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Discussion in 'Hats' started by ChicagoWayVito, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. Rockwater

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    Thanks
     
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  2. Hat and Rehat

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    That's beautiful. If I started sticking pins in it I'd fear some kind of voodoo doll thing, though. My knee would develop pain, or my back would go out.
     
  3. Frunobulax

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    OK, asking for advice. I need to shrink a felt about a half to a full size to bring it down to fit me. I've stretched, but never shrank. What is the best technique for shrinking the felt to the size block I want?
     
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  4. Hat and Rehat

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    That's a risky proposition.
    The theory would be to get it wet, then use dry heat to dry it fast. Its playing with fire, though. I dont know how you could control it. You couldn't drum the sweat a little tighter, or something like that?

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  5. T Jones

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    That's a real beauty. I love the one you made for me. I almost hate using it because it looks so nice. It's a real work of art! Here's the one you made for me, also in mahogany...
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  6. deadlyhandsome

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    Send Rick @humanshoes a PM and ask him. He shrunk a black cherry that turned out great.

    If it’s a 7 5/8 or 7 3/4, I know just how to take care of it. It will take 25 years, but the results will be exceptional. And my rates are very reasonable too.


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  7. T Jones

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    It's pretty easy to shrink one down a size. Not a problem at all. I've done several like that. My last conversion was a 7 3/8 4X Stetson that I blocked down to a 7 1/4 to fit me. Couldn't have turned out better.
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  8. Cornshucker77

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    I bought one myself. Beautiful work and Jim is a perfectionist who is great to work with. I highly recommend Jim's work.
     
  9. Frunobulax

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    Yeah, but how? Steam? Soaking in hot water? I'm not sure where to begin.

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  10. Rockwater

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    Thanks for the opportunity to build it for you Scott. Enjoy, and I hope it serves you well for many many years.
     
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  11. T Jones

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    PM sent.
     
  12. Hat and Rehat

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    How do you control the amount of shrinkage?

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  13. Hat and Rehat

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    You mean reblocking a new hat, basically, from an old felt, then? Stretch to the smaller block, gaining a little brim as a bonus?

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  14. TimothyF

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    It has been a while since i posted any work. Here is an Akubra Fed. IV that i reblocked. Not a lot of difference but enough. Also i noticed something working on this. The brim was not correct in size. It was a little shorter actually. And i checked my other Akubra Fed. IV that i did not mess with and it was the same way... the sides were not the 63 mm (2.5") as advertized on either. The front and back are perfect at 2 3/4" though[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  15. deadlyhandsome

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    Nice job. It really has the Raiders look too.


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  16. TimothyF

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    Thank You. The block was a lot of trial and error with the shape lol.

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  17. deadlyhandsome

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    Did you make the block yourself? It looks a lot like a straight-sided dome block as made by Hat Shapers (I know it’s not since your block is wood, but the profile looks very similar). Whatever the block, it certainly came out nice.


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  18. I think it was Bob Roberts who posted once about wetting them, then putting them over a light bulb. But I don't know if that shrinks the felt or just the sweat. You might ask him.
     
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  19. Frunobulax

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    That's just the sweat. I tried that with success on a new CD. This is a D'Aquino I'm unhappy with and want to rebuild.

    Terry has sent some pointers. Hopefully, I can tackle it this weekend.

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  20. TimothyF

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    Yes i made the block Myself. are You talking about those plastic ones?

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