Odessa Belisle

Born: Active mid-2oth century.

Odessa Belisle. Sculptor. Wood carver. Saint-Antoine, Quebec. Active mid-20th Century.

Odessa Belisle was a maker of Horse drawn farm wagons. She made farm wagons of every kind seen around a farm in 19th century Quebec. Her equipment and harnessing  was accurate and complete; from axes and cant hooks on the logging sleds to the family dog running alongside. She worked with Pine wood, metal, leather and bright ‘as found’ oil based house paints. She usually inscribed in pen on the bottom of her carvings: ‘Odessa Belisle, 1475 Rte 41, St. Antoine, Que.”

Here is a detail from one of her carvings. Loading a sled with firewood (1960’s):

Odessa Belisle. Sculptor. St. Antoine, Quebec. Sleigh Carving detail.

Odessa Belisle. Sculptor. St. Antoine, Quebec. Sleigh Carving detail.