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“To me, the garden is a doorway to other worlds; one of them, of course, is the world of birds. The garden is their dinner table, bursting with bugs and worms and succulent berries”.
Anne Raver

The history of Feathers of Knysna started way back in 1986 as a small home-run business. Andre and Cathy Van Niekerk made their very first pair of ducks in the dining room of their Knysna home. From humble beginnings, the demand for the wooden carvings was to grow at a phenomenal rate.

The earliest birds were all branded with the shape of a metal nut, and on them was written “the three nuts”, which referred to Andre, Cathy and Andre’s mom Sue, who had also been drawn into the business.

With rapid expansion, the family and birds could no longer co-habit in the same premises. Soon a more formal approach to manufacturing saw the home industry establish itself in industrial premises, at the same time adopting a name which has now become an internationally recognized brand, namely Feathers of Knysna.

The Van Niekerk’s sold the business to the current owner in 1993, and it now operates from substantial factory premises in the Industrial Area of Knysna. Although the business has grown exponentially over the passing of time, the original attention to detail, along with the best of raw materials available, still makes the original Feathers of Knysna products the most prestigigeous and desirable in the marketplace.

Testimony to the fine quality of the products is made by the demand for special commissioned designs for companies worldwide, as well as presentations made locally to dignitaries visiting South Africa.

Feathers prides itself on still having some of the original members of staff, dating back to the 80’s within its ranks.

The majority of products are in limited editions, to which you will find reference on the dedicated product pages. Feathers of Knysna ships world wide.


Josephine May, Artist Andre van Niekerk, Founder Emily, Talented Painter
Josephine May, one of
Feathers' veteran artists
Andre van Niekerk
founded Feathers in 1986
Emily, one of Feathers'
talented painters

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