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Wood workers, artisans, members of the timber industry, and local and national businesses agree: the third Knysna Timber Festival, which took place from 11-13 November, was an unqualified success.

The event was created by the Knysna Timber Initiative to revive interest in the timber economy of the Garden Route, which has suffered the closure of numerous saw mills, plantations, and factories - and the resultant loss of thousands of jobs - over the last two decades.

“There was an incredible atmosphere throughout the event - and it’s clear that everyone’s willing to work together to preserve our timber heritage, and to grow the industry in the future,” said the Knysna Timber Initiative’s Jock McConnachie.

WOODEN BIKE & SKILLS TRAINING
A project by the hackers at the Kluyts MakerSpace to build a wooden bicycle and to assemble it in front of Festival-goers in the exhibition tent attracted particular attention.

“None of us had any experience of building bikes, but we did it to highlight the depth of the skills and the talent available here in Knysna,” said project leader John Noble. “And it turned out to be a great a draw-card for the Festival.”

The Festival also included an up-skilling workshop for local woodworkers. Conducted by master furniture-maker Richard Henley, and presented with the support of Rotary, Kluyts, and the Knysna Municipality, the 7-day course was timed to end on the last day of the Festival.

“Properly used at the right times, hand tools are often more flexible and faster than machine tools, and this course was designed to show that the use of hand tools isn’t just a romantic idea,” said Mr. Henley.

“The guys saw the course as an opportunity, and they threw themselves into it. One of them was promoted by the factory where he works - from packing recycling materials the previous week, to a semi-skilled position this week.

“And two of them were talking about becoming self-employed in the near future.”

EXHIBITORS
Chloe Bunnett of Tool & Trade, Knysna, was equally up-beat.

Tool & Trade demonstrated the latest thinking in tools and techniques in conjunction with Vermont Sales, which supplies Tork Craft tools and accessories for hobbyists, and the Bexey and Kreg ranges for professionals.

“This is a brilliant way of promoting woodworking and timber, and of showing people what we do - and we’ve had very positive feedback, both during the show and afterwards.

“It’s a great initiative, and we look forward growing with it.”

SPONSORS
The Festival was sponsored by Woodoc Food for Wood and Saplings Timber Trading, and was presented with the assistance of G&K Quality Timber Mouldings, Tradelink Wood Products, Knysna & Partners, and the Knysna Municipality.

In an email addressed to Festival coordinator Picca de Bruin, Woodoc’s marketing coordinator, Delray Turner, congratulated the Festival committee on “your fine work, excellent planning and realistic scheduling,” which “resulted in an informative and smooth-running festival.”

“A special thank you to Jock for his wonderful dedication to this event. His enthusiasm, encouragement and vision for reviving and restoring a love for wood is inspiring.”

Knysna & Partners CEO, Greg Vogt, congratulated all participants on the results of the Festival.

“It marked the beginning of a new era for timber, plantation forestry, and conservation forestry in the Southern Cape.

“It showed that there’s enormous goodwill, and a common desire to ensure a prosperous future for the region.

“And since many aspects of the timber economy - from the Garden Route National Park to our fine furniture factories - are also integral to our success as a tourism destination, it bodes well for a sustainable future for our hospitality sector and for our attractions,” he said.

Resources:

Saplings Timber Trading: www.saplings.co.za
Woodoc: www.woodoc.com
G&K Quality Timber Mouldings www.gandkmouldings.co.za
Tradelink Wood Products www.tradelink-group.com
Knysna: www.visitknysna.co.za
Knysna Timber Festival: www.timberfestival.co.za

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 The Knysna Timber Initiative has announced the final programme line-up for the Knysna Timber Festival, which starts this Friday (11 November).

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Under the theme ‘Wood is in our nature,’ the Festival - sponsored by Woodoc Food for Wood and Saplings Timber Trading, and presented with the assistance of G&K Quality Timber Mouldings, Tradelink Wood Products, Knysna & Partners, and the Knysna Municipality - aims to highlight both the heritage of timber in the Garden Route, and the talent and resources still present in the region.

“With the closure of so many furniture factories and sawmills, we’ve lost thousands of jobs in the timber economy in the Southern Cape over the last twenty years or so, and we can’t afford to lose any more,” said Jock McConnachie, of the Knysna Timber Initiative.

