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Museum of the Hooked Rug (Les Trois Pignons)

Adz, Carpenter's


Accession number: 6-997
Category: Woodworking T&E
Date: before 1982
Materials: metal
Measurements: 27.94 cm L
Description: Flat bladed adz head, missing the handle and covered in rust. The blade widens towards the bevelled cutting edge, in an elongated bell shape. There is a rectangular eye, through which a wooden handle would normally be attached between the blade and the pin. The cylindrical-shaped pin protrudes from the eye to remove any unwanted wood or nails. 
History of Use: Used since the stone age, an adz is a tool, similar to an axe, for cutting the surface of wood. Flat bladed adzes are used to plane large pieces of timber, often leaving attractive blade marks on the surface. While ancient adz heads were constructed of stone (like flint, shale, jade and obsidian), shell, bone, copper or iron, modern adz heads are usually made of coated high grain steel to prevent rusting, and hard wood, like hickory, for the handle.