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  1. Making a hat block

    Hat blocks: I've been searching for a reasonable priced hat for mid 17th century. No one has hat blanks with both a tall crown and wide brim. I'm told no one makes em that big anymore. So, either it was have a hat custom made, and pay some bucks, or learn how to do it myself, which is kinda what I'm about these days. I'm pretty handy and I took a couple of unshaped hats and got pretty close to what I'm looking for just using a couple of bowls. the problem is, the shape is close, but the hat is not big enough for my head, if I put the hat stretcher on it, it starts to get funny looking again. I'm also making a compromise on the brim size, I really want the tall crown, the brim size is negotiable So I'm posting an antique hat block I found on eBay which is similar to the shape I want (but very expensive), followed by my first attempt at blocking my hat. as I said the shape is close, but when stretched to fit my noggin, it starts to come undone a bit. What follows is the start of a project to make my own hat block. I started with a 6 in wide mahogany board, why mahogany? to be brief, I didnt want poplar and I know mahogany is fairly easy to work. The 6 inches is roughly the height of the hat crown. I measured the widest part of a wool hat that fit me, then took the perpendicular measurement. I measured out the pieces to be glued together. Cut them in a trapezoid shape, the bottom slightly larger than the widest part of my head, the top slightly larger that the shape I desired on top. The center pieces are full size, the outermost sides are slightly smaller, because the finished rounded size is smaller. I'm gluing two pieces of wood together at a time, then I will glue the larger pieces together. After that I will start shaping. so look for Part II at a later date.
  2. Gentlemen's Hat Boxes

    Perusing the 18th Century Material Culture's Facebook page ( ) I came across these little gems. Wooden tricorn hat boxes. Who knew?
  3.!/pages/The-Sea-Purl/284576348248846?sk=info This my @ home business! Everything is handmade on round knitting looms!! Take a look @ my photo gallery on Facebook. if interested message me here or on facebook for prices and ect! thanks! Love & Blessings Shana