Ralph Williams is a self taught artist working exclusively with wood.   His carving reflects a life-long interest in the natural world and an appreciation of his chosen medium.


Having worked for many years in the chemical industry and for a short time in the Department of Ornithology of the Natural History Museum, he achieved one of two ambitions to become self employed in forestry and woodcarving.   After 26 years the second was realized when he moved to Cornwall.


Ralph collects and seasons most of the timber himself, keeping large stocks of favourites including walnut, yew, plane and laburnum.   He specializes in bird sculptures.


His most satisfying commissions include trophies for the RSPB’s Young Ornithologists Club, a variety of BBC Wildlife competitions and on several occasions for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award, with its international dimension.


While living in Hertfordshire he restored many of the Gothic revival carvings in the college chapel at Ashridge.


In 1977 he was elected a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists.


His work can be seen in galleries from Cornwall to Edinburgh and is represented in private collections not only throughout Britain, but in Europe, the United States and Australasia.


RALPH WILLIAMS