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
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
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.
First time ever messing with a ribbon, and it's VERY amateur, but I'm already wearing it a lot!
Bowlerman, that's a vast improvement! Nice work; I don't even espy any ribbon puckers. Interesting curled brim, too, sort of homburgesque.
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
A pencil curled Western. Tthat's very cool. Not only would I wear it but I would treasure it. Great hat.
You've made that hat much more wearable and nice looking. Great job!
Last edited by Neophyte; 04-08-2011 at 04:03 AM.
Its interesting how changing the ribbon makes the hat standout better. A ribbon is a very important detail in a hat.