Jimmy Pierce Designs

Discussion in 'Hats' started by jpdesign, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. jpdesign

    jpdesign Vendor

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    Just to let the newer people know something about me as I pretty quiet around here.

    Jimmy Pierce
    27 years old
    live in Fort Worth.

    I started college at TCU in 1997. While walking around Downtown I found Peters Bros Hats. Talked to them about hats a bit. I had worn western hats all my life but was started to get into swingdancing and looking at fedoras, and I had always loved Indiana Jones. Talked to them a couple times over the next few months. When I started my sophmore year, my parents said I could get a job, they were paying my way through college, but I had to keep my grades up. I walked in to Peters bros one day, just to look at the hats, and asked if they needed any help. I told them the only dealings I had with hats was shaping them for my friends and myself, but that I was good with my hands and couple build just about anything. Joe Jr handed me an open crown hat with a flat brim and said "Here, shape it". I said I would give it a shot. I apperently did okay, last I knew that hat was still around the store somewhere. Joe Sr. Just asked if I could use a computer. So that was the start of my education in the world of hats. I learned by odserving. Which is the way I learn best. I would watch as Jr. Shaped a hat for someone. When I would do it he would offer pointers. I watched the two girls we had at the time sewing sweatbands into hats. I have changed the way I do it several times since then and have come up with something I think works pretty good. But it stared by watching and copying them. I would watch as joe made hats and them make myt own, asking for specific details, but mostly working from memory as to what I saw and how I wanted to modify it to work better for me. I worked there most of the time through my college carrier, until some unfortunate things happened in the fall of '03 and the Spring of '04. In that time I was called an artist by many people, some mebers of this community.

    Since then I have been working at different Western Stores, working with hats. Sometimes at other things, But always working on my craft of Hat Making, got married, and have just had a son. In that time I been gathering equipment and am know ready to start building hats.

    That brings us to Today. I am working At Leddy's Ranch in Downtown Fort Worth. My felt that I am going to use for the most part will be in withing the next couple of weeks. But in the mean time I went to the Auction at the Stetson factory a few weeks ago and have now fiqured out what bodies I bought there. Some are listed in the Vendor anouncments over at COW at the moment. Can't wait to start making hats for the people here once agian.

    Jimmy
     
  2. jpdesign

    jpdesign Vendor

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    At the vendors section of COW there was a comment about my equipment so I thought I would post pics.
    The steam heads I designed and hand my father's metal shop build. The flange bag I have rebuit, along with the stretcher. The crown Iron is next, it spins a touch fast, so either a slower moter or a variable speed.

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    Jimmy
     
  3. job

    job One Too Many

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    Has anybody bought a jpdesign hat? I can't find a website.
     
  4. The Wiser Hatter

    The Wiser Hatter I'll Lock Up

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    He last logged onto the forum 03-26-2010 05:06 PM.
    His profile does have an email address so you could email an see if there is a reply.
     
  5. DJH

    DJH I'll Lock Up

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    John, if you happen to be a member of the COW (IndyGear) forum, there is a lot of comment on the elusive Mr. Pierce.

    See the sticky Delinquent Vendors thread, right at the top of their Fedora forum to get started.
     
  6. Art Fawcett

    Art Fawcett Sponsoring Affiliate

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    After this thread Jimmy opened a store in Grandville ( if memory serves) but it didn't do well enough to support him & his family so he took on an outside job, closed down the store, moved equipment back into his garage, then dropped out of sight. Haven't heard from him in several years.
    I'm not a member of COW anymore David, is that a section a non member can read?
     
  7. DJH

    DJH I'll Lock Up

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    Nope, I don't think any part of that forum can be viewed unless logged in. Shame because there is lots of good info there.

    It does seem that quite a few of them members had ordered (and paid for) hats from Mr. Pierce when he suddenly stopped communicating.
     
  8. daizawaguy

    daizawaguy Call Me a Cab

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  9. Rick Blaine

    Rick Blaine My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Jimmy had his ups & downs- he always did right by me, his reach just exceeded his grasp.

    Given how v-e-r-y long some are willing to wait & the lack of communication they endure for an AB - it makes jp look not-so-bad is -I guess what I am trying to articulate ...delicately.
     
  10. barrowjh

    barrowjh One Too Many

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    He did right by me, some refurb work a few years back. Unfortunate the cards did not play out well.
     
  11. Not-Bogart13

    Not-Bogart13 Call Me a Cab

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    My first experience with Jimmy went well, but after that it got ugly. My last dealing involved a reblock that turned into a six-month game of hide & seek. That ended with a rather fierce message from me demanding my hat back immediately, reblocked or not. My hat showed up without a word, reblocked, but not as I had instructed. It was all a darned shame.
     
  12. cookie

    cookie I'll Lock Up

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    I never saw two hats I sent him.
     
  13. Rick Blaine

    Rick Blaine My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    That is wrong, wrong, wrong.

    My .o2, fwiw, which ain't much. :confused:
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2012
  14. animator

    animator One of the Regulars

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    Jimmy delivered a couple of nicely reworked Stetson Pinnacles to me at a good price 4 or 5 years ago.

    I'm sorry things didn't work out so well for other people.
     

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