Adze, rabitting; [?]; [?]; CT83.1472e
Adze, rabittingAbout this object
Rabbiting adze; an iron adze with a flat, squared blade. A notch is cut from one side of the blade. This has a long, carved wooden handle. This type of adze was used by rabbiters when setting their traps, the notch in the blade was used to straighten the rabbit peg.Maker
processed material, metal, iron
organic, vegetal, wood
h 90mm x l 470mm x w 160mm
From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".Object Type
My husband was a rabbitter at Mokotua, and explained to me that the notch straightens anything that gets buckled on the rabbit trap(including the peg) The hammer end of the adze is for banging the spike in, and the blade is for digging holes - rabbits are attracted to newly tilled ground(he said) We have a small adze still in our possession, and I could decipher 'Edgell'and 'Forge' moulded on the blade - two other words were only partly legible, with the tool having been used so much. it looks quite similar to the model you have pictured.