Elbow adze - ROM2005_5314_1


Elbow adze

Maker: Northern Tlingit
Medium:Handle is made of alder, blade from a heavy file and is attached to handle with thongs of moose or caribou skin
Geography: Lynn Canal/Chilkat River, Alaska, USA
Date: late 19th-early 20th century
65.5 x 19 x 6.8 cm
Object number: 939.31.69
Credit Line: George T. Emmons Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionNorthwest Coast peoples used a number of adze styles to shape wood. The elbow adze is the largest style and can be wielded with two hands. Adze heads were originally made of stone but were rapidly replaced by metal following European contact in the 1700s. Alder is a preferred wood for the haft as it is soft to carve when green and retains a spring-like action after it has dried.
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