What is an adze?
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Image of an adze, a tool made of a sharpened metal head attached to a metal handle that is used for shaping wood 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. Buy Carpenters Adze & Handle
Image of a woodworker using an adze to hollow out a bowl It is a versatile tool that has many uses, including hollowing out chair seats, bowls, troughs and canoes...
Image of a carpenter debarking a tree trunk using an adze ...flattening the surface of logs to make them into wooden beams...
Image of a sculptor carving a totem pole from wood using a selection of adzes ...sculpting, carving and bending wood...
Image of the Polynesian god of trees, Tane, who the Polynesians believed first taught them how to bind a sharpened stone onto a wooden branch to make an adze ...and gaining favour with the Polynesian god of trees.
Wonkee Donkee explains how adzes are related to the Polynesian god of trees
Adze attachments
Image of an ice axe showing the location of the adze head attachment 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.
Image of a DIYer using the adze head on a mattock to dig their garden Adze heads on mattocks are used for digging or hoeing.
Image of a halligan bar adze and spike attachment, used by the US fire service 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.