Born in 1945 in Sardis, British Columbia, Gilbert is Coast Salish. He later moved to Alert Bay on Cormorant Island near the North-eastern tip of Vancouver Island. Gilbert studied carving under Lloyd Wadhams Sr. Gilbert’s style of fine detailing, and craftsmanship have made his work highly sought after. Gilbert married a Kwakwaka’wakw woman from Alert Bay and they have two sons. Jeff and Jason, to whom he taught the art of jewellery carving. He and his family now live in Victoria where he works in his studio.
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