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Historyteach24
01-20-2011, 08:18 AM
Just looking for a good website that has some choices of hat bands and feathers. Is the bay good for such things?

HeyMoe
01-20-2011, 08:25 AM
Here is a link on how to make your own hatband if you are inclinded to do so:

http://dalexs.whitvani.net/hat/hatpage.html

It's actually really easy - the only thing not mentioned is how to get a curve in the grosgrain so it matches the hat. What I do is cut the ribbon to length and place it under a hot iron. Press down with the iron and grasp one corner of the ribbon and pull. Doing this will cause a nice arc in the ribbon.

Neophyte
01-20-2011, 08:31 AM
DavidMorgan sells puggarres (sp?) and feathers in their Hat Accessories (http://www.davidmorgan.com/index.php?cPath=2_29) page. The feathers come as a pack, though, and you've no say over the style or colors. They're cheap, though. Good luck!

HeyMoe
01-20-2011, 08:41 AM
personally I have never been a fan of feathers, wonder how popular they are here on the FL?

Historyteach24
01-20-2011, 08:46 AM
I love my pork pie with a nice red feather in it. Just my personal preference as you know I by no means wear expensive hats but I think a feather and a nice band that matches the outfit gives a touch of class.

HeyMoe
01-20-2011, 08:57 AM
Good point teach

Neophyte
01-20-2011, 09:11 AM
I love my pork pie with a nice red feather in it. Just my personal preference as you know I by no means wear expensive hats but I think a feather and a nice band that matches the outfit gives a touch of class.

I agree. Two instances that have proven this to me are a fellow Lounger's brown Campdraft with a small red feather and a black porkpie with an antique playing card behind the band. I loved the look of both, and the latter is the inspiration for my latest custom hat idea.

Mobile Vulgus
01-20-2011, 09:19 AM
personally I have never been a fan of feathers, wonder how popular they are here on the FL?

First thing I do before I even try it on is get rid of the feather.

Neophyte
01-20-2011, 09:27 AM
lol Ya mean like Knudsen Hat's "Jeb Stewart"? lol:

http://www.knudsenhats.com/Hatdept/customhats/jeb-stewart/jeb-stewart_lrg.jpg

gtdean48
01-20-2011, 09:36 AM
personally I have never been a fan of feathers, wonder how popular they are here on the FL?

All feathers that came on any of my hats are in a box in the attic...

Historyteach24
01-20-2011, 09:53 AM
All feathers that came on any of my hats are in a box in the attic...

Wanna ship em to me? lol
Neophyte How did you know my next hat purchase?! lol

gtdean48
01-20-2011, 10:10 AM
Wanna ship em to me? lol
...

I'll see what I have next time up there & let you know...probably won't cost but a stamp to mail since they are .......wait for it.....Lite as a Feather!!!!

Sorry about that....just couldn't stop myself....

azhiker
01-20-2011, 10:16 AM
Oh my, well I wear feathers sometimes, but it seems they are a 'regional' item. I was told by my hatter here in Detroit that 90% of the customers here wear feathrs in their hats. I like a good neutral feather, but my wife scoured up one for each color of the rainbow when I bought my Biltmore Astair. She is more a fan of them than I am. IM me withyour address, I can give ya 4-5 of different colors!

Panamabob
01-20-2011, 10:17 AM
Send me an address and I'll throw some feathers your way.

zetwal
01-20-2011, 10:18 AM
Send me an address and I'll throw some feathers your way.

That rocks! ;)

Historyteach24
01-20-2011, 11:50 AM
Yea honestly you guys are the best, I am super glad I found this forum.

fmw
01-20-2011, 01:01 PM
He'll do it, too. He sent me a small collection of hat bands to update my Panama. Three cheers for Bob.

HeyMoe
01-20-2011, 01:15 PM
First thing I do before I even try it on is get rid of the feather.

Same here.....

scottyrocks
01-20-2011, 01:24 PM
Over the years, Ive had feathers in the hats, and feathers off the hats. I just looked, and currently, none of my hats have feathers. And theyll probably stay that way.

danofarlington
01-20-2011, 02:48 PM
I just looked, and currently, none of my hats have feathers. And theyll probably stay that way.

I agree with you.

T Rick
01-20-2011, 03:18 PM
When I was a teenager, I had a denim Western styled hat from Levi. A friend took a peacock feather I had laying around for some reason and put it in the hat. I actually wore it that way a few times (my friend died the next year and I left the feather there as a tribute to him). I think that hat is still around somewhere in a storage unit I've had for years...

My hats these days, I don't envision putting any feathers in them (they are fifty cents each at Henry The Hatter BTW). But if I buy a hat and it comes with it, it is likely to stay that way. Not sure why. One of my Open Roads came with one, and I figure if it's been there since new, why disturb it's 30 or 40 year roost. Same on my Stingy Bond Fifty.

Then again, I've also left the one that came on my new Stetson Nostalgia. So far.

