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Westlike Skrynwerker - Joinery and Woodworking Western Joiners - Production of Doors, Windows and Gates Westlike Skrynwerker - Joinery and Woodworking Western Joiners - Production of Doors, Windows and Gates
Westlike Skrynwerker Western Joiners

All Weatherproof Windows, Doors, Gates and General Joinery

Western Joiners was founded by Mr Kretschmer, who emigrated from West Germany in 1951. From 1951 to 1957 Mr Kretschmer worked as a Foreman at Protea Timber, after which he started his own joinery and woodworking business called Westelike Skrynwerker (Western Joiners).

The beginnings were humble with a staff of four workers. Mr Kretschmer operated out of the Western Wools building, where they did general joinery work and cupboards for the Provincial Administration, schools and hospitals.

By 1966, the business grew rapidly and a bigger premises was needed. The business then moved to the Piano Factory. Very soon this premises were outgrown and a decision was made to build a new premises in Versailles Street, Wellington.

On the 1st of July 1983, Johann and Philip Dempers bought the company and they then moved to the premises of Paarlse Meubelmakers in Ambachtsvallei Street, Huguenot, Paarl. This is still the current premises. Johann and Philip Dempers kept the trading name and today Western Joiners (Westelike Skrynwerker) is well known throughout the Western Cape for its excellent quality craftsmanship, joinery, woodworking and the production of doors, windows and gates.

The company has three Directors, namely Philip Dempers, Johann Dempers and Philip's daughter, Thea Blaauw. Isick Louw is the Production Manager.

General Information

  • We specialize in custom made joinery as well as standard joinery items.
  • We also specialize in arched top joinery.
  • All joinery can be manufactured for double glazing and rubber gaskets can be fitted on request.
  • We work mainly with selected kiln-dried Meranti, but also with any other specified hardwood.
  • If any other timber is specified, we will look at the design and recommend if it is suitable for the purpose.
  • Every order is set out individually (no mass production), therefore we can assure superb craftsmanship and attention to detail.
  • Our technical staff will assist in weatherproof design.
  • All joinery are mortised and tenanted.
  • All joinery with cottage panes can be ordered with glazing beads or standard to receive putty glazing.
  • All joinery is sanded in our factory, ready for first coat of paint or varnish application.
  • Because we are used to specials - "No special is a special".
  • Architects have a free hand to design.
  • No job too big or too small.


All types of windows, sash windows, mock sash windows, doors, sliding doors, cavity sliding doors, skylights, sliding / folding doors, jamb liners, skeleton jamb liners, architraves, gates, louvre shutters, internal shutters, skirting, windowsills, pergola beams, staircases and special mouldings.

Our products are suitable for private home owners through to industrial developments.

Please browse to our product information page, to see more information about some of our work, or browse to our gallery page, to view images of our work.


  • All windows come with standard brass hardware, unless otherwise specified.
  • Side hung opening windows are fitted with brass four bar hinges(anti-slam). These hinges allow one to reach the outside glass with ease for cleaning purposes(in a multi storey building).
  • Top hung outward opening windows are fitted with solid brass flush hinges, or with four bar hinges if requested.
  • All bottom hung inward opening windows are fitted with solid brass butt hinges, roller stays and spring catches.
  • All pivot windows fitted with pivots, roller stays and spring catches.
  • All side hung inward opening windows are fitted with solid brass butt hinges, sash fasteners and sliding stays as an additional option.
  • All window sills are grooved for metal weather bar strips.
  • All hardware fitted with solid brass screws.

Sliding Sash Windows

Sliding Sash Windows
  • Sash windows counterweights are balanced: Sashes are weighed individually, glass weight for different glass thicknesses as well as putty used for glazing are taken into account to determine the exact weight of the counterweights.
  • All sliding sash windows fitted with patented wool pile to prevent rattling and drafts.
  • All sliding sash windows are manufactured with a solid head (146mm x 70mm) to act as a lintel for brickwork.
  • All sliding sash windows can be ordered with or without vertical and horizontal bars.
  • Locks to sliding sash windows can be fitted on request.

Doorframes & Doors

Doorframes and Doors
  • Our standard doorframes sections are 90mm x 70mm.
  • Rubber gasket can be fitted to doorframes on request.
  • Doors mortised and tenanted full width of stiles.
  • Doors available in flat panel, or raised fielded panel with or without bolection moulds, as well as any special design.
  • Doors can be fitted into frames on request.

Sliding Doors

Sliding Doors
  • Standard sliding doors (Patio doors) are fully fitted in our factory with solid brass track, solid brass rollers with ball bearings and flush pulls. Lockset can be added on request.
  • Doors come with wool pile weather-strips to prevent water penetration and drafts.
  • Sliding doors can be supplied with internal louvre shutters as one complete unit.
  • Our technical staff will advise on the type of sliding door gear necessary for extra heavy sliding doors or for the customer who wants a specific aesthetic appearance (e.g. barnyard doors).
  • We also manufacture cavity sliding doors with cavity section boarded both sides to prevent mortar obstruction on tracks in cavity during construction period, as well as providing a neat finish on the inside of the cavity walls.
  • We also specialise in Sliding doors fitted with Siegenia hardware.

Sliding / Folding Doors

Sliding / Folding Doors
  • Sliding / folding doors are fitted with Henderson / Hillaldam hardware. (Colour as per request)
  • This system is fully fitted in our factory and rollers are bearing assisted.
  • Adjustable hinges are standard on our sliding / folding doors and bi-fold doors.
  • Our technical staff will assist with instructions for building in.


  • Louvre shutters manufactured in 32mm or 44mm thickness.
  • Internal / External shutters can be manufactured with flat panels, raised fielded panels or batten type shutters.

Construction Services

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Contact Details

Tel: 021 8622 942
Fax: 021 862 1610
Thea Blaauw: 082 885 0822
Flip Dempers: 082 807 0832
Johann Dempers: 082 807 0831
E-mail address:

PO Box: 711, Northern Paarl 7623

Physical Address: Ambagsvallei street, Huguenot, Paarl 7646

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