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King’s Umbrella Hat Company

The Lost Cowboy

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Updates as a hat is being made are always fun. My King’s Umbrella felt is pounced and blocked and the brim is cut. We’re waiting on the ribbon to arrive (we’re looking at a light blue option).

Meanwhile this other ribbon in the photo also looks quite lovely - Alan said it is called “sea haze” and is “in the grey-green-blue family.”

I’m very pleased with the block and brim break here. This is a 5-3/4 inch crown with dimensional brim.
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hambone71

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Updates as a hat is being made are always fun. My King’s Umbrella felt is pounced and blocked and the brim is cut. We’re waiting on the ribbon to arrive (we’re looking at a light blue option).

Meanwhile this other ribbon in the photo also looks quite lovely - Alan said it is called “sea haze” and is “in the grey-green-blue family.”

I’m very pleased with the block and brim break here. This is a 5-3/4 inch crown with dimensional brim.
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I can already tell, it's gonna be a good one. Mines next on the block. I'm excited about the fancy hat box too, and the fancy calligraphy.
 

The Lost Cowboy

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I can already tell, it's gonna be a good one. Mines next on the block. I'm excited about the fancy hat box too, and the fancy calligraphy.
I have to admit the box was the final straw on this decision. I hope Alan isn't losing money on this start up (I mean, free shipping on top of everything else?) and I wonder how long he will be able to provide the fancy boxes (maybe forever, what do I know?), but I sure hope I get one!
 

hambone71

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I have to admit the box was the final straw on this decision. I hope Alan isn't losing money on this start up (I mean, free shipping on top of everything else?) and I wonder how long he will be able to provide the fancy boxes (maybe forever, what do I know?), but I sure hope I get one!
He must not have a lot if money in those "barn find" felt bodies. I hope he has quite a few left, though, because I may need another one. :oops:
 
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He must not have a lot if money in those "barn find" felt bodies. I hope he has quite a few left, though, because I may need another one. :oops:


He’s already out of hat bodies big enough to make hats in my size. I’m thinking of sending him a FEPSA felt body, but then I’m trying to not buy more hats for the rest of the year…except for those already in the works.
 

Rmccamey

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What a beautiful color combination. I'm not big into blue but that is a fantastic look.

Not the final bow work, just a quick mock-up from Alan to verify ribbon choice and bow style. I love this - simple and light and it stops just short of Miami Vice (in my opinion, at least).

A matching whippet style brim binding to be added as well and are are just now talking wind cords. Hooyah!

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hambone71

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Roll Tide
Not the final bow work, just a quick mock-up from Alan to verify ribbon choice and bow style. I love this - simple and light and it stops just short of Miami Vice (in my opinion, at least).

A matching whippet style brim binding to be added as well and we are just now talking wind cords. Hooyah!

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That is gonna be one sweet hat, my friend. Did Alan say if he had more Bone felts? The more I look at this, the more I likes!

Mine is off the block and ready for the brim binding.

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hambone71

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I have landed on this ribbon color and also nix'd the brim binding. I have opted for a raw edge instead. If the binding were a closer match to the felt, I'd move forward with it but ultimately, I felt I may have too many browns going on.

We're also in discussion of a frayed rear bow. Not quite sold on that yet.

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Central California
I have landed on this ribbon color and also nix'd the brim binding. I have opted for a raw edge instead. If the binding were a closer match to the felt, I'd move forward with it but ultimately, I felt I may have too many browns going on.

We're also in discussion of a frayed rear bow. Not quite sold on that yet.

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I rarely opt for raw brim edges, but they can be just the ticket. I wonder if anyone is offering a wafer brim edge…?
 
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vancouver, canada
I rarely opt for raw brim edges, but they can be just the ticket. I wonder if anyone is offering a wafer brim edge…?
It is possible it just depends on how much the hatter sands down the brim edge. A brim plater helps as well as the hydraulic pressure does compress the felt. I think a brim plater is on most hatters wish list but at $12-15 grand out of most or our capabilities. I think at the very least hatters sand down the hard right angle that the rounding jack produces on the cut.
 
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It is possible it just depends on how much the hatter sands down the brim edge. A brim plater helps as well as the hydraulic pressure does compress the felt. I think a brim plater is on most hatters wish list but at $12-15 grand out of most or our capabilities. I think at the very least hatters sand down the hard right angle that the rounding jack produces on the cut.


Are they really that expensive? I didn’t think they would be cheap, but that’s ridiculous. I know Kevin @ChicagoWayVito has one among with a full set of sized plates. I’m going to as Gannon for a wafer edge on my first hat from him using FEPSA rabbit felt.
 

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