Art Fawcett VS Hall of Fame

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Lawman, Nov 10, 2006.

  1. daizawaguy

    daizawaguy Call Me a Cab

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    Seriously though, a very fine summer hat. Note the slight hint at the reverse egg-shape crown dent..

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    and the `breathability`...

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  2. CRH

    CRH Call Me a Cab

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    shakeshead

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  3. Lexybeast

    Lexybeast A-List Customer

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    Damn. That's nice.

    So what's the story on these Milan-straw type hats? Is this officially a new offering from Art?
     
  4. The Lark

    The Lark One of the Regulars

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    Wait... what? I thought matching your hat to your coat/jacket was the whole idea?
     
  5. mayserwegener

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    Great work of Art! :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap
     
  6. SpeedRcrX

    SpeedRcrX One Too Many

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    Nice one dguy, a true work of Art!!!

    I can't wait to see it on your head :D

    Truly beautiful!
     
  7. ScionPI2005

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    Awesome Daizawaguy! That blue is very rich in color.

    I second LexyBeast's question: is this a new offering from Art, or just by special order (as if all orders for Art's hats aren't special :eusa_doh: ).
     
  8. Memo

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    WOW! Thats is a beautiful hat. Great ribbon! Did you provide the ribbon or did Mr. Fawcett have it?
     
  9. daizawaguy

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    Firstly, Memo- Art provided it. I read on a search on pugarrees on the lounge that apart from using vintage grosgrain, he has a fine sence (and dare I say a stock!?) of vintage puggarees as well...

    Lexy and Scion - Sorry, I was not trying to hide anything - if I recall around the time of the Monteagle get together I remember reading about three developments - one was the scarcity (or high costs associated with the high reject rate) of the lightweight felts; the possibility of Art getting some braids; and, the imminent launch of a new range of colors in felts...I mailed Art about the braids, and as these things turn out, the temptation was too strong. I can`t find the original post after a day of searching, but I would say that all three developments hold a lot of water, and the latter two could be the most exciting thing on this thread...it seems we should keep posted (or give Art a call to beat the queue!) - the next few weeks and months should see exciting developments...
     
  10. CRH

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    I don't know what to say but here's how I feel about that.

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  11. daizawaguy

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    lol Well, puggaree aside Sir, the braid blocking seems to require quite a skill. I`ve just done some research and found the following information on this thread

    http://www.archive.org/stream/strawhatstheirhi00inwauoft/strawhatstheirhi00inwauoft_djvu.txt

    "Hand blocking is done in the following manner : the hat to be
    ironed is first put through some process to make the
    hardness of the gelatine sufficiently soft to fit the blocks.
    In the early days of the trade this was always done by
    lightly passing the hot iron over a damp cloth in which
    the hat was enveloped, thus producing enough steam
    to render the hat pliable, the crown was then carefully
    adjusted on the block, special attention being given to
    the spacing and direction of the rows of plait.

    About 1880 straw hat manufacturers, having also
    started the making of felt hats, for which, a small steam
    jet in an enclosed box or vessel was necessary, found
    that this same " steam pot " (trade term) provided an
    easy means of softening the hat, for placing on the
    wooden block, and since that time the old method of
    softening has practically died out, with the exception
    of such plaits as would be injured by steam action.
    When the crown of the hat is in proper position on the
    block, it is covered with the " strainer." This should
    be in a well wrung-out damp condition, and is held
    in its place by the left hand of the " blocker," the
    ironing operative. With the box iron in his right hand,
    he evenly and with a slightly circular motion, keeping
    the iron on the hat, presses out any inequalicies that may
    be left, but with such discretion as not to injure the
    design of the plait. This process continues until the
    " strainer " is dry, which indicates that all superfluous
    moisture is evaporated and that the material will stay
    permanently in the required form. Some plaits with
    prominent heads or fancy embellishments require two
    or more " strainers " or even a thickness of flannel
    between the iron and the hat to prevent bruising, but
    plaits such as these are generally " blocked " by being
    " steamed " (trade term), that is the shaping on the
    block is entirely done by the hand of the operator after
    the material has been softened in the " steampot."
    When hats are, as they always were till about 1885,
    of " one piece " make, the crown having been finished,
    is taken off the wooden block and placed head downward
    in the " curler " or " brimmer " of wood. Either
    name sufficiently designates its form and use, and the
    " one piece " hat is carefully adjusted in the head entry,
    due regard being made to the contour of the base of the
    crown, and the arrangement of the first gores of the brim,
    so as to ensure a perfectly clean line of junction between
    the crown and the brim. The brim is then adjusted
    to the exact outline of the edge, and when true is
    " blocked " in a similar way to the crown. The two
    piece hats are done in the same way with, of course, the
    exception that the crown and the brim are blocked apart.
    It is, of course, obvious that only quite a small portion
    of some parts of the hats can be ironed at a time, the
    surface of the iron can only, at most, impinge on that
    amount which is parallel, and, therefore, the blocking
    of a crown with rounding top, bevelled edges and perhaps
    almost " 0. G." sides, is an operation needing con-
    siderable skill, for no lines must show, nor must there
    be any bruise marks, and yet at the same time there must
    be enough pressure to cause the material to assume and
    retain the required shape."

    :eusa_clap All credit to Art for having attained such a fine consistency and proportion in the blocking :eusa_clap

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  12. Viper Man

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    Besides Oxblood, does anybody know what the other colors are?
     
  13. fluteplayer07

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    Been wondering that myself...
     
  14. jporgeck

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    This beauty arrived yesterday. A true work of Art, pun intended. The color is whiskey and the ribbon is 1 5/8" black, diamond crease, 2 3/4" brim. Exceeds my expectations. Hats off to Art Fawcett. Prouder than a two tail dog.
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  15. handlebar bart

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    That is a sharp lid, but you aren't gettin away that easy. More pictures and details:D
     
  16. DRB

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    A clever idea!
     
  17. St.Ignatz

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    From a talented gent.
     
  18. jporgeck

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    [huh] There is a pic from nearly every angle. If I recall correctly the crown is either 5 1/2" or 5 3/4"
     
  19. DRB

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    Yes jporgeck, tell us more. What color is that? Whiskey?
     
  20. jporgeck

    jporgeck Familiar Face

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    DRB - Yes jporgeck, tell us more. What color is that? Whiskey?

    DRB, yes it is "whiskey" color. The indor picture, at least on my monitor, most acurately depicts the deep, rich, mellow whiskey color with just an ever so slight hint of olive.

     

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