“This is why launched the Festival: as a varied and vibrant showcase of furniture and woodcraft - and all things good in wood - and with both a high-level workshop, and popular attractions like talks and product demonstrations on the programme.”

The workshop will seek to find solutions to the challenges facing the timber economy in the Southern Cape, and will include delegates from government, the Knysna Timber Buyers Association, the Knysna Timber Initiative, the George Millers Forum, the Southern Cape Landowners Initiative, and SANParks, and with Knysna & Partners as the local destination management and marketing organisation.

SKILLS & PRODUCT DEMONSTRATIONS
While the timber economy workshop will take place at Knysna Hollow, the bulk of the action will take place at the festival grounds at Timber Village in Welbedacht Lane.

The weekend will include ongoing demonstrations of outdoor power products by Turf & Trees, and of various clamping and joining tools and techniques by Tool & Trade in association with Vermont Sales.

Thanks to sponsorship from the Rotary Club of Knysna and the Knysna Municipality’s local economic development department, four young men are currently attending a course on working with hand tools presented by master furniture maker Richard Henley. The students will complete tool cabinets during the course, and will present them at the Festival. Mr. Henley will also be on hand to discuss traditional joining techniques, and the use and maintenance of hand tools with festival-goers.

Members of the public are invited to donate old woodworking hand tools for the participants’ use.

“One of the highlights of the Festival will be the final assembly of the wooden Outeniqua FatStix mountain bike, which is currently being built by hackers at the Kluyts MakerSpace out of laminated assegai, hard pear and stinkwood, and which will take place in the exhibition pavilion at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday ” said festival Organiser Picca de Bruin.

The bike is being built to showcase local talent and craftsmanship, and to demonstrate the possibilities for high-tech applications for timber in the future.

SPEAKER PROGRAMME
Ms. de Bruin said that the museum at Timber Village will be the venue for a series of talks and videos.

“Dalena Stander - who comes from an old Knysna timber family, and who has a deep knowledge of and passion for our timber heritage - will talk on Friday at 3:00 p.m. about how the various species of trees support the timber economy, and how they’re intertwined with the various sectors of the economy.

“Richard Müller, the Wood Technology Program manager at the Saasveld Campus of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, will explain colour and figure variation in wood on Saturday at 10:00, and will follow this up with a talk on timber shrinkage how this relates to distortion in timber at 12:00.

“And Ronell Grobler, the technical director at Rekara Mills will discuss the latest technology in Woodoc’s new range of Totim Exterior Wood Sealers on Saturday at 2:00, while on Sunday at 12:00, a speaker from Knysna’s T&B Log Homes will explain how they go about building with wood in the Maldives.”

FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT
“Food and entertainment at the Festival will all be home-grown, with catering by Whitewashed, beer by Mitchell’s, and blues, rock and folk music by the Southern Sons and local DJ Mr. G.

“And there’ll be plenty for the kids, too, with opportunities to build your own candy dispensers, picture frames or tool boxes, and to explore Kidbuddie’s playground equipment,” said Ms. De Bruain.

Knysna & Partners CEO, Greg Vogt, said that he hopes everyone will come to the Festival during the weekend.

“And if you can’t be there, please follow and share the hash tag #WoodIsInOurNature and the accounts @KnysnaTimber and @FatStixMTB - and let’s get Knysna’s timber economy back on course,” he said.

Resources:

Knysna Timber Festival: www.timberfestival.co.za
Saplings Timber Trading: www.saplings.co.za
Woodoc: www.woodoc.com
G&K Quality Timber Mouldings www.gandkmouldings.co.za
Tradelink Wood Products www.tradelink-group.com
Knysna: www.visitknysna.co.za

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Wednesday, 02 November 2016 09:55

Knysna races to complete its first wooden bicycle

A group of volunteers keen to ensure that Knysna’s timber heritage flourishes well into the future is racing against time to complete South Africa’s first wooden fat bike by the end of this week.

The 7-speed bike is expected to go on show to the public at the Knysna Timber Festival (11-13 November, 2016).

“Knysna’s economy was founded on timber, and timber was still its backbone until about a decade ago,” said John Noble, a businessperson and one of the originators of the idea for the wooden bicycle.

