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Hey Ant!

I'm just using Safari on an iPhone and put up with the ads (they are less annoying that right after the conversion of the Lounge software).

I was thinking of you just this morning as I was digging through the Portis Path thread. Hope you and yours are doing well. The kids in college yet?
 

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Hey Ant!

I'm just using Safari on an iPhone and put up with the ads (they are less annoying that right after the conversion of the Lounge software).

I was thinking of you just this morning as I was digging through the Portis Path thread. Hope you and yours are doing well. The kids in college yet?
ha!

not just yet my brother... they are 9 and 6

hope you are well old friend

I think of you when I watch Otis Gibbs videos on youtube... he resembles you
 

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Hello old friends

What are you guys using these days to access the forum on your phone?

I haven't been on in quite some time and the old Tapatalk app seems to not be the thing anymore.

Looking forward to hearing from you old codgers.

Ant


Are you on iphone or android? I use Opera on android, which works well. Still prefer a "proper" computer for typing a response of any length with my sausage fingers, but that's me and the phone rather than the browser.
 
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A wool, and not felt. No leather sweat. Cashing in on a TV series style. I don't know how far I'd test the crushable and water resistant qualities. I don't want to offend, but I would have saved my dough for any kind of felt with a leather sweat. Those wools wear out in hurry when used hard. I actually do like a brown hat though.


The hat in question is felt. It’s wool felt, but it’s felt.
 

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I guess it all depends on whether you’d rather have one good hat or three or four other hats.

Some go for more over better, and some go the other way.

In many cases the two groups spend roughly the same total sum, after all is said and done.
 

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Editing this to ask @carouselvic (and anyone else) with a vintage Stetson (or other brand) Big Four hat. I have two questions for you:
1) The brim is 4 inches - Is that 4 inches plus the curl, or is it a total of 4 inches including the curl?
2) How big is the curl?

Thanks for any help you can offer.
 
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Quite so. Porkpies I seem to see available (and in a much wider range of colours) in wool far more often than I do in furfelt. Many of the wool ones I see look really nice, though it's hard to fully tell as with anything from a photo what they feel like up close, whether it's possible to pop the brim down at the front (not usually with a wider wool brim, though I've encountered one or two of the stingy type with a pp style shape where it seems to be possible), and so on. I think a lot of us who get 'into' brimmed hats can end up somewhat wary of wool - I know I tend to knee jerk prefer felt by a long way, but I'm trying in some cases not to automatically dismiss wool if it would do my job. I've been consciously thinking about this of late as there are some wools I really like. I think it works well for a nicely made bowler, for one. I've seen porkpies and homburgs in wool online in colours I can never find in furfelt (at least not without great expense and often custom work), so this is my point of interest here...
When I look at some of the hat pages on Facebook there are a lot of fancy coloured fedoras out there. I can garantee they are not fur felt but look damn good. I think there is a great market for hats at that price point. With Akubra hats now being about $200 Canadian I can see the temptation for the lower price point just to see if you like wearing hats and if a style even suits you.
Some styles are more prone to be made in wool, pork pies, Stingy brims, entry lever western hats. Let’s face facts the majority of people don’t wear hats daily and the seasons they do wear them buying a new wool fedora every other year to keep it fresh is easier then a big purchase ever decade of so.
Johnny
 

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Felting is a process and not a type of material. Stetson felted plastic in the 1950s.

If all you have experienced is the cheap modern wool felt then it’s understandable to have a low open opinion of it. The wool felt hats made in Europe in the first half of the last century can be incredible.
I have two wool hats in my collection. One is an older Dobbs. Great shape, really rough wool but good hat all the same. The other is a Smithbilt Scout hat. Seen lots of camping and rain. Could use stiffening but has never shrunk at all.
Johnny
 

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Are you on iphone or android? I use Opera on android, which works well. Still prefer a "proper" computer for typing a response of any length with my sausage fingers, but that's me and the phone rather than the browser.
iPhone

Tapatalk worked nicely for a bit ... was just wondering if there was something like it that folks were using now
 
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Felt is a material

"Felting" is a process of heating, soaking and weaving of fibers via agitation

see here



You’re having it both ways saying it is the “material” and that it is a “process.” I was just emphasizing that “felt” doesn’t tell us what kind of material it was made of just the process used. I concede it hat felt is a material made by a certain process.
 

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You’re having it both ways saying it is the “material” and that it is a “process.” I was just emphasizing that “felt” doesn’t tell us what kind of material it was made of just the process used. I concede it hat felt is a material made by a certain process.
I think the point we are trying to make is that the word “felt” (which is a noun) refers to the material made of matted animal hair.

The word “felting” (which is a verb) and an entirely different word, refers to the process of making felt.

One (felting) is the process and the other (felt) is the product and the result of that process.

In order to be more precise, we need to add a modifier usually either “fur” or “wool”.
 
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Hello old friends

What are you guys using these days to access the forum on your phone?

I haven't been on in quite some time and the old Tapatalk app seems to not be the thing anymore.

Looking forward to hearing from you old codgers.

Ant
Welcome back. Duck duck go is my browser of choice
 
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