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  1. Gobi

    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    I finally got around to finishing my Sunrise medium weight felt. I used old stock cotton rayon for the ribbon. This is my 2nd or 3rd bow that I've ever done, it looks good enough for that. One trick I've been using is wetting the body and baking it in the oven on the block at a low setting until...
  2. Gobi

    The Hat From "There Will Be Blood"?

    I love that! Perfect.
  3. Gobi

    Western, anyone?

    Resistol Stagecoach that I reshaped and added a kettle curl. The original sweatband was in great shape so I didn't block the crown, just reshaped it. I used vintage cotton/rayon ribbon and went with a simple bow since it was my first real attempt at making a bow.
  4. Gobi

    Who makes good sweatbands?

    I wanted to update I purchased a sweatband from Finevintagefedoras on Etsy and I'm pleased with it. I'll be ordering more.
  5. Gobi

    Who makes good sweatbands?

    I'm glad someone else is conscious of this. I mean, the hat bodies I've handled lately are heavy, even after pouncing, pouncing right into the shellac core, and then some, they're still thicker and heavier than I prefer and certainly thicker and heavier than any of my vintage hats. Or even any...
  6. Gobi

    Who makes good sweatbands?

    I've tried most of the main sellers on etsy except some of the over seas due to high shipping costs. Someone sold me one or two on here, they were basically the same as any other I've bought. Nice quality and workmanship but thick leather and large reed tape. There was one on etsy that was just...
  7. Gobi

    Who makes good sweatbands?

    I'm getting frustrated trying to find decent sweatbands. Why are they all so thick and heavy and why are the reeds getting bigger and bigger? Some of these sweatbands weigh as much as the hat body itself! The reed should be barely noticeable. Instead they're getting to almost comic proportions...
  8. Gobi

    Sunrise Hat Company felt (nutria) and hatters’ tools

    I received my 160 gram body in natural today. I like it quite a bit. It's nicely soft and malleable. Easy to bend and snaps back into place fairly well. I'm looking forward to working with it. I'm shooting for a little under 6" crown with a little under 3 1/2" brim. There seems to be adequate...
  9. Gobi

    What Hat Are You Wearing Today ?

    I took my home brew Sunrise nutria felt kayaking on the Wapsi River today. It was a long trip and I'm worn out. My 70 year old mother went along and kicked butt. She had bloody legs by the end from knocking against her sit inside kayak. She was determined to make the trip with us and I'm so...
  10. Gobi

    What hat do you wear most (and why)?

    Over the last year it's mainly been my Akubra Bushman. It's small enough to fly under the radar yet provides decent shade. It's light weight and looks ok with cargo shorts and flip flops which I live in during the summer.
  11. Gobi

    What Hat Are You Wearing Today ?

    Excuse the nudity but I took my home brew nutria fishing with me. Didn't catch anything but itchy nipples from the sun.
  12. Gobi

    The open crown Western hat?

  13. Gobi

    Sunrise Hat Company felt (nutria) and hatters’ tools

    From my experience, the western weight natural is also a little on the limp side but it does have a somewhat ok amount of sanppy-back-in-placey. It just lags a little. My main complaints are the thickness and weight. I ended up tearing down and reblocking one of mine. I wanted to try and make it...
  14. Gobi

    Photographs Of Hats Fresh From Surviving The Elements

    Well now, a guy doesn't fish and tell. Seriously though, not even a dang bite!
  15. Gobi

    Photographs Of Hats Fresh From Surviving The Elements

    Two hats, one rain. How? Well, I went out fishing. Saw dark clouds moving in so I did the right thing and kept fishing. Started raining. I got wet. Came home and unloaded the kayak and then noticed my Akubra Sombrero sitting on a stump. I was wearing it earlier in the day and took it off and...
  16. Gobi

    Hat making?? Learning Millinery..

    Question: how much ironing do you guys typically do? I figure the ironing further felts the hat thinner and denser and helps stabilize the felt but how much do you usually do? A lot of custom hatters have ironing machines but I've never seen where they mention how long the hat stays on the...
  17. Gobi

    Hats By Grizz

    I like watching his Facebook videos, he and his wife have a charming character that I enjoy. His approach to hat making seems crude which is kind of his thing and it works for what he's doing but I get a little turned off by it at the same time. I'm glad he's able to make a living doing what...
  18. Gobi

    What Hat Are You Wearing Today ?

    I took my home brew Sunrise nutria felt for a hike. I came out of the woods with nearly 5 pounds of nice fresh golden oyster mushrooms. Having some with supper tonight and packed a bunch in the freezer.
  19. Gobi

    Western, anyone?

    The two on the left are Natural. The one on the right is Honey. The latest is the one on the left. No problems at all. I did some extra pouncing to try and make it as thin as I felt comfortable. For a relatively large western it could probably use a little more stiffener than what they put in...
  20. Gobi

    Western, anyone?

    I've finished my third hat from Sunrise nutria felt. Decided to get them together for a photo.
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