A beautiful handmade elbow adze for your woodworking pleasure. An adze is an
ancient and versatile cutting tool similar to an axe but with the cutting edge
perpendicular to the handle rather than parallel. They have been used since the
Stone Age. Adzes are used for smoothing or carving wood in hand woodworking,
and as digging tools (hoe). An elbow adze is an ancient tool used primarily for
boat building and bowl carving. It is ideally suited for hollowing out a shape,
such as a bowl. The adzes I offer are handmade from a solid Brazilian Cherry
(Jatoba), jointed blanks to a comfortable thickness of about one inch. The
handle is about 13 inches long from the tip of the elbow to the base. The head
is about 5 inches long and the blade extends about 1 inch beyond the head. The
blade has been epoxied into a channel cut in the head then wrapped with a very
strong nylon string. Under the string, a decorative square dowel is inserted to
increase blade stability. These adzes are handmade, so each adze is unique and
slightly different. The blades are bullnose, chrome plated, high speed steel,
measuring 4.2 x 1.2 x 0.1 inches.
USES: This adze can be used to hollow out bowls of appropriate size, to shape
a boat bottom or similar light duty tasks. These adzes are NOT designed for
rough work for they will not tolerate rough use. Use them to make small precise
chips and cuts to form your object. If you are handy, you can grind the corners
of the blade to round it a bit for better control (do this at your own risk and
will void the warrantee).
One adze per order.