What is an adze?
An adze (also known as an adz) is a sharpened piece of metal attached to a handle that is mainly used for shaping, smoothing or carving wood.
It is a versatile tool that has many uses, including hollowing out chair seats, bowls, troughs and canoes...
...flattening the surface of logs to make them into wooden beams...
...sculpting, carving and bending wood...
...and gaining favour with the Polynesian god of trees.
Adze heads also appear as attachments on other tools.
On ice axes, they are used for creating steps in snow-covered slopes and digging trenches and seats in snow.
Adze heads on mattocks are used for digging or hoeing.
Adze heads also appear on Halligan bars, which are tools frequently used by firemen in the United States when they need to prise open locked doors.