Hot water works great. The hat in my avatar was reshaped with hot water. I pulled the wet felt cone over a wooden, open crown hat block, used a flat wooden spoon to form the brim/crown edge, stringed it, pressed the brim flat with a warm iron, and let it dry to approx 90%.
Once it was almost...
A couple of weeks back a guy called out to me across the parking lot at the grocery store, "That's a good looking hat!"
I called back, "Thanks! It's a Stetson !".
That day I was wearing my Natural , Royal Deluxe Open Road, brims down. If I could only keep on hat, that would be the one.
Thanks for the suggestions on stiffening products. I ended up getting a bottle of Kahl Hat Stiffener. And it works great! Also got a reply from the folks at Rand, in response to asking them what they suggested, and they recommended the same product. I gave the hat 3 applications with proper...
My Rand 8x wide brim is starting to get a bit floppy. What's a good way to stiffen up the brim?
Does hat stiffener work? or spray shellac?
am open to ideas. I don't want it cardboard stiff like a western store hat though .
I find the current day 6X and up Stetsons to be good hats.
Fortunately the factory outlet store is in my area so I try to stop in at least a couple of times a year. I don't always leave with a hat but when I do it's a good find!
we finally got a break from the summer heat...a cold front moved in last night and it's 80 outside today. the downside to the good weather news is that the humidity is 77% right now.
I may be pushing the edge of the envelope but may chance it and break out some felt today! Fall can't get...
The Four Points Silverbelly 20X Rand...
Made a quick run to the local big box DIY store yesterday for some gardening supplies and, since the weather was tolerable for a change, thought I'd leave the baseball cap at home and wear this.
In the garden center I heard a woman yell out
I have a Territory and a Snowy River and use to have a Cattleman.
When I work outside during appropriate felt hat weather I always wear the Territory. I added a kangaroo leather stampede strap to mine and use it regularly.
I sold the Cattleman since it was too narrow brimmed for me.