Walter Joseph Jr. was born on April 15, 1957. He is member of the Frog Clan of Hagwilget Carrier. Walter learned woodcarving from his father, Walter Joseph, a fine mask carver. Walter mostly carved small one figure poles and plagues in Ksan style. In 1977 Walter attended VCC Langara Campus where he came in contact with Haida carver Don Yeomans, whom greatly influenced his print style.