Secrets of Napier 1: Steamy Kevin

This is the first post in a series about ‘unknown’ people in the Overberg who work in silence. They all have a few things in common: many of them are virtually unknown in their own village and they all make a living out of the ordinary. If you know of anybody in your own village please send email to This first post is about Kevin Doveton in Napier.

steamykevin2Let’s say he is ‘Steamy Kevin’ for he builds miniature steam engines and sells them on a global scale as far as Northern Europe and the Americas. In collectors circles he got known via specific forums on the Internet. His ‘Model Steam & Hot Air Engines’ are recommended on these forums by buyers who brag about their perfection, refinement and durability.  New and used metals undergo in Kevin’s workshop a complete transformation. Numerous implements, precision tools and machines, including self build ones and up to 100 yrs old help Kevin to handcraft the materials and fit them together. Interested people (collectors etc.) can contact Kevin via email:

A photo-impression:


Golden Hour Weekend Greetings from The Overberg 1

Italian greetings from Greyton


Weekend Greetings from Bredasdorp



Love local

Herman van Bon Photography

We love local. We buy and eat as much as possible local (not everything is available in a small village). We love the local Golden Hours, the local art and craft and don’t forget Garfield; the local cat. And most of my pictures (landscapes, etc.) are local. See for yourself:

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Weekend Greetings from Haes Farm

Rain or shine; always a magnificent view at Haes Farm Guesthouse near Stanford.

Weekend Greetings from Stormsvlei


The King of the Overberg


Two more weeks — Herman van Bon Photography

Eco Building ….

Free demonstration of how to do during the Baardskeerdersbos Art Route