By carving sculptures, traditional head rests and walking sticks, Japhter is preserving his rich family heritage. He learned carving skills from his father, but now he puts all his artistic aspirations into traditional and modern work. His technical skills are at such an advanced level that he is able to use the very hard lead wood to create his wood carvings. Recently he started to specialise himself in wooden jewellery, also from lead wood and he works with jewellery designers in Johannesburg. He works from his home close to Thohoyandou, Northern Limpopo.