Never realized just how early I was into the "proper" shape for a hat till I made this comparison! Yep, same hat may be a year later Obviously I've had a passion for cowboy hats for a while now Started early and just got worse. Got my first decent felt Resistol in the 3rd Grade, early