“Policy decisions and other factors have devastated the local timber industry over the last 20 years, with the loss of 7,000 jobs in the Southern Cape from plantations, sawmills, shops and factories that’ve been forced to close.

“But Knysna still has a core of experienced and talented people who’re determined to reverse the situation - and we felt that one way of highlighting their work would be to harness Knysna’s heritage of timber to build a product for the future, and to use funds raised for the project to provide technical skills training for three young people who want to pursue timber-related careers” he said.

Under Mr. Noble’s leadership, the team - all hackers at the Kluyt’s MakerSpace - gave itself six weeks to complete the task. Members include technical draftsperson Roy Weatherstone, CNC expert Clifford Coetzer and CNC technicians Matthew Bisset and Mario Barnard, frame maker Jaco Delport, master woodworker Richard Henley, bike shop and children’s cycling academy owner, Jacques Brink, fundraiser Rod Ward-Able, and project manager Francois Geldenhuys.

The bike will be called the Outeniqua Fatstix in honour of the indigenous timber (sticks) that grows in the Garden Route, on the southern slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains.

MATERIALS AND COMPONENTS
“None of us has ever built a bike before, but we decided to put our heads together and to use a process of rapid prototyping to get this project out,” said Mr. Brink.

The CAD design and the CNC of the front triangle were completed during the first week of operations, while the initial lamination of the frame began on Monday, 31 October - which was also when the team met to consider how to integrate the components with the frame, and to begin working on the hand-shaped rear triangle.

“The frame will be made of stinkwood, candlewood, and hard-pear*, and the components will include a Shimano drive train, a 1x7-speed component set, hydraulic brakes, and standard issue, steel fat bike forks and 26-inch fat bike wheels - although we’ll work on wooden wheels at a later stage,” said Mr. Brink.

TIMBER FESTIVAL
Greg Vogt of Knysna & Partners - the town’s destination management and marketing organisation - said that the Harkerville Red Route near Knysna was the first declared mountain bike trail in South Africa.

“The terrain and the indigenous forests and plantations of the Southern Cape make the Garden Route the perfect playground for the sport of mountain biking, and the area now boasts some of the finest trails in the country thanks to cooperation between private landowners and state-run enterprises like MTO Forestry and the Garden Route National Park - which is why Knysna can now lay claim to being #TrailTownSA. (www.twitter.com/hashtag/trailtownsa)

“So when the Outeniqua Fatstix makes its appearance at the 2016 Knysna Timber Festival, it’ll reaffirm the theme of the festival - ‘Timber is in our nature’ - while opening a new, exciting chapter in the history and heritage of both timber and cycling in the region.”

SPONSORSHIP
Businesses and members of the the public are invited to sponsor the project at R 1,000.00 a spoke. The funds will be used to help with the development of the bike, and to pay for skills development training, which will be conducted by Richard Henley.

For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/OuteniquaFatstix or the Outeniqua Fatstix stand at the Knysna Timber Festival (www.timberfestival.co.za)

* Timbers used in construction of the frame:
Stinkwood (stinkhout, umHlungulu): Ocotea bullata http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantnop/ocoteabull.htm
Candlewood: (kersiehout, uTwina): Pterocelastrus tricuspidatus http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantnop/pterocelastri.htm
Hard-pear Olinia ventosa (hardepeer, umNonono): http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantnop/oliniavent.htm

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The theme of the Knysna Timber Festival - ‘Timber is in our nature’ - might currently by true. But will it always be so?

Many organisations and individuals are deeply concerned that it might not - because dwindling supplies threaten the future of the timber industry in the Garden Route.

Having suffered the loss of a number of sawmills over the last 20 years - and the consequent loss of more than 7,000 jobs (and even more in the downstream economy) - industry representatives have begun taking proactive steps to reverse the decline.

“Despite rising domestic demand, timber supplies have been dwindling steadily here in the Southern Cape as a direct result of a policy decision - the so-called ‘exit strategy’ - that prevented the replanting of about 21,000 hectares of state plantations.

“And although this decision was partially reversed in 2008, we’re still likely to run out of timber altogether by 2020,” said Theo Stehle, a retired forestry officer who now writes about issues facing the local timber industry.

