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A basalt adze head used for woodworking.
Nephrite continues to be valued for its rarity and beauty. Used for making prestigious items like this adze, this was once owned by a chief. The blade is an heirloom and a symbol of authority and when a new chief was proclaimed the blade would be lashed onto a new handle.
A stone adze head that would have been used for carving large pieces of wood.
A stone adze head (toki) that would have been bound to a wooden haft and used in carving.
This carefully ground and polished adze would have taken a craftsman many hours of work to complete. It comes from Peru and would be likely to have been used to cut wood by farmers.
This is a ground and polished stone adze from Canada. The fine finish on this tool is the result of many hours work by a craftsman. The finished product would probably have been put into a handle before being used in woodworking tasks.
Adze consisting of wooden shaft with metal-encased butt and a decorated head.