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BUCKAROO BONANZA! - The Hats that Major Mike Moore Makes

Discussion in 'Hats' started by BobC, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. BobC

    BobC My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Here at the Fedora Lounge we all enjoy hats: looking at hats, collecting hats, wearing hats, buying, selling and trading hats. Of course I like all of these, but one of the most enjoyable is showcasing the hats made by our hatmakers who are few and far between these days.

    Today when I got home from work there was a big box next to our door, a box full of hats from Major Mike Moore of Buckaroo Hatters. I've spent most of the day since then changing hats and standing in front of the mirror saying to myself, "Hot damn!"


    My hope is that this thread will become a showplace for the Major's hats. He's one of the most outstanding people I've done business with in a long time, and I'm really glad I asked him to make these hats for me to wear.


    I thought I would never want a black hat, and then I saw one like this one and loved it. I wanted this to be a special occasion hat, so I asked Mike to make me one out of pure beaver. I was the ribbon that changed my mind.




    The second hat I took out of the box was a silverbelly. I wanted this one to be a knock about hat, but it won't be. Mike made this one from one of his staple bodies, but he made it way too nice for knocking about. This one is so soft, it just melts into shape when you touch it and it feels like a hat I've had for years. The ribbon and binding are burgundy, and the hat stands out.


  2. Duck

    Duck Practically Family

    Bob, you sir are a man with good taste. :eusa_clap :eusa_clap
    Those hats look fantastic. The silver belly with the burgundy binding is wonderful..
  3. BobC

    BobC My Mail is Forwarded Here

    There were two other hats in the box today, too. One was a vintage hat that I had some problems with. I had worn it out one day and gave it a good sweat and then it rained and the hat got a good soak and so did I. When the hat dried out, the sweatband curled up into a tube and got to be as brittle as glass, the hat shrunk at least a full size and the ribbon was stained with who knows what. I sent the hat to Mike and asked him if he could fix it for me. The hat gave him more trouble, and as he pulled it onto a block to restretch it, it tore at the crease between the brim and crown. He had warned me that the felt was old and might be weak and asked me what I wanted to do and I told him to go ahead and do what he could with it. If most people were involved that would be the end of the story and I wouldn't have expected more, but not the Major. Major Moore made me a replacement hat and sent it to me free of charge.



    He told me he made this one from an old body he'd had for a while and that I could use it for a fowl weather hat. I don't think so. I think it's way too nice for that. I have other hats that can be fowl weather hats.

    How many people would go to that length to take care of a customer? Not many, I say.

    Thank you, Major. I'm looking forward to shaking your hand one of these days. And thank you for these hats. I'm going back to the mirror.
  4. Bob, those hats are amazing! I'm having a hard time deciding which one I like the best. The ribbon on the black one is very unique and sharp, and the silverbelly is gorgeous in its own right. Awesome hats! :eusa_clap
  5. handlebar bart

    handlebar bart Call Me a Cab

    Nice lids Bob. Major Mike is sure making some great hats. And three at once!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:eusa_clap
  6. I too have experienced Mike's generosity firsthand! He built my "Phoenix" for me and I would say that was probably harder than building a new one due to the condition of the felt.He has also hooked Dee and my girls up with great hats!

    Bob they are all outstanding!! I saw that ribbon on the black one in person when we visited the "original" shop and it is gorgeous! The silverbelly burgundy combo, all I can say is wow!3 Awesome hats you got there!!
  7. carter

    carter I'll Lock Up

    Three beautiful hats, Bob. The Major did you proud, as we say in Texas! :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap
  8. BobC

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    Thank you, Duck. All of these are really examples of the Major's good taste. He had already made a black one like this. I just saw it and asked him to copy it for me with a brim binding and a full beaver blank. When we talked about the silverbelly I just told him I wanted a silverbelly hat. I said I wanted him to dress it for me.

    Thanks, Scion. I've been changing hats all evening. Heck, I may not go to bed tonight. lol

    Three at once, Bart! It's like Christmas come early or dying and going to hat heaven.

    IC, you and Rusty know better than I do. I just got off the phone with Mike thanking him for these beauties. The man is all kinds of excited about hats and rightly so.

    Thanks, Carter. He did me more than proud. He's truly a gentleman, something that's rather rare in today's world.
  9. Hot Damn x2!!

    :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap
  10. theprofessor

    theprofessor New in Town

    the black with the silver band looks better on you than any hat ive seen you don thus far
  11. BobC

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    Thank you, Professor. And thank you, Mike. The black has a substantial feel to it, but still it's very soft and fits like a glove.
  12. So Bob which one gets the first full day of wear? Will there be sibling rivalry?:D
  13. BobC

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    Let's see. It's about 06:20 now and I've been up since about 05:30, and so far today I've had all three of them on my head. I try to treat all the boys the same. lol I'm still going back and forth between my coffee cup and the mirror too.
  14. :eusa_clap :eusa_clap OUTSTANDING!!!!!!! :eusa_clap :eusa_clap

    Super hats Bob! I love them all, but my favorite is the last one.
    Super sweet and... I really like the unique band on the black hat, and the binding on .... well I could go on and on and on!

    :eusa_clap Fantastic job Mike!:eusa_clap
  15. majormoore

    majormoore Vendor

    Thanks to all of you for the postive comments you are giving on the hats and how they look on Bob. I am very glad he allowed me to make these for him.

    Major Moore
  16. Mr. Paladin

    Mr. Paladin My Mail is Forwarded Here

    BobC, those are all beeeu-ti-ful! I think the black one is the very best....no, the silverbelly with the burgundy ribbon...or...the black one.[huh] I give up, they are all superb! Glad I don't have to choose which one gets the maiden voyage but you can't go wrong with any of the three.
  17. Excellent hats, Bob! The Major sure does some nice work.
  18. bolthead

    bolthead My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Terrific job Mike.....

    Be careful with that java Bob.....:eusa_doh:

    They're all beauties, Mike did a superior job on them.....he sure is a stand up guy. :eusa_clap
  19. To help get this started as a showcase thread here are my 2.;) :D
    The first I have taken to calling the "Chickamauga". I love the camel/butternut color and wanted it because it was a civil war color that I love on a cavalry hat. Since the hat is from tennessee and I cross the Chickamauga Damm every year when we go to Crossville it seems right.




    The next one is a rebuild Mike did for me, the "Phoenix"

  20. That black lid is smokin', Bob.

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