industrial Area, Knysna 6571

 

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