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#34291 - 11/29/17 10:10 AM Re: historic hewing questionnaire ***** [Re: northern hewer]
Cecile en Don Wa Offline
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I was just reading closer the caption under the picture, using my reading glasses also this time and now see that while the old codger is in fact a millwright, he was called in to do work on the roof construction of the church in the Hague - better known to the most of you as home to many convicted international war criminals - which is what the photo shows.
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#34294 - 11/30/17 07:09 PM Re: historic hewing questionnaire [Re: northern hewer]
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Originally Posted By: Dave Shepard
...We find no evidence of the adze in our area...


My observation would be, from an appropriate restoration perspective (or reconstruction point of view) Dave's initial observation shared above is very accurate.

If a given region does not present in its historic timber frame architecture the evidence of adz work, then with regards to the given ethos of..."like for like, in means, methods and materials"...the use of an adz would be an unwarranted system, and out of context for said work.

In general, regarding adze work itself...my experience and observation would be it is both a regional, cultural and time period based matter. For some regions and cultures, adz work is the primary finishing method left on timber and plank, with perhaps further refinement with a planning methods within a given wood culture's practice. In other regions (as Dave has shared) the axe (in one of its various forms) is the only system used to shape and/or finish large timber.

Another perspective on the subject, would be the apparent fact, that if adz work was not a common event within some regions, and/or at some time or place in history, then there would not be as many of the tools left in collections as we can find in some areas. Clear evidence that they were employed extensively at times and in certain places...
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#34295 - 11/30/17 08:18 PM Re: historic hewing questionnaire [Re: northern hewer]
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There are plenty of adzes in my area, as well as many rafter and joist reductions. I also see where timbers that need a little adjusting are possibly reduced with an adze, such as girts that are a touch deep. I also see floor planks that are adzed to thickness only at the floor joists.
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#34296 - 12/03/17 06:42 AM Re: historic hewing questionnaire [Re: northern hewer]
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Yes, I love to grab for the adz whenever there is the need.
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#34297 - 12/06/17 12:26 PM Re: historic hewing questionnaire [Re: northern hewer]
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They do indeed have (most certainly) have a place in our work...even today!! Not a skill to be left forgotten by any of us...if we are to practice fully our craft ...I most surely agree! I too love grabbing one of the many adz in whatever iteration.

I would add, for those that have (and can if possible) getting there hands on some of the Eastern European, Middle Eastern and Asian style tools of these forms...be it ax, adz of spear plane...

For me, they are the most effective and refined for "modern interpretations" of the heritage folk style wood shaping systems...


Edited by Jay White Cloud (12/06/17 12:27 PM)
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