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    Home-made hat stretcher

    It looks like there may have been a thread on this back in 2008, but the photos are no longer posting. A friend made this out of pretty standard clamps. Seems one can remove and turn one end of the clamp around (reverse it), causing the clamp to actually widen rather than narrow. This allows the...
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    Kromers

    I ordered it right from Stormy Kromer. http://www.stormykromer.com/ Lightening-fast delivery. I'm not sure I agree with the folks who disparage the use of the ear flaps. I'll be using them, but on mine, they only come down so far, and leave my ear lobes well exposed. I don't know if this is...
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    Kromers

    My FIRST just arrived today. I had never heard of these before November 12, when I quickly ordered one*. It arrived today, 8 days later, north of the border. That's pretty quick service. It's black, and it's a beauty. *It may not be my last. ;) NB Got a big head? They are sized up to an 8!
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    Straw Hat Riots of 1922 - now you know

    A historical article on the wearing of straw hats - http://nowiknow.com/the-last-straw/
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    Fez info requested

    Thanks, all, for the responses. While I'm reluctant to buy something from China, it isn't usually due to the quality. If given a North American option, I'd rather take it. Macoy, as recommended above, bring in the fez bodies (she didn't know from where...ya, right) and add sweatbands and do...
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    Fez info requested

    I got excited - Village Hat Shop has tons of Fezzes at great prices. I was deflated - They must be made in China, I thought. I was bouyed - They have big sizes...up to 7 7/8! Fear was confirmed - I called and they ARE INDEED made in China. Soooo, does anyone have any fez-perience with...
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    Show off your Porkpies

    Looks good! I'm not really sure it's a porkpie though. The crown isn't quite right. I think I prefer it without the ornaments, but go for a feather if you like.
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    Shaping Keaton hat

    Hey, thanks. That makes my job look pretty good.
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    JFK's Cavanagh

    Maybe it was poor grammar in my original post, but it was the Secret Service agent who dropped by the store to purchase a hat for himself (NOT JFK who dropped by the store).
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    JFK's Cavanagh

    Great pics! The first one looks like he's on a tiny (or invisible) Blackberry. Let the time-traveling hoax begin!
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    Shaping Keaton hat

    Thanks Sam. I hope Buster (and Roy) would be proud. ;)
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    Shaping Keaton hat

    OK, I got some warm, distilled water to it from a sprayer, then worked it like Roy Rogers. :D Better, but not perfect.
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    Rest in Peace Colby Jack

    Very sad. Is someone able to get these messages to his family?
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    Shaping Keaton hat

    Thanks guys, I'll try both your suggestions. I forgot to mention that, as you can see from one of the photos, I've left the liner in, but I read one suggestion that says to remove the liner for this procedure. How important do you think this is? edit: Sam, that video was amazing. If...
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    Shaping Keaton hat

    Hi again, It's been a little while since I posted this, but I've since used steam on the crown and worked it with my fingers. It's not much better. Is it really possible to smooth out all those "kinks", or might Keaton's actual hat have looked the same? (No one would see those kinks while...
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