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Description: A zax with a wooden handle. It would have been used by a slate tiler, for cutting, trimming and punching nail holes in slate. The blade edge is used to split slate, while the point is used to pierce square holes for mounting the slate on the roof or making a series of small holes marking a line where the slate is broken over a slater's iron. The tool is mounted to a laterally offset handle to protect the user's hand from sharp slate chips. (Ref:

Format: realia
Object: tools
Material: iron;  wood


Subjects: tools

Institution: George Town and District Historical Society Inc.

Object number: GTH_PS0564

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