Lloyd Wadhams was taught to carve by Chief Henry Speck, and his first major carving was an 8-foot pole that was carved for Lieutenant Governor Frank Ross, in 1957. He began to work in silver in 1970, and this became his medium of choice in later years. He exhibited at the Royal B.C. Museum’s ‘Legacy’ exhibition in 1972, under the Indian Heritage Coins section. Among his most famous commissions was a chalice that he carved for Pope John Paul II's 1984 visit to Ottawa. He trained his son, Lloyd Wadhams Jr, in wood and silver carving. Lloyd Wadhams Sr passed away in 1992.