Ralph was raised on a farm in Yarmouth, NS. He joined the Canadian Army as a private soldier in the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1937. He retired in 1964 as a captain and returned to Central Chebogue (near Yarmouth, NS) with his wife Winnie. There they resumed farm life until 2002 when they moved to St John, NB to live with their daughter. He is perhaps best known for the many birds he carved from driftwood obtained during outings into the outback regions of Nova Scotia. Ralph died in 2007. The Snake Charmer is probably over 30 years old and came from a private collection belonging to a close friend . One of Ralph’s pieces, ‘Circus Train’, is part of the folk art collection of The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Writer Marc d'Entremont has written an interesting article about Ralph Eyre