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Discussion in 'Hats' started by Magus, Aug 5, 2008.
Holy Crap Magus!!!!!! Absolutely stunning. I don't know how I missed this thread but I did until your email.
Folks, I KNEW this was going to be good as I've seen Magus's work before but, I didn't expect THIS good. Thank you for the effort Sir. I will put the same enthusiasm into your hat as you did this box.
Yes Carter, I think this deserves an "Empire State" designed hat...
Your nickname makes now sense for me.
My uncle also did leatherwork. This box is pretty much amazing especially the etched Empire state building.
Leather work burns out people - I know a master leather worker in Budapest who said the same - a Gladstone bag took him hundreds of hours and he phased it out... now he makes nice belts.
What leather did you work with if I may ask?
Art, if you have the new design ready please let us know...
Holy crap indeed!
The work on there is simply incredible...
A stunning piece of work
You rarely run across an item that was made with as much care as you've shown here. This hat box is an accomplishment that you can be proud of for the rest of your days. Congratulations on a job most well done. :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap
P.S. I can't think of a better person to own such a hat box than you, Art. enjoy
Very, very impressive, Magus.
Can I have one to? Please. Fantastic.:eusa_clap
Coolest. Hatbox. Ever.
I feel like a real chump for not following up on a
hat box when we discussed it! I decided a nice hat
box was impractical for bicycle use (hate to have the
box stolen!), but a hat box that nice... I'd darn well
find a use for it.
It will have a 7" crown and a brim so wide homeless people can live under it lol
That is EXTREMELY nice!!!:eusa_clap In fact it's the nicest hat box I've seen to day! Is this something you're making for living? I mean, would you be willing to make more of these or similar designs? - Do you have a website? - How much are they *giddy, giddy, giddy*
How cool would a box be with the AB logo.[huh]
Get outta my brain, will ya' lol
Yeah, I've got a project that I've been working on for some years now (a vintage type of felt... EXTREMELY rare and even more expensive ). That would be the hat box to have for such a project
lol No Panda Kabuto It's a felt that the grandfather of my felter made ONCE and than decided to let it go, as it would be too much trouble. I've been beggin' on my knees for half an hour to get a few of these rawbodies and even longer to make my felter agree upon making them again. The quote on these rawbodies however... well, I thought the price was per dozen when I saw it
i was talking to someone at work about this who used to be an industrial arts teacher...he said his Dad did this stuff with a stylus from the rear of the piece of leather...what did you do?
A few answers
Hi all. Again thanks for the high praise. I VERY much appreciate it...still blushing a bit though. From reading through I am going to try and answer a few questions.
I don't do this as a profession. I would starve...eeeek! lol unless I could charge $3000 per box...or farm the work out to another country and stamp my name on it. And I am thinking that neither is a very viable or attractive option.
Would I make one for someone? Sure. If the idea interested me and they were willing to simply wait for it to be done when I could get to it. The price? I have no idea (seriously)
Art did want his initials in the design...and they are. I will let him share that with you if he chooses
As to achieving the design...I do nothing from the back. Before tooling it. I compile the sketch as a template...in reverse. Then transfer it to the face of the leather by sketching it again using the template...then the whole pattern is cut into the leather after its moistened....THEN I actually start to tooling of the design. No leather is cut away...its compressed with very small tools and a wooden mallet. Of course there is still the rest of the box to build as well ;-)
Feltfan Though I really enjoyed our conversations…please feel no chumpishness over things…as I wasn’t sure at all as how to achieve the bicycle-hat-box. Lol
The leather I used was 5-6 oz tooling grade taken from the piece called a “double shoulder”.
Feel free to ask any questions you desire...as I am happy to share information.
Thanks again all,
Very well done
Damn boy! Nice work! I've tooled a few belts and have dabbled in repairing horse tack, but buddy, that's DAMN good work. Well done.