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Hornskov Hats - custom Danish hatter

jlee562

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Watching he multiple Hornskov videos I have not ever seen him pouncing a hat to any degree> I just thought that he is buying the FEPSA felts that come fully pounced from the factory.

Someone in the FB group said Hornskov might be one of the best hatters out there, I replied that he used pre-pounced FEPSA blanks*. Well, Peter saw that and said something along the lines of "because I choose to use the best, doesn't mean I can't work with anything else" (again, paraphrasing). I said that I've made hats from a Winchester body and a FEPSA body and one took considerably more time and effort than the other. That ended the exchange apparently.



*I don't mean this as a knock against Hornskov, I honestly do like many of their hats. I just think there's a different level of artistry between forming A pre pounced body and say, the scorch finish from BSHW, or the suede finish that Art used to do, or how some hatters can thin out a body.
 
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Someone in the FB group said Hornskov might be one of the best hatters out there, I replied that he used pre-pounced FEPSA blanks*. Well, Peter saw that and said something along the lines of "because I choose to use the best, doesn't mean I can't work with anything else" (again, paraphrasing). I said that I've made hats from a Winchester body and a FEPSA body and one took considerably more time and effort than the other. That ended the exchange apparently.



*I don't mean this as a knock against Hornskov, I honestly do like many of their hats. I just think there's a different level of artistry between forming A pre pounced body and say, the scorch finish from BSHW, or the suede finish that Art used to do, or how some hatters can thin out a body.
Yes, I fully agree. The FEPSA 95gr beaver felts are a wonderful item and I love working with them. But, as I have learned, the most involved/subtle/nuanced skill in learning to hat is working the felt and with the FEPSA 95gr a hatter does not have to work the felt at all.....the factory produces the finish. Art Fawcett, a true master hatter, paid homage to Rodney Allison, saying the finish he is able to produce on a felt is a wonder.....and unsurpassed in the world of hatters. If I continue to make hats perhaps in another 5 or 10 years I might get to say I am adept at this aspect of hatting.
 

StoryPNW

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@Steve1857, @StoryPNW, just wondering what happened with your Hornskovs. I know you both bought the 30% off old pricing. I can’t recall if it was a one or two year window during which to purchase. I also don’t recall seeing your new Hornskovs. Have they been made, or are they still in the works?
Mine has been ordered but I haven't heard that Peter has started working on it yet.
 

Steve1857

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@Steve1857, @StoryPNW, just wondering what happened with your Hornskovs. I know you both bought the 30% off old pricing. I can’t recall if it was a one or two year window during which to purchase. I also don’t recall seeing your new Hornskovs. Have they been made, or are they still in the works?

Mine has been ordered but I haven't heard that Peter has started working on it yet.
Mine is in the works as in: I'm still deciding which one to order :cool:

I think the Hornskov's new baby is slowing things down a bit, but Peter has said he's still working on hats as best he can.

Danes take maternity and paternity leave seriously over here.
 

Steve1857

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@Steve1857, @StoryPNW, just wondering what happened with your Hornskovs. I know you both bought the 30% off old pricing. I can’t recall if it was a one or two year window during which to purchase. I also don’t recall seeing your new Hornskovs. Have they been made, or are they still in the works?
Well Gary, I've finally decided and ordered.

I went for the pure beaver Mogul in steel with a mustard hatband.

Hopefully, it will arrive in time for the autumn and felt season.
 

The Shoe

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Well Gary, I've finally decided and ordered.

I went for the pure beaver Mogul in steel with a mustard hatband.

Hopefully, it will arrive in time for the autumn and felt season.
You won’t be disappointed. The Mogul is a classy hat. I love mine, and it’s Etsuko’s favourite of my Hornskovs.

Did you go beaver or blend?
 

Steve1857

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You won’t be disappointed. The Mogul is a classy hat. I love mine, and it’s Etsuko’s favourite of my Hornskovs.

Did you go beaver or blend?
As Marcel noted, 100% beaver. I went all in :)

You're forgiven for not noticing, Gary. For one thing, it was early in Japan when you saw my post.

For another, you must have been in shock that I've finally ordered a Hornskov :cool:

Thanks to you, I'm finally there!
 

The Shoe

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The Mogul is a bit the same model as the earlier Henchman that i own right?
It does look similar, but I think the brim curl is a bit different. Also, yours appears to be a diamond crown, whereas the Mogul is a centre dent. Here’s a comparison of our two hats. Yours followed by mine.
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StoryPNW

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I received my Hornskov today, long story short, I love it. Plans changed between the time I originally placed my order and when Peter started making it. I was going to go with a custom vintage BRE clone, but I ended up going with a little more contemporary design, I hope to find a real BRE someday. I got the "Walker" in natural color pure beaver felt, with a dark brown leather hat band. It has a 4 1/2" teardrop crown and a 2 3/8" flat brim with a triple stitched underwelt. When I pulled it out of the box and put it on my head the shape and fit was perfect, which is saying something as my head borderlines on XLO, major kudos to Peter. The felt is soft and dense just like I would expect. I told myself this would probably be my only Hornskov, now I'm thinking maybe I'll just have to save a little longer for my next one.
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