News From Terre Haute, Indiana


September 29, 2013

HISTORICAL TREASURE: Watch crafters using adzes at Pioneer Days

TERRE HAUTE — Those who have gone to Pioneer Days at Fowler Park may have seen a small adze used to make wooden bowls. An adze is a tool used to shape, level and smooth wood to make a variety of items. A straight-blade adze is used to make flat surfaces, and a curved adze hollows wood to make objects such as bowls, gutters and canoes. An adze resembles an axe, with the exception that the adze blade is mounted at a right angle to the handle, called a haft.  

Early adzes were made of stone. Later, copper and bronze were used. Handles were made of wood. Today, the adze is made of steel. Shipbuilders, coopers, carpenters, firefighters and home builders are some of the professions that used adzes.

This tool comes in two sizes. The small version can be used with one hand. The large ones are called foot adzes. These each have a long handle to provide a powerful swing using both hands. Even though an adze is a versatile tool, it has been replaced by more technologically advanced tools in factories. Craftsmen and craftswomen still use adzes in making specialty items.

Pioneer Days is scheduled for the first weekend in October. Visitors can see Historical Society members reenacting everyday chores in the Peker Cabin and watch crafters using adzes to make bowls in the Foltz Cabin and the carpenter’s shop.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News Poll
AP Video
World's Tallest Water Slide: See It for Yourself Four Kids, Two Adults Shot Dead Near Houston Kim Kardashian Hits Up Valentino Show in Paris Connecticut Boy Dies Inside Parked Car Police: Prostitute Accused in Overdose Death Fans Dying to Be Near Jazz Greats Robots Gearing Up for Their Own 'World Cup' Israeli Offensive Escalates in Gaza Attack Israeli-Palestinian Tensions, Attacks Escalate Chimp-attack Victim Lobbies Congress Service Held for 200 Whose Bodies Went Unclaimed Police: Prostitute Linked to 2nd Death Argentina to Face Germany in World Cup Final APNewsBreak: Different Attackers in Benghazi? Raw: Obama Shoots Pool in Denver Raw: Australia Hosts Annual Beer Can Regatta Neighbors Mourn Killing of Texas Family Art of Haitian Machete Fighting Revived "Hotwives" Spoofs Reality TV Teachers Get Lesson in Interactive Technology
NDN Video
Tiny Hamsters Who Ate Burritos are Back for a Tiny Hedgehog's Party Watch Kelly Ripa Get Soaked! 'Referee' Hands Out Yellow Cards for Social Faux Pas in NYC 2014 Emmy Nominees: 8 Snub Shockers Emma Watson Is Va-Va-Voom in Valentino 7 Infamous Sports Blowouts Argentina tops Holland in World Cup semifinals News flush: Japanese toilet exhibition making a splash Emmy Nominations: What to Watch For 'Game of Thrones' Leads 66th Emmy Awards Nominations Photographic 'Proof' That LeBron Is Leaving Miami - @TheBuzzeronFOX Elephant Pool Party at The Oregon Zoo Must-See! Berry and Fallon Form Human Hamster Wheel Pilot buys pizzas for travelers delayed by storm Klose nets record, Germany rout Brazil 7-1 'Purrmanently Sad Cat' Looks Adorably Sad All the Time Pharrell 'humbled' by success of mega-hit 'Happy' Day After: Brazil Reeling in WC Loss Jennifer Lawrence Facepalms Emma Watson Athletes Bare All for ESPN Magazine's Body Issue

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010