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Discussion in 'Hats' started by Davidson, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. Would you look at that! A SMILE in one of those pictures! Nice looking hats. I wish I was able to "sew" ribbons but I send my items to BOND...let him work his magic! You are doing some nice work as well.
     
  2. bond

    bond My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Thanks for comments . Color of felt is pale green and crown ribbon is a grey tone . The binding is a more cream tone.


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  3. Wow that does sound like a great color combination! Super!
     
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  4. Pantera

    Pantera New in Town

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  5. addison

    addison One of the Regulars

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  6. :( minus one more stagecoach , but it looks good , it's your Hat . Somebody did a good job .
     
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  7. Why can't I find $9 Stagecoach hats :(
     
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  8. DOGMAN

    DOGMAN Practically Family

    Looks pretty good.Becarefull you'll find out converting hats can be addictive.Can't wait to see your next one.
     
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  9. bond

    bond My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Here's a nice older Adam in the open road style that I recently restored. Sweatband was shrunk and brittle , and felt was soiled. Put in new sweat and cleaned up the liner and felt and added a new crown ribbon with wind cord .
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  10. DOGMAN

    DOGMAN Practically Family

    Nice work bond.Hat looks great.
     
  11. :)
     
  12. RJR

    RJR I'll Lock Up

    +1,that R&R looks great,Scott.
     
  13. As usual a great restoration work. Looks great Scott!
     
  14. FedOregon

    FedOregon I'll Lock Up

    I've posted this in other places; didn't realize there was a special thread for conversions.

    My Stratton western was advertised as "lightly used." Upon arrival, I thought "yeah right. lightly used in a cement mixer." I brushed the hat for an hour. When I stood up I was covered in dirt, dust and minute particles of felt. What a mess. I tried to bash it more to my liking but the previous owner(s) had already changed the bash a couple times and there were sharp creases that wouldn't go away. It looked like an old weather beaten bucket hat, IMO.

    It was advertised as a size 7-3/8 but it fit so tight on my head that it gave me headaches if I wore it more than 10-15 minutes.

    So, I took it to Mike at NW Hat Co. and asked him to clean, reblock to my head shape/size, get rid of the ribbon and fashion a makeshift hatband from the attached rodeo strings. The only thing to keep was the felt itself and the liner (because Stratton is an old family name). Mike pointed out that someone had already hacked on the brim so he took measurements and suggested we go with a uniform 3" brim. I agreed with that and also his recommendation to go with an outback brim treatment.

    Well, I didn't recognize my own hat. It looked like a new hat, right off the shelf, but it was a custom fit and it is perfect. The rodeo strings didn't work out so we went with a buffalo hide that has great patterns and bumps in the leather. I picked it up this past Friday afternoon and I still can't get over how great this hat looks now. I told my wife I should get a block for my head size and try to restore some old hats, too. We shall see. With the new hatband, this was only $65 out the door. For that little money, finances don't play a part in the decision, it would have to be purely for the passion and fun of bringing old hats back to life. Which is a noble work, to be sure.

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    Take note that any spots are from the rain we had this weekend and the hat was still wet in those spots. The wrinkle in the sweatband is from the placement of a "Like Hell It's Yours" card, which has since been removed.

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  15. RJR

    RJR I'll Lock Up

    I'll bet this conversion becomes a favorite!
     
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  16. FedOregon

    FedOregon I'll Lock Up

    You know, I said the same thing to my wife this morning. For me, it was as if I picked up two new custom hats from Mike last Friday. In fact, it sits on my head as I type this out... :)

    ETA: I'm afraid my Akubra Coober Pedy will get less use now, though...
     
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  17. You have to follow a $9 stagecoach!
     
  18. bond

    bond My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Thanks for comments
    Just finished converting this nice vintage hat for a fellow lounger . This one had a glued down overwelt brim edge and he wanted it replaced with a wide ribbon for a whippet look. Felt color is a pale blue grey I choose a silvery blue binding for the hat.
    Brim had to be re trimmed and glue removed carefully along with a gas bath to clean up staining on the brim.
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  19. Bamaboots

    Bamaboots I'll Lock Up

    Nice work, Scott. As usual.
     
  20. RJR

    RJR I'll Lock Up

    Agree,very nice job.
     

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