Figure I would show some more photos of this in some lighting since the rain has stopped this evening. The chocolate color really comes through outside in ways the camera may not pick up.
Being my first real hat that wasn't a crushable wool one. I’m getting used to handling it. Rick gave it a nice curve to the brim before it’s journey. I’m learning to work the brim myself or trying to with my fingers. The western weight is substantial and sturdy.
The 4inch height with the shallow crease is nice. I never liked how some hats rub the top of your head and he made it just right so it just barely has some clearance. The sweatband is quite comfortable and I’m guessing like a pair of boots the hat will mold more to my head in time.
I went to visit my folks and my dad already wants one of his own.
Wow, Alfred, the hat turned out great and I am pleased you're happy with it. I like that chocolate color. Rick has done a great job on all the hats he's made me, but the Trekker gets the most wear because it is my nicest (by far) outdoor hat. It has aged very well, through rain and snow and beating around in the brush. I literally just hung mine up this morning after a three-day camping trip with the grandkids.
You're right, this hat will literally mold to fit your head perfectly in time, especially after some wet-weather time. That's also a good time to tweak anything about the crown or brim that you don't like, when the felt is wet and pliable. Just make sure and let it air dry at room temperature, and put a little leather dressing on the sweatband occasionally after it's been wet, and even less frequently a little on the leather hatband, depending on how you want it to look. Otherwise, just wear it! I hope you get many happy years out of it.
Please do make sure and post photos of your adventures either here or maybe in the "Fedoras Afield" thread. We like to see hats doing their job!