One sad result of the industry’s decline, said Jock McConnachie, vice-chairperson of the Knysna Timber Initiative, is that Knysna’s “culture of timber” is also threatened.

“There was a time when everything in Knysna revolved around timber: it was the reason the town was established, and it was the main driver of the economy, so it was its biggest employer.

“It attracted skilled and talented people whose knowledge and enthusiasm filtered through society, and it affected everything from sawmilling to furniture making and even literature.” (See, for example, the work of novelist Dalene Matthee.)

But, he said, it isn’t too late to save the situation.

“And this is one of the aims of the Knysna Timber Festival.”

KNYSNA TIMBER FESTIVAL
Sponsored by Woodoc Food for Wood and Saplings Timber Trading, and presented by the Knysna Timber Initiative with the assistance of Knysna & Partners and the Knysna Municipality, the Festival (www.timberfestival.co.za) is designed to showcase the local timber industry, and to provide a marketplace for national and international brands.

It will take place from 11 to 13 November, 2016, and will include a programme of discussions, talks and demonstrations.

“The Knysna Timber Initiative, the Southern Cape Landowner’s Initiative (SCLI), Knysna & Partners (the town’s destination management and destination marketing organisation), and others will meet formally with government representatives - including the Western Cape’s MEC for Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde - to discuss the future of the industry during the Festival. But the programme will also include a series of talks that’ll appeal to a wider audience,” said Festival organiser Picca de Bruin.

Dalena Wolmarans (neé Stander), for example - who runs the Stander family’s timber transport business - said that she’ll talk about the different species of trees grown and harvested in the Garden Route.

“The tree species and supporting industry of our region are intertwined. The one cannot exist without the other. If one shackle gets disturbed it puts a huge burden on other parts of the chain,” she said.

FESTIVAL ARRANGEMENTS
Ms. de Bruin said that the Festival has become a regional event for hobbyists, foresters, conservationists, woodworkers wood millers, timber merchants, and anyone involved in the timber industry.

A limited number of exhibition spaces are still available for local and national brands that want to showcase their timber-related products or services. (See www.timberfestival.co.za)

Attractions at the Festival grounds will include food stalls, a beer garden, and a Kids Zone.

“This is truly a festival for everyone,” said Greg Vogt, CEO of Knysna & Partners, “And we hope that the entire community will support it with the same enthusiasm that timber has supported us all over the centuries here in Knysna.”

Resources:

Knysna Timber Festival: www.timberfestival.co.za
Saplings Timber Trading: www.saplings.co.za
Woodoc: www.woodoc.com
Southern Cape Landowners Initiative: www.scli.org.za
Knysna: www.visitknysna.co.za

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Knysna’s annual timber festival - from 11 to 13 November, 2016 - will take place at a crossroads moment for the economy of the Garden Route.

That’s the message from the Knysna Timber Initiative (the organisers of the event), the Southern Cape Landowner’s Initiative, Knysna & Partners (the town’s destination management and destination marketing organisation), and others who’ve committed themselves to halting job losses and preventing a possible disaster that could happen if the timber industry in the region collapses altogether.

“The Knysna Timber Festival focuses on the experience - what forestry and woodworking have to offer in terms of skills, jobs, and tourism, and how massively they impact on the local economy,” said the vice-chairperson of the Knysna Timber Initiative, Jock McConnachie.

But, he said, “the supply of both indigenous timber and timber from plantations has become a critical constraint for the normal operation of the industry, and we’re going to use the opportunity that the Festival will present - since we’ll have most of the role players together in Knysna at one time - to hold a workshop to develop a vision and plan for the future.”

Cobus Meiring, manager of stakeholder engagement for the Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI), said that the Garden Route has lost as many as 7,000 jobs over the last decade, “as a direct result of policy decisions.”

He said that the SCLI has approached the issue from an environmental perspective from the start.

The organisation exists to promote environmental awareness and best land management practice among its members; its chief operational function lies in rehabilitating degraded areas and ecosystems overcome by invasive alien plants.

“We’re concerned that forested land that’s not properly managed becomes a major threat to the environment and thus to our fresh water supply.

“But the rehabilitation of forests promotes job opportunities and creates opportunities for the development of new tourism products,” he said.

