Hat Storage

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Dixon, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. drmaxtejeda

    drmaxtejeda I'll Lock Up

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    I might do that if I ever buy this house. It's a rental. Owning a house isn't a good investment, and it ties you down. Much better to invest in commercial properties.

    A lot or renters don't want to sell their houses because they are emotionally attached to them. When they see you take good care of them and pay in advance they don't want to loose you, so they keep the rents down. [emoji5]

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  2. drmaxtejeda

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    I also put them in a plastic bag with tags in alphabetic order.
    That way I don't have to worry about insects or dust, or finding the one I want.
    Just last night I was in a panic because I couldn't remember where I put my 100s while I am rearranging everything.

    By the way, even though I can sometimes see moths in Mexico City, Ignacio says that they don't damage the hats here. Not sure if that's true, so better safe than sorry, but I have seen three very old Disneys and Stetsons that were originally sold in Mexico City department stores in the forties, and they don't have a single nibble.
    Weird, huh?

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  3. steur

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    I do put them in plastic bags, but they are all over the place. The only system is that they are roughly arranged by country of origin. English hats in one place, German hats in another stack and so forth. Haven't given moths much thought to be honest, thinking they don't thrive well in our climate. While that is true, they apparently survive in (warmed) houses feeding on clothes.
     
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  4. drmaxtejeda

    drmaxtejeda I'll Lock Up

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    New batch of custom band blocks. This time I asked for a little more taper.
    Also, pictures of my plaster head mould, and how I made it...
    It is, of course, more accurate than the wooden blocks, but a pain to make.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  5. Is Ignacio making the band blocks for you? It would be nice to have one for every hat. ....hmmm.


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  6. drmaxtejeda

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    No. He just drew a line around the conformer with a pencil, top and bottom.
    I gave the "drawing" (I know there's a word for that in English, but I can't remember it. Help?) to my carpenters, and they make them exactly with that.
    Each one costs me $10.71 [emoji3526]
    So far, they've made 105 of them. Another 35 are due next week.

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  7. TheOldFashioned

    TheOldFashioned One Too Many

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    Sketch? (Blue)print?
     
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  8. Pattern?


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  9. $1,500 in band blocks! I like your commitment! No place for half measures.


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  10. drmaxtejeda

    drmaxtejeda I'll Lock Up

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    $1124, isn't it?

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  11. 105 + 35 = 140
    140 X 10.71 = 1,499.40

    I rounded up 60 cents to $1,500


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  12. drmaxtejeda

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    Ah! Yes. I will pay for the next 35 when I have to. [emoji16]

    I love putting on a hat that fits as if it was made for me. Once you feel that, you tend to avoid wearing the others, and I want to rotate through all of them. Otherwise, why did I buy them?

    Ignacio told me that the ones he has conformed would lose their shape over time, and that a custom block would keep that from happening. I have felt for myself it is true, because oftentimes when I wear a hat that I haven't used in a couple of months the hat feels tight on my forehead.
    I don't want to lose the money I spent on Ignacio, so I followed his advice.

    I haven't conformed all of them, because the ones that are close to fitting easily copy the shape of the blocks over time, so I don't have to spend money on conforming them.

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  13. drmaxtejeda

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    I am sure to read the word again sometime, and when I do, I will post it. [emoji5]

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  14. Bill Hughes

    Bill Hughes Call Me a Cab

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    Template ?
     
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  15. drmaxtejeda

    drmaxtejeda I'll Lock Up

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    No...

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  16. AbbaDatDeHat

    AbbaDatDeHat I'll Lock Up

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    Tracing
     
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  17. TheOldFashioned

    TheOldFashioned One Too Many

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    At this point I think you should qualify for a bulk discount.
     
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  18. drmaxtejeda

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    Eureka! Gracias, Bowen!! Yep! I couldn't stop thinking about it.
    Now I can sleep.


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  19. drmaxtejeda

    drmaxtejeda I'll Lock Up

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    It's already pretty cheap...

    I expected to pay more. Thankfully, I read "The Art of the Deal". [emoji6]

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  20. TheOldFashioned

    TheOldFashioned One Too Many

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    I'm not familiar with labor rates in Mexico. I would figure at this point production was semi-automated with a jig or fully automated with CNC. Throw in cost of materials, there's probably not that much mark up for profit at that price. Must be using the Walmart strategy of making a few pennies x mass volume.
     

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