Rodkins
02-08-2011, 07:55 AM
I'm not a feather guy, but I have a drawer full. The first thing I do when I get a new hat is remove the feather. If anyone is looking for a particular color combo, let me know and I'll ship it to you if I have it.

Engrishman
02-08-2011, 11:11 AM
I know it's not legal in the United States, but as a Canadian, I'm wondering if I can own raptor feathers and use them to garnish a fedora. Not necessarily eagle feathers, but things from falcons.

The law seems rather hazy to me, because I could have sworn I've seen first nations folks selling dreamcatchers with raptor feathers on the tips. I may end up buying one and using that on a fedora, instead.

Neophyte
02-08-2011, 11:30 AM
Off topic, but are you by any chance a Baccano! fan? I couldn't help but notice your Firo avatar.

AtomicEraTom
02-08-2011, 11:39 AM
My daily driver has a feather in it. It's neither here nor there to me. Thought about taking it out, but just have been complacent about it.

Engrishman
02-08-2011, 12:02 PM
Off topic, but are you by any chance a Baccano! fan? I couldn't help but notice your Firo avatar.

More or less. Baccano! is one of those rare eastern animations that manages to capture the "Golden Era" feel of vintage Americana without trying to delve too deeply into the levels of the absurd (though I will grudgingly admit all that alchemical nonsense could have been avoided). I'm not sure what other series from the other side of the International Date Line fits the bar quite so well, so Baccano! has reserved a place in my collection for good measure.

Neophyte
02-08-2011, 12:10 PM
I know what you mean. I liked it as well. The anachronistic storytelling and fun (not to mention the violence) remind me of Tarantino's better films. In fact, the scene in which Maiza buys Firo's first hat as a rite of passage is one of the major factors that influenced me to start wearing hats.

On topic, I don't like feathers on dress hats, but I like them on westerns and the like. The more "western" hats, like the OR, I could probably put a small feather in. I plan on having a feather in my next custom or so.

hatophile
02-08-2011, 01:18 PM
I know it's not legal in the United States, but as a Canadian, I'm wondering if I can own raptor feathers and use them to garnish a fedora. Not necessarily eagle feathers, but things from falcons.

The law seems rather hazy to me, because I could have sworn I've seen first nations folks selling dreamcatchers with raptor feathers on the tips. I may end up buying one and using that on a fedora, instead.

Registered Native Americans in the US may obtain eagle feathers for the use in ceremonies, etc. I don't know if they're allowed to sell them, however to non-Native Americans. I doubt it. tThe law may be different over the border.

Engrishman
02-08-2011, 10:35 PM
Registered Native Americans in the US may obtain eagle feathers for the use in ceremonies, etc. I don't know if they're allowed to sell them, however to non-Native Americans. I doubt it. tThe law may be different over the border.

I'm pretty sure I can't buy a US eagle feather. I'll be calling the Canadian Fish and Wildlife Board for clarification on eagle feathers north of the border, though, since I live nearby a place with quite a number of eagle nests.

barrowjh
02-09-2011, 05:38 AM
I have only one hat where I decided to keep the feather on it. Gene (harpplayergene) got a fair shot of it at Monteagle last year, a light grey Mr. Disney w/navy blue ribbon, and the narrow blue feather (royal blue with grey shades) just seems right for this hat:
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb307/barrowjh/Monteagle%20Winchester%20High%20Point/HighPointJHBcropd.jpg

Other than that one exception, I have removed any pheathers that came on vintage hats, as well as brand-name pins that were on recent vintage (and new) hats.

I think many of us have a 'fedora image' in our minds that came from movies set in the 1930s-40s time frame, and pheathers were not as common then as they became in the mid-1950s - 60s period (which also saw a general decline in hat quality and a tendacy towards stingy brims), so therefore pheathers conjure up 'bad hat' images and we disdain them.

hatophile
02-09-2011, 06:43 AM
I like that one in that hat, Barrow, and it goes great with what you're wearing.

Bourne ID
02-09-2011, 06:57 AM
When I found this pork it had a feather in the band....so I've left it there. You don't want to disturb the vibe/mojo!!
http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/9608/1000547y.jpg

1961MJS
09-16-2011, 05:54 AM
Hi

I just returned from the Kansas State Fair and noted that the Cayuga Duck's feathers are black but are green in the right light.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hausente1.jpg

I usually take the feathers out of my hats. I did so on my Stetson Temple, but the feather on my Black Beaver Brand is glued in too well. I would also note that I didn't see a single feather in Art Fawcett or Tony B's entire threads. I would have thought the at least SOMEBODY would have wanted one.

Personally, I think that the Cayuga duck feathers would go great on a black fedora. Now, where are the best shaped feathers found, on the duck I mean?

Thanks

The Wiser Hatter
09-16-2011, 08:32 AM
Would not want to miss with Mr. Fawcett's or Tony B's handi work there is enough mojo in those hats that they really don't need it.