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Cooper's Adze

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T4168
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1700 - 1900

Maker Information

Manufacturer:J Rogerson - View biography for J Rogerson


This woodworking tool is called an adze. It was used by a Cooper for making barrels.Coopers were important rural craftsmen. They made many necessary household items such as barrels, casks, tubs, buckets and bowls. Like all craftsmen the Cooper used a highly specialised set of tools. The adze, a robust short handled tool, was used to shape the ends of the barrel in a process known as 'chiming'.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Material(s):Ash wood
Place of Origin:Sheffield, Yorkshire, England


Height:21.7 cm
Width:22 cm
Depth:6.5 cm