Nelphas Prevost

Born: 1904  |  Died: 2001

Emile Nelphas Prevost. Sculptor. Wood carver. Fassett, Quebec. Active mid 20th century.

Born in Saint-Andre-d’Avellin, he was famous for his carved and painted violins and highly carved violin cases. He also carved animals and birds in paint (‘as found’ colors) and varnished. Nelphas Prevost started carving in his spare time in the woods where he worked as a lumberjack. He made his first violin for his father-in-law in the 1930’s when he and his wife were living on the family farm. Nelphas himself was an accomplished fiddle player.  Nelphas Prevost’s work  has been collected and published by the Canadian Museum of History and is in many private collections. Most of his work was not signed.

A carving of a Bird by Nelphas Prevost:

A carving of a Bird by Nelphas Prevost

A carving of a Bird by Nelphas Prevost


Some background on Nelphas Prevost can be found here (Can. Museum of History):