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Detail of an Adze Adze Adze Photograph of a carver making a bowl Photograph of making a wooden bowl

Adze
Matau Vatu

The hafting platform is carved at an acute angle to the handle and the adze blade is attached with tightly bound sinnet fibre. Adzes were general-purpose woodworking tools, used for roughing out objects like large yaqona bowls and canoes. The stone, usually made of basalt in this area, was chipped into shape with a hammer stone, then shaped by rubbing with wet sand on special purpose stone grinding grooves until the desired final shape and polish was reached. A high sheen was imparted to the stone by rubbing with shark or ray skin.
Reg. Number: X2256
Acquistion Details: Acquisition details unknown
Dimensions: L.355mm L.blade and socket 245mm
MV Collection object
Adze
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