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Hey everyone,

I joined the Fedora Lounge forums to promote my new conformer that I've been working on for a few months now. I've seen the newer 3D printed and plastic conformers that have been floating around, but wanted to bring back the beautiful wood aesthetic that we've all seen in the antique designs. I started this project after the conformer my wife owned was slowly falling apart due to it being close to 140 years old and didn't want her to have the eyesore of a plastic conformer amongst all of her beautiful hardwood tools. If anyone out there is interested I am now selling this design of conformer/conformateur.
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Hey everyone,

I joined the Fedora Lounge forums to promote my new conformer that I've been working on for a few months now. I've seen the newer 3D printed and plastic conformers that have been floating around, but wanted to bring back the beautiful wood aesthetic that we've all seen in the antique designs. I started this project after the conformer my wife owned was slowly falling apart due to it being close to 140 years old and didn't want her to have the eyesore of a plastic conformer amongst all of her beautiful hardwood tools. If anyone out there is interested I am now selling this design of conformer/conformateur.View attachment 375528 View attachment 375529

Third thread on this?
 

belfastboy

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Seeing that you've commented on this before. I'm assuming this is a pretty small or large but inactive community?
It is very active but mostly by collectors/fedora enthusiasts....only a few hat makers here and most don't have a bricks and mortars storefront. So a full blown conformateur, even though beautiful, is not something that would be a fit for us hat makers. You would be more effective, I would think, contacting those hatters that do deal with the walk in/face to face trade.
 
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Seeing that you've commented on this before. I'm assuming this is a pretty small or large but inactive community?

It is very active but mostly by collectors/fedora enthusiasts....only a few hat makers here and most don't have a bricks and mortars storefront. So a full blown conformateur, even though beautiful, is not something that would be a fit for us hat makers. You would be more effective, I would think, contacting those hatters that do deal with the walk in/face to face trade.

This community is fairly small, very engaged, and pretty active among the Membership for this site. To add to @belfastboy's comment, we have a handfull of hatters here, and maybe two additional handfulls of folks who like to dive into repairs, conversions, etc. from a hobbiest's perspective (that's me).

You are doing beautiful work, don't get me wrong. My previous comment (regarding the price) was a personal observation - too rich for my blood, LOL. Given the engagement in this community, however, starting three threads on the same subject is a bit of overkill around here. As I indicated, we're pretty engaged, interested, and most of us visit the site several times a day. I know you're trying to sell a product - and I wish you much success - but starting several threads on the subject strikes me as beating us over the head with it. If your thread drops down in the queue, just go in and type "bump" or some such and it will bubble back to the top.
 

AbbaDatDeHat

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Don’t be discouraged, @ChavanneWoodWorks.
Without a doubt your work is functional artwork of a seldom seen hat making tool. I think we all would love to have one whether we build hats or not. As such it naturally deserves a premium price.
Hopefully you will stick around and maybe expand your efforts into other hat making hand tools that are hard to come by.
Also, you might want to add some contact info on your profile page such as any web presence on social media. Photos in an album might help your efforts as well.
Welcome to the Lounge.
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This community is fairly small, very engaged, and pretty active among the Membership for this site. To add to @belfastboy's comment, we have a handfull of hatters here, and maybe two additional handfulls of folks who like to dive into repairs, conversions, etc. from a hobbiest's perspective (that's me).

You are doing beautiful work, don't get me wrong. My previous comment (regarding the price) was a personal observation - too rich for my blood, LOL. Given the engagement in this community, however, starting three threads on the same subject is a bit of overkill around here. As I indicated, we're pretty engaged, interested, and most of us visit the site several times a day. I know you're trying to sell a product - and I wish you much success - but starting several threads on the subject strikes me as beating us over the head with it. If your thread drops down in the queue, just go in and type "bump" or some such and it will bubble back to the top.


Awesome! Thank you for the advice. Just seeing the same people comment again on the post I had the thought of what you just mentioned of spamming a small community. My only forum reference is the woodworkers subreddit with a few 100,000 members so posts get hidden within a few hours. Poking around here I'm learning people continue post conversations for years.
 

belfastboy

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True. New hatters need to get something cheap/inexpensive to get up and running.
Also, most hatters these days run online rather than bricks & mortar shops. Art @ VS would send out this plastic conformateur to new clients (with a deposit). He would then have the head shape on file for future orders. Art too had a store front but his clientele spanned the world. Your conformateur would be an awesome show piece/centre piece if I owned a shop but I would need to sell a lot of hats to recoup that large a capital expense. For us online hatters the plastic one is the only one that makes sense.
 
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Agree with you 100% on the plastic ones for online based hat makers and their price point. I have a 3d printer and have printed my design in pla, but I don't get the same enjoyment working with plastics as I do with wood.
 

Jaxjax

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Your item is beautiful but I think the poster and most everyone here in the lounge is interested in finding the $200 plastic version.
Agreed. As a woodworker of 15 years, I can definitely appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship, but as an online based hatter, I am looking for something more economical
 

belfastboy

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Agreed. As a woodworker of 15 years, I can definitely appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship, but as an online based hatter, I am looking for something more economical
Try Hatters Supply
What about Art @ VS that you mentioned?
Art is a retired hatter. The one he used is similar for about the same price as the DawsonDesigns but not PLA....more of a standard plastic, Hatters Supply House out of Colorado may have something.
 
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