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Elbow Adzes

Please Note:    Copper Edge Protectors  are sold separately
(Tools below do not come with edge protectors unless ordered separately.)

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Large Gutter Adze
$190      (temporarily out of stock)
Small picture of large gutter adze
Edge is 2" long with 3.5" dia. cup
Overall Weight is about 13 ounces
Large Straight Adze
$166       (temporarily out of stock)
Small picture of large straight adze
Edge is 1.75" long
Overall Weight is about 12 ounces
 
Small Gutter Adze
$162       add to cart
Small picture of small gutter adze
Edge is 1.5" long with 2.5" dia. cup
Overall Weight is about 9 ounces
Small Straight Adze
$144      add to cart
Small picture of small straight adze
Edge is 1.25" long
Overall Weight is about 8 ounces

Elbow Adze Irons

These are the same irons as the ones above, sold without the handles, to make them more affordable. A well made iron - properly curved and cupped, heat treated and sharpened - is the part that is outside the experience of most carvers. I am glad to provide that option, and I encourage it. Besides saving some money, there is just nothing like using a tool you've made yourself. They come with very good instructions (including a full scale pattern and seine twine for lashing).
Forged from round bars of the same high carbon steel I use for all my knives. They are each 6 inches long.
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Large Gutter Iron    $90     add to cart
Small picture of adze ilron, hand forged by North Bay Forge for whittling and general wood working.
Edge is 2" long with 3.5" dia. cup
Large Straight Iron    $66    add to cart
Small picture of adze ilron, hand forged by North Bay Forge for whittling and general wood working.
Edge is 1.75" long
 
Small Gutter Iron    $62    add to cart
Small picture of adze ilron, hand forged by North Bay Forge for whittling and general wood working
Edge is 1.5" long with 2.5" dia. cup
Small Straight Iron    $44    add to cart
Small picture of adze ilron, hand forged by North Bay Forge for whittling and general wood working
Edge is 1.25" long
 
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Bowl Adze

This adze was designed for a well renowned bowl maker, Rip Mann, who teaches classes along the US east coast. He has a nice website that is worth checking out.
I offer the Bowl Adze in two different weights. The light one is about 1# 12oz, the heavier about 2# 5oz. The lighter one's edge is a little narrower (about 2 1/2 inches, instead of 2 3/4 inches) and its handle is a bit thinner. They both have the same geometry (blade and handle length, and cutting angle) and are the same price. For people with smaller hands or whose wrists and forearms might appreciate a lighter tool, I recommend the lighter bowl adze. A heavier person with larger hands would probably prefer the heavier one.

$385.00    (temporarily out of stock)
Bowl Adze for wood carving. Jim Wester hand forges these razor sharp wood carving tools for hollowing and texturing wood.  Especially useful for carving wood bowls and masks.
ADZ - B    2.75" blade    #7 sweep     

If you order one of these, please indicate whether you want the light or heavy, in "special instructions"

Forging a blade

Two Handed Canoe Adzes

two handed canoe adze

Although the cutting action is similar to that of the single handed elbow adzes, these two handed adzes have advantages and disadvantages. They are certianly more powerful and less taxing on the forearm than the single handed adzes, as the whole body is more involved in the work. The drawback is that both hands are needed. So they probably aren't as useable for bowls and masks, where it is common pratice to hold and position the workpiece with one hand while swinging the adze with the other. But when the workpiece is firmly held down, these two handed adzes are powerful wood removers.
These adzes came about because some people in the remote outer islands of Yap State (in Micronesia) contacted me about making some large adzes for their canoe building. Here is an entry in their blog that tells about our collaboration.
To offer these adzes as part of my regular line I decided to put the bend in the steel, instead of the wood handle. The two holes in the shaft allow a very simple handle. There is no having to deal with a crook (as with the elbow adzes) or snugly fitting the handle into an oval hole.
Although these adzes could be used with a long handle (about 32 inches) to hew beams while standing on them and swinging the handle vertically, they are designed to be used with a shorter handle (about 23 inches) and swung horizontally.
I highly encourage people to make their own handles.
Blades are 3 1/2 inches across. Handles are 23 inches long.

Gutter, blade only      $275       add to cart
The edge has a rounded profile and is cupped to about a six inch diameter curve. The main bevel is 20 degrees, with a microbevel on the inside (concave side) of the blade. This is a very aggressive wood remover.
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Straight, blade only      $250       add to cart
The edge has a rounded profile and is very slightly curved on the bottom, so it doesn't dig in at the edges. The main bevel is rather fine at 15 degrees, with microbevel on the inside. This is not meant to be a big wood remover. It does a great job of flattening and cleaning up after the gutter adze.
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Handle       $45       add to cart
23 inches long, Cherry. Cross section of shaft is oval, 1 3/16" x 3/4".
image of two handed canoe adze handle


My carving knives are intended for serious wood carvers. They are razor sharp and can be very dangerous if used improperly. Please be careful and don't allow young people to use them unsupervised.

Your satisfaction is fully guaranteed. If you have a problem of any kind with one of my knives, please let me know. I will make it right with you.

 
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