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    Thanks, Frank. I might look into that brim cutter. The "brim cutter" I have used is really a leatherworking tool, and the length you set it at has to be cut freehand, which made for a little damage control with sandpaper...

    I actually tried a bit of "Gus" as well as mule kicks, and though it did lower the crown a bit, I found that I like the balance of the hat in the abstract much more with the mesa pinch. I'm not too tall (understatement-- about 5'5") and so I just get nervous when hats dwarf me.

    In what part of the CA desert do you live, if you don't mind me asking?

    Neo-- maybe my soft spot for TN accounts for our similar taste in hats
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    Quote Originally Posted by bowlerman View Post
    Alright, I have messed around a lot with my grey hat from ebay guy, and I have to say it is one of the most easily manipulatable hats I've ever seen, which as far as I understand, would indicate more beaver content, right?
    Not necessarily. Could also be due to the relative amount of stiffener.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowlerman View Post
    Neo-- maybe my soft spot for TN accounts for our similar taste in hats
    Could be...although I'm not sure that western hats were common in Tennessee....neither were fedoras, come to think of it.
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    bowlerman - the part near Palm Springs. Once you get past the golf courses, it's all desert around here, and temperatures can be similar to Death Valley. Frank

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    Project du jour: Stetson 3X eddie bauer western, long ovalified, dented, and replaced the band. I couldn't deal with the tacky 70s band it came with.
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    First time ever messing with a ribbon, and it's VERY amateur, but I'm already wearing it a lot!
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    Bowlerman, that's a vast improvement! Nice work; I don't even espy any ribbon puckers. Interesting curled brim, too, sort of homburgesque.
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    Great job. I thought about buying one of those a few weeks ago, they pop up from time to time. The hat band was the one thing that stopped me. That's a hat I would wear now. Frank

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    A pencil curled Western. Tthat's very cool. Not only would I wear it but I would treasure it. Great hat.

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    You've made that hat much more wearable and nice looking. Great job!
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    Its interesting how changing the ribbon makes the hat standout better. A ribbon is a very important detail in a hat.

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