Stone-dressing axe

identifier

MOT V 96.0302

morphology

morphology

craft

holotype

MOT V 96.0302 L=42cm WD=25cm WT=1840gr

alias

marteline (syn.) (HASLINGHUIS: 575)
alias
Hatchet (syn.)
description

Axe-shaped tool with one, usually two axe-shaped, straight cutting edges that are in the same plane as the handle (approx. 40-60 cm), for working natural stone. The cutting edge has an angle between 10 ° - for working soft stone types - and 40 ° for hard stone types.

The stonemason uses this dressing axe mainly to remove the excess material from soft stones. It is also used to flatten natural stone after it has been roughly worked with the stone-dressing pick or the pointed chisel, as well as in finishing to give the stone a ribbed appearance (see also charring chisel). [MOT]