Northwest Coast Elbow Adze

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Project by Jamie posted 02-26-2021 12:21 AM 672 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The gutter blade was purchased from Kestrel Tools in northwest Washington. They provide excellent instructions on how to make your own handle and fasten the blade with tarred seine fishing twine.

I made my handle from an 8/4 rift sawn hickory board. The head was reinforced with an epoxied hard wood dowel. I found shaping the handle was easiest using a spokeshave and Auriou file. Put one coat of shellac on it. I am thinking of putting baseball bat pitch wax on the handle for better grip, a David Fisher trick. Some people rough it up with carved divots but I hear they can really rough up your hand.

I plan on using it to hollow green wood bowls and large spoons. I am also going to give some of the Northwest traditional aboriginal crafts ago such as the ladle, canoe bowls and bent wood boxes. The kestrel tool site has great free videos of Gregg making these crafts.

-- Jamie, Red Deer

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#1 posted 02-26-2021 12:57 AM

Nice shape. Looks like a quality tool that will last quite a while.

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#2 posted 02-26-2021 02:40 AM

Good looking tool. nice job….......

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 02-26-2021 02:56 AM

Very nice. Interesting use of the lashing. I have not seen that before.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 02-26-2021 04:36 AM

I like this a lot! Nice job.

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#5 posted 02-27-2021 07:49 AM

Considering all, it adze up to a decent tool.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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