Graphical Construction Glossary >> Tools. >> Hand Tools >> Adze
This tool as been around since prehistory. Made from bone, flint, copper and iron. The photograph above shows two small hand-adzes that are from the first century AD in the collection of the British Museum, London.
The one with the reconstructed handle is just about identical to ones used by Greek formwork carpenters 20 or 30 years ago. It may look a clumsy thing, but believe me, in the hands of some of the former boat builders from the island of Kalimnos it was a fast and accurate tool.
They are similar to axes except that the blade is at right angles to the handles and while they are not used to cut down trees they are very effecient in shaping timber into conplicated shapes
The two large adzes here are large shipwrights tools with a hammer poll. The hammer end got plenty of use and it is common to see them with the curled over hammer faces.
A few axes and a couple of adzes. Once again they are shiprights tools. From the collection of the Museum at the Chatham Dockyard in England a selection of adzes and axes.
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