A group of twenty-two stone adzes, koi, Hawaiian Islands
height of largest 3 1/2in
Adzes, koi, were the most important wood-cutting tool available to Hawaiians. Many adze blades were made from stone, shaped to make a particular type of cut, that is, wide, narrow, or shallow. (Summers, 1999:55) The vast majority of surviving Hawaiian adzes are large, of uniform shape, and were utilized for the carving of canoes and other sizable objects. This collection is unique in being composed exclusively of small adzes of varying sizes, shapes, and types of stone. They were used in the carving of small manufactures, as well as the final stages of larger objects.