The hard, glassy volcanic lava from which this adze is made might be from New Zealand’s North Island.
Tattooing was practised throughout Polynesia.
Adze consisting of wooden shaft with metal-encased butt and a decorated head.
A small stone adze for refining the carving work done by larger adzes.
Prior to the availability of metal tools stone was the main domestic tool for carving.
A lightweight and well-balanced adze, probably used in wood-carving.
This is a ground and polished stone axe head from Canada.
A wooden haft and binding ready to be attached to a thick stone blade that would be used for carving canoes and other large wooden structures.
A missing cutting stone would have been mounted onto the haft of this adze and bound tight into place.
The main cutting stone would have been mounted onto the haft of this adze.
This carved adze haft has eyes made from paua shell.
A fine basalt adze that was attached to a haft to carve large pieces of wood e.
A fragmented toki or stone adze for carving large pieces of wood.
This stone adze would have been attached to a wooden haft so that it could be used to carve large pieces of wood, such as canoes and house timbers.
This small stone adze would have been attached to a wooden haft so that it could be used in wood carving.
A stone adze head that would have been bound to a wooden haft for the purpose of carving.
Made from basalt (manutea), this hogback adze (toki) is common to eastern Polynesia and would have been used to fell tress and carve canoes.
Label on stone adze “Originally a Haitian Indian’s hatchet: later a Talisman of a Negro sorcerer in Haiti.
It is said that adze stones (emoa) were acquired from the sea bottom.