Meaning of ADZE in English


or adz

Hand tool for shaping wood.

A handheld stone chipped to form a blade, it is one of the earliest tools, and was used widely in the Neolithic periods. By Egyptian times, it had acquired a wooden haft (handle) with a copper or {{link=bronze">bronze blade set flat at the top of the haft to form a T. In this form but with a steel blade, it continued to be the prime hand tool for shaping and trimming wood; the carpenter stands on or astride a log or other piece of timber, swinging the adze like a pick, down and between the legs.

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