|I consider the bowl adze a specialized tool for bowl making. For those interested in a more general use adze
I would suggest the more versatile and less expensive elbow adzes, discussed below |
The gutter adzes, with their cupped edges, are best for aggressive removal of wood, cutting cross grain and hollowing out.
I recommend most people start with the small gutter adze. For people not accustomed to swinging an adze for an extended period or
whose wrists and forearms might appreciate a lighter tool, the small gutter adze is a joy to use. The large adzes weigh about 11 ounces,
the small ones are about 7 ounces. The large gutter adze is intended for the more serious woodcarver, who will not be bothered by the heavier weight
of a tool that will certainly hog off more wood at the end of the day
The two straight adzes are both flat. However, because of their curved edges, there is a small amount of cup along their edges.
So their cutting action on a flat board is forgiving and more of a shallow scoop than a straight edge cut like a plane iron would make.
The straight adzes are best for texturing poles and flat surfaces. They are great for "cutting-to-the-line" quickly and accurately.
If you are a bit confused about which adze might be best to purchase, please don't hesitate to contact me. I may be able to make your decision
easier by convincing you to buy a chain-saw instead!