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How do adzes work?

How do adzes work?

Adze chiseling away at wood

Adzes work in a similar way to chisels. When swung, the sharp-bladed head carves away slivers of wood.


Repeated swings carve away more and more material, allowing you to make a surface smooth, remove bark or hollow out a piece of wood.

Adze cutting through wood
Adze used to sharpen pencils

Using an adze takes skill and practice. In Norway, carpenters sometimes compete to show off their skills by being the best at sharpening pencils using long-handled adzes. They turn the pencils around with their feet!

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