Joe Descoteaux was born April 16, 1964 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada which is an area representative of the Ojibwa Nation. Ten years ago Joe married into the Wadhams family, a prominent and well-known Kwagiulth family from Alert Bay, off the eastern coast of Vancouver Island. As a result, Joe has learned to carve wood, silver and gold in the Northwest Coast style, specifically Kwagiulth. Joe lists such Northwest Coast Kwagiulth artists as Lloyd Wadhams Jr., Charles Harper, Don Dawson, Willie and Ray Wadhams and George Matilpi as his teachers. His wife, Cheryl Wadhams, herself an accomplished Northwest Coast Native artist, has greatly inspired Joe’s artwork. Joe began carving wood in early 1990 and then progressed to silversmithing in the fall of that year. Presently, Joe carves on a full-time basis mainly using silver and gold as his mediums.