Retired forest officer Theo Stehle - who worked in the indigenous and plantation forests of the Southern Cape for more than 30 years - said that, “In the 1970s and 80s, everything in Knysna was all about timber.

“It was the engine of the entire economy, and it attracted first-rate researchers who were considered world leaders in their fields.

“Given the political will - and the buy-in of the local businesses - the foundations could be there for successfully reviving our timber heritage.”

Greg Vogt, CEO of Knysna & Partners, said that the Provincial Minister of Economic Opportunities in the Ministry of Agriculture, Economic Development and Tourism, Alan Winde, will attend the workshop, which is scheduled for 11 November.

“Our role as a destination management organisation includes finding connections across sectors that can unlock the potential in our destination, and the Knysna Timber Festival is the perfect opportunity for that kind of discussion.

“We’re committed to helping wherever we can because, like our partners in this event, we understand that it’s now or never for timber in the Garden Route.”

FESTIVAL ARRANGEMENTS
Festival organiser Picca de Bruin said that Knysna Timber Festival will be sponsored by Woodoc Food for Wood and Saplings Timber Trading, and is presented with the assistance of Knysna & Partners and the Knysna Municipality.

It will be run under the theme, ‘Wood is in our nature.’

“Our exhibitions, demonstrations, and talks will take place at Timber Village in Welbedacht Lane, while the workshop on the future of timber in the Garden Route will happen at Knysna Hollow.

“We do still have some exhibition spaces available, and there’s more information at www.timberfestival.co.za,” she said.

Resources:

Knysna Timber Festival: www.timberfestival.co.za
Saplings Timber Trading: www.saplings.co.za
Woodoc: www.woodoc.com
Knysna: www.visitknysna.co.za
Southern Cape Landowners Initiative: www.scli.org.za

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Knysna will celebrate its timber heritage - and consider how to ensure its future as a timber destination - during this year’s Knysna Timber Festival.
 
The event, which is arranged by the Knysna Timber Initiative, is scheduled for the 11th to the 13th of November under the sponsorship of Woodoc Food for Wood and Saplings Timber Trading, and with the assistance of Knysna & Partners and the Knysna Municipality. 
 
EXHIBITIONS & PROGRAMME
Festival coordinator Picca de Bruin said that the festival hub will return this year to the rural environment of Timber Village in the quiet of Welbedacht Lane.
 
“Attractions will include exhibitions, workshops and presentations, and the all-important food and beer garden and Kid’s Zone.
 
“Our speaker program will feature Richard Müller, the programme manager for Wood Technology at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Saasveld Campus, who will speak on ‘Timber shrinkage and the related distortion of timber’,”
 
Ms. de Bruin said that exhibition space is still available for businesses that want to showcase their timber-related products or services.
 
“This is an excellent opportunity for both local and national brands. 
 
“The Festival has begun to mature into a regional event for woodworkers and hobbyists, plantation foresters, conservationists, wood millers, timber merchants, and in fact anyone who’s involved in the timber industry - and a survey conducted during last year’s event showed that 48% percent of visitors came from the Garden Route and Klein Karoo, while 44% came from the rest of the Western Cape and even the Eastern and Northern Cape provinces,” she said.
 
TIMBER INDUSTRY MEETING
Knysna may be the woodworking capital of South Africa but, said Knysna & Partners’ CEO Greg Vogt, a number of local interest groups are currently seriously concerned about the sustainability of forestry in the region.
 
He said that the Knysna Timber Buyers Association, the Knysna Timber Initiative, the George Millers Forum, the Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI), and Knysna & Partners came together during September to discuss their concerns. This followed an earlier meeting called by Knysna & Partners at which members of the industry presented their dilemma to the Western Cape’s MEC for Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde.
 
“This has led to the involvement of the Provincial Government, and further high-level discussions will take place during this year’s Timber Festival.
 
“Knysna’s economy was founded on timber, and as recently as the 1980s, forestry accounted for something like 80% of the economic activity in the region. 
 
“But the industry in the Garden Route has shrunk as a result of both policy decisions and market forces - and as a result it’s suffered the loss of at least a thousand jobs. 
 
“Clearly we have to address this situation as a matter of urgency.”
 
Mr. Vogt said that the meeting with Minister Winde will focus on sharing insights into factors inhibiting the industry, and on creating a platform for communication and interaction between government and stakeholders in order to develop a way forward.
 
“It makes sense to have this meeting during the Timber Festival because it’s the one time in the year when local talent, businesses, hobbyists and experts get together to celebrate our forest heritage,” he said.
 
Please visit www.timberfestival.co.za for information about exhibiting at the Knysna Timber Festival. 
 
The Festival’s programme of talks and demonstrations will be posted on the site in due course. 
 
More information
 
Knysna Timber Festival: www.timberfestival.co.za 
Saplings Timber Trading: www.saplings.co.za 
Woodoc: www.woodoc.com 
Timber Village: www.timbervillage.co.za 
Knysna: www.visitknysna.co.za 
 
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A variety of interesting wooden boats, ranging from keelboats to sailing dinghies and canoes, will be on show at the second edition of the Knysna Wooden Boat Show to be held from Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th October 2015, at the Knysna Yacht Club.

Amongst the many craft expected to be on show is the 42ft Van der Stadt yacht “Mercury”, sister vessel of the famous “Voortrekker”, the Knysna built ketch, which won the first ever Rio Race in 1971. Other boats include a beautifully built, classical powerboat “Amore”; a fully restored Solent Scow “Clemency” built of clinker mahogany in the UK in 1954; .It will also feature the unveiling of a brand new Romilly “ Spright” , a 22ft lug sailed yawl built right here in Knysna. It is also hoped that Knysna's traditional fishermen will be displaying their old wooden 'Platbome'.

The boat show will be open across the three days from 10:00 to 17:00.

During the same period, the Knysna Timber Festival will showcase a wide range of wood-related displays, activities and courses, including boat building at various venues and talks by such knowledgeable speakers as Margaret Parkes who will enlighten us on the history of wooden boats in Knysna and Theo Honiball who will speak about his project to build a replica of George Rex’s ship “The Knysna” built in 1831.

. "It’s all about rekindling the interest and enthusiasm for wood, which is after all, the foundation of Knysna's heritage," says Jock McConnachie, one of the organisers of this unique event.

McConnachie says his inspiration for the wooden boat show was born from a visit with his wife Helen to Rhode Island, USA, which enjoys an exceptionally strong wooden boat culture and where they encountered one of Knysna's very own sons, Erik Thesen. Thesen is engaged in the restoration of the renowned wooden schooner Coronet, built in 1885. McConnachie's vision is for the Wooden Boat Show to continue to provide the inspiration not only for making new wooden boats, but also for the restoration of the many classic wooden boats hitherto in mothballs in and around Knysna and to see them once more grace the waters of the Knysna Estuary.

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Friday, 16 October 2015 09:02

Knysna Makerspace

Thanks to Knysna & Partners, John Nobel’s Knysna Makerspace exhibited at this year’s Knysna Timber Festival over the past weekend (October 8 – 10) at the Premier Hotel.

Knysna Makerspace forms part of the self-funded Eden Community College, a community based organisation in Knysna. This College enables individuals to access skills development, training and tertiary education as well as providing access to a ‘Maker Space’in Knysna Industria, a manufacturing humb, establish to enable start-up companies to enter into the market by granting them access to facilities and machinery.

According to Noble his aim was to raise awareness of Knysna Makerspace during the Knysna Timber Festival and with the help of Knysna & Partners, he believes that aim was achieved.

Besides making space available for Knysna Makerspace, Knysna & Partners delivered on their 2014 Working with Wood Festival promise and assisted in sourcing a potential national furniture buyer,  and invested in binging him down for the Knysna Timber Festival.

Noble hosted him at the festival and introduced him to numerous manufactureres, securing definite interest and alternative buyers to the Greater Knysna. 

During the festival, Knysna Makerspace further identified new potential beneficiaries, new partners and three potential designers.  The producers exhibiting under the Knysna Makerspace umbrella reported to have received numerous business enquiries , a few sales and a a further enquiry and order.

Noble thanked Knysna & Parnters: “We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Knysna & Partners for their ongoing commitment to the devleopment agenda [of Knysna Makerspace] and their sponsorship of these emerging producers.”

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