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07-20-2015 09:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: antique tool adze axe bushcraft

This thread is for Adze related information. Please post Adze related photos and discussion here.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov


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#1 posted 07-20-2015 09:07 PM

I have a number of hand adze and will post some photos when I get a chance.

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#2 posted 07-20-2015 09:12 PM

Using an adze to make a bowl.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbHcFw92B1A

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#3 posted 07-20-2015 10:34 PM

WayneC-
Good idea. Totally unmarked. Laminated steel edge that a file skates off of without effect. Slowly, as the mood
moves me, I’m grinding past the pits in the steel with 50 and 80 grit sandpaper. I have intentions to sharpen it up to beard shaving sharpness. The handle has been removed and replacement Hickory handle is being refined.
Because I don’t know any better I call it a cooper’s adze. If I’m a good boy I’ll find a hand bowl adze and a lipped ship’s adze for cheap at a flea market someday.

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#4 posted 07-20-2015 11:14 PM

Mine needs a handle.

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#5 posted 07-21-2015 01:15 AM

Upchuck, I think you are correct on the belief this is a cooper’s adze. Looks pretty nice. Get to work sharpening it up.

Don, I have one that needs a handle too. I just got some Hickory and plan to turn a handle for it.

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#6 posted 07-21-2015 01:16 AM

Here’s my carpenter’s adze. Fairly pitted but someone has done some work to remove the pitting on the non beveled flat face so it should be able to work pretty well. I got it because it was a good deal, but as far as I understand the use, it’s a different method of getting the same result as a broad axe/hatchet which I also have. I too would like a bowl adze. What’s a lipped ship adze like, Chuck?

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#7 posted 07-21-2015 01:27 AM

Info on types of Adze

http://www.wonkeedonkeetools.co.uk/adzes/what-are-the-different-types-of-adze/

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#8 posted 07-21-2015 02:00 AM

Tim-
Here are a couple examples:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/KELLER-TORKER-6-LIPPED-ADZE-PORTLAND-OREGON-VERY-FINE-AND-RARE-/271819490255?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f49b443cf

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Adze-Vintage-Collins-5-Blade-Legitimus-Wood-Worker-Shipwright-Adz-USA-/281748500883?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item419984f193

To my mind a lipped ship adze as the photos show is one with the main cutting edge curving away at a steep (90 degrees or thereabouts) angle for a short distance. In use this would avoid leaving tracks sort of like (but different) to cambering a planes blade. Some think that a ship adze should also have a spike on the end away from the cutting edge for driving metal fasteners below the surface that is to be cut with the edge.
Also a broad axe would be difficult to to use on a ships deck. Boats come in a bunch of different shapes and have a bunch of different angles located in a bunch of difficult to reach places.
chuck

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#9 posted 07-29-2015 05:36 PM

A pair of Spanish Bellota’s..bigger one came as a flat style from L/V, modified it to curved, the I other think I paid 99 cents for at a surplus store maybe 40 years ago, a tack hammer that got a new life .



pair of full size ones, curved one w/original handle , no name, .The lighter spot on that handle is where the auction house put the sellers number in felt pen..

could do more work on the flat blade one, no name but made in Galt, Ontario, it came as a donation from x the street as a chicken coop and other old stuff was ripped out for a new house, obviously had been used as a grub hoe

Amazingly our local old time hardware stocks new handles..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#10 posted 07-30-2015 12:31 AM

Interesting, Chuck, thanks. I’ve actually seen those now that I think of it.

Nice collection Glen.

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#11 posted 08-01-2015 08:18 PM

I had posted pictures in another topic, totally unaware this one existed—but to join in the fun, I thought I’d post again here. (Thanks upchuck!)

This is a polled adze I recently acquired at an estate sale—the maker’s mark is not one that I recognize—but I’m no expert. If any one recognizes it, I would very much like to learn more about it’s likely origin.

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The only text I can make out is A (I/L/D?) E S and (_ ?) R (A?) N T . There appears to be either a crown, or a Fleur de Lis mark, with a large “S” above it. There also appears to be a large “2”... possibly a ‘figure 8’ figure below the marks and text.

I’ll be putting a handle on it in the next few months—hoping to put an edge on it and maybe put it to work, leaving the rest of it just about as is.

- Lucky

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#12 posted 08-02-2015 01:48 AM

The only text I can make out is A (I/L/D?) E S and ( ?) R (A?) N T .

- Lucky

- luckysawdust


Hey Lucky-
Allow me to continue to be marginally helpful (very marginally I’m afraid)...I’ll bet you a bright new shiny dime that your “(
?) R (A?) N T” will translate into “WARRANTED” or something like that when you find out the rest. Warranted was a common imprint on old steel tools to indicate quality or some such from the maker. It’s the rest of the imprint that will identify the maker of your tool. Let us know when you find out.
chuck

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