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Simon Tsikwa - Furniture Maker / Entrepreneur Print E-mail
Ceri Balston   
Monday, 08 August 2005

 simon Bamboo Chest

We first met Simon just over a year ago when my wife and I were out looking for some new beside tables to match our new bed. After not quite finding what we were after in the standard high street shops, and being shocked by how many bucks we'd have to fork out, we thought that it would be a good idea to have a look at the wares of some of the local street vendors along William Nicol. It didn't take us long to spot a Simon's section which stood out from the rest, the yellow bamboo detail catching our eyes.

Bamboo ScreenWe were immediately struck by Simon's friendliness and gentle nature, he was also very accommodating. The two tables we identified weren't quite dark enough to match our bed but he assured us that it wouldn't take him long to stain them to our requirements. A week after giving him a small deposit so that he could purchase the stain he called us saying that the work was complete and that we should collect them. We were delighted.

The second time we met him, Simon had relocated to the corner of William Nicol and Main Road in Bryanston. This time we were on the look out for a screen to divide our bedroom, again the bamboo caught our eye. It didn't take us long to realise that we had met before and Simon was more than happy to help us his returning customers. This time we didn't see exactly what we wanted so Simon suggested that he could make it for us from scratch. Not only did we have it made to our exact measurements but we were also able to ask him to intersperse the sun dried yellow bamboo with the freshly cut green. Again we collected it just a week later, it was stunning.

Simon makes a wide range of furniture and household objects out of bamboo and reeds;

  • Wine racks
  • Chest of drawers
  • Coffee tables
  • Bedside tables
  • Head boards
  • Bed bases
  • Laundry baskets
  • Reed mats (for floor or ceiling covering)
  • Hats


If you'd like to discuss purchasing any of his products or would like to find more about his work you can contact Simon on 072 471 1979.

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