Sisal in the hands of a Crafter

You come across the most fascinating treasures in life sometimes. Today I met this gentleman at Timberlake Village in Wilderness South Africa His name is Raphael, he is a crafter that normally uses wood as his medium but this all changed when he met Gerhard Schoonsraad in 2013.

Together they developed and grew this captivating craftsmen ship with a plant, that is not indigenous to South Africa but seems to have thrived here on South African soil.

Sisal as it is commonly known, with the botanical name Agave Sisalana and is a species of Agave native to southern Mexico but widely cultivated and naturalized in many other countries. It yields a stiff fibre used in making various products.

This woody herb with a rosette of thick fleshy spiny leaves that are shaped like a sword, measuring up to 2 metres long.
It is this hardly plant that Raphael unearths and brings to life in shapes of wooded beauty. He travels the length and breadth of South Africa to remove them, bring them back to his workshop and transform them into existence.

This amusing creations has been sold world wide and he produces hundreds of them for international orders. George passed in a tragic accident a little while ago and the business was bought by a gentleman named Bevan van Druten that owns Driftwood Sculptures. Together they continue to make, display, exhibit their creations to the world.


So when you need a home craft with a difference, do visit him on the N2 near Wilderness, Western Cape