Ernest Joly

Born: 1904

Ernest Joly. Sculptor. Woodcarver. Chomedey, Quebec. Active mid-20th century.

Ernest Joli was a maker of whirligigs and bird houses. His mechanisms for the whirligigs were highly inventive; incorporating parts from early milk separators and bicycle wheels.  Some of them were carved and painted  boats that ‘sailed’ in the wind through painted wooden waves. Mr. Joly mounted them on wagon wheels facing the wind. He was first mentioned in Les Patenteux-du-Quebec.


Ref: Les Patenteux du Qubec. Louise de Grosbois, Raymonde Lamothe and Lise Nantel, Les Editions Parti Pris, Montreal, 1978.