LARGE PRE-CONTACT HAWAIIAN ADZE FOUND AT CHINAMAN'S HAT
12.5" Length x 3.5" At Widest x 1.5" Thickness
Weight 4lbs 15oz
ADZES: Imagine a world with no knives or cutting blades made out of metal. This was the world of the Hawaiians. The primary tool for cutting, chopping, forming and shaping was the stone adze (adz). On a grand scale the adze was used for cutting trees and shaping canoes. On a smaller scale, the adze was used to carve idols, shape calabash bowls and cut plant material. The Bishop Museum has adzes in their collection from almost two feet down to an inch. Adzes were made out of dense basalt. The finest were made at the Mauna Kea quarry on the Island of Hawaii. This preserved area shows evidence of large-scale quarry, which had permanent workers. Mauna Kea black adzes are among the most prized. Their cutting edge could be razor sharp. The following Adzes are but a few samples. The Hawaiian Adze is unique among Pacific cultures and is called a hafted adze. The adze would be fastened to a special handle that would enable the user to swing it in a cutting motion. Sometime the adze would be fastened at the end of a stick and used like a chisel. Other adze were in fact fashioned like chisels and hit with a stone. Along with the Poi Pounder, the adze was the Hawaiian's most important stone implement.