Jan Hendrik Viljoen is creating Art knives and hand engraving
2
patrons
$2
per month
A little about myself
In 1995 I quit my job as a goldsmith and gem setter. Working for a boss just did not afford me the opportunity to utilize my skill set to it's full potential. I was constantly asked to perform what I consider to be mundane tasks better suited to goldsmiths with less experience. When I started to explore hand engraving to improve my skill set in my spare time my employer at the time was quick to exploit this new emerging skill at no adjustment to my salary of course.
After quitting my job, engraving soon also branched out into knife making. Something that sparked my interest at a younger age when my father also made handmade knives with a home built belt grinder. I owe a lot to my father. It was he who taught me the proper use of hand files, welding, lathe turning, basic carpentry etc.

Knife making is the only medium I could find that enables me to use all the skills I learned over a period of 28 years, combining my skills to create unique one of a kind art knives. Trained as a professional Goldsmith and gem setter I branched out into hand engraving and knife making in my  never ending quest for self improvement and growth as an artist. My creations are all sole authorship pieces. Your patronage will allow me to continue my journey to create and hopefully inspire others to create works of inspirational art as well.

Short term goal
My short term goal is to start exhibiting my work at international knife shows. Unfortunately with the current economic state we are experiencing in South Africa it seems unlikely that I will be able to save up enough money to be able to attend these shows. To share my work and passion with the world. Sure pictures and videos are a great medium, but to see an art object or hold it in your hands is a priceless experience. It is also a wonderful opportunity to engage with customers and enthusiasts in a personal manner, answer questions, share knowledge and build friendships.

Medium term goal
In addition to my already busy schedule of making knives, promoting my work, being film editor and photographer etc. I aim to write a coffee table book on my art knives. I find books in many ways to be more "real" in sharing information and convey a message to the reader. Books are more tangible and offer a slightly different experience to the reader than digital format. For me personally it holds the attention longer and when you need to access the information at a later stage you don't need to remember where on the vast space of the internet you last saw the information. You simply retrieve your book from the shelf or table, flip the pages to your preferred section and lose yourself in the words and pictures.
Being an avid reader of science fiction books in my high school years certainly played a huge role in my creative thinking as an adult. I am forever grateful to my mother for taking us to the public library every week to take out new books to read at home.

Tiers
Entry level patron
$1 or more per month
Every bit helps to keep paying the bills and save up for knife shows

I am grateful for your support, it shows me you really care and love my work!
It is a great motivating factor to keep me going through long hours of hard work and concentration.

Tier level 2 (Tiger)
$5 or more per month only 100 left
You are a hero for being so generous!
For your contribution you will receive a professional digital photo of one of my creations every month. Hopefully I don't run out of pictures to send you :)
Tier level 3 (Grizzly bear)
$10 or more per month
You are a rock to depend on. Steadfast and strong, yet generous and caring.
For your contribution you will receive exclusive access to videos and tutorials not available elsewhere on my channels and pages.
Improve your own skills and learn new techniques to enhance your work and creativity. You will also receive the same benefits as a level 2 contributor!
Tier level 4 (Dragon)
$40 or more per month only 15 left
You are a noble beast, the ultimate in strength and nobility.
For your contribution at this level you will get a mention of honor at the end of my next youtube video. Immortalizing your name as a patron of the arts!
In addition you will also receive the benefits of tier levels 2 and 3!
Goals
$2 of $1,100 per month
When I reach $1100 per month I will be able to create art knives full time.
Wow, what a dream!
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A little about myself
In 1995 I quit my job as a goldsmith and gem setter. Working for a boss just did not afford me the opportunity to utilize my skill set to it's full potential. I was constantly asked to perform what I consider to be mundane tasks better suited to goldsmiths with less experience. When I started to explore hand engraving to improve my skill set in my spare time my employer at the time was quick to exploit this new emerging skill at no adjustment to my salary of course.
After quitting my job, engraving soon also branched out into knife making. Something that sparked my interest at a younger age when my father also made handmade knives with a home built belt grinder. I owe a lot to my father. It was he who taught me the proper use of hand files, welding, lathe turning, basic carpentry etc.

Knife making is the only medium I could find that enables me to use all the skills I learned over a period of 28 years, combining my skills to create unique one of a kind art knives. Trained as a professional Goldsmith and gem setter I branched out into hand engraving and knife making in my  never ending quest for self improvement and growth as an artist. My creations are all sole authorship pieces. Your patronage will allow me to continue my journey to create and hopefully inspire others to create works of inspirational art as well.

Short term goal
My short term goal is to start exhibiting my work at international knife shows. Unfortunately with the current economic state we are experiencing in South Africa it seems unlikely that I will be able to save up enough money to be able to attend these shows. To share my work and passion with the world. Sure pictures and videos are a great medium, but to see an art object or hold it in your hands is a priceless experience. It is also a wonderful opportunity to engage with customers and enthusiasts in a personal manner, answer questions, share knowledge and build friendships.

Medium term goal
In addition to my already busy schedule of making knives, promoting my work, being film editor and photographer etc. I aim to write a coffee table book on my art knives. I find books in many ways to be more "real" in sharing information and convey a message to the reader. Books are more tangible and offer a slightly different experience to the reader than digital format. For me personally it holds the attention longer and when you need to access the information at a later stage you don't need to remember where on the vast space of the internet you last saw the information. You simply retrieve your book from the shelf or table, flip the pages to your preferred section and lose yourself in the words and pictures.
Being an avid reader of science fiction books in my high school years certainly played a huge role in my creative thinking as an adult. I am forever grateful to my mother for taking us to the public library every week to take out new books to read at home.

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Tiers
Entry level patron
$1 or more per month
Every bit helps to keep paying the bills and save up for knife shows

I am grateful for your support, it shows me you really care and love my work!
It is a great motivating factor to keep me going through long hours of hard work and concentration.

Tier level 2 (Tiger)
$5 or more per month only 100 left
You are a hero for being so generous!
For your contribution you will receive a professional digital photo of one of my creations every month. Hopefully I don't run out of pictures to send you :)
Tier level 3 (Grizzly bear)
$10 or more per month
You are a rock to depend on. Steadfast and strong, yet generous and caring.
For your contribution you will receive exclusive access to videos and tutorials not available elsewhere on my channels and pages.
Improve your own skills and learn new techniques to enhance your work and creativity. You will also receive the same benefits as a level 2 contributor!
Tier level 4 (Dragon)
$40 or more per month only 15 left
You are a noble beast, the ultimate in strength and nobility.
For your contribution at this level you will get a mention of honor at the end of my next youtube video. Immortalizing your name as a patron of the arts!
In addition you will also receive the benefits of tier levels 2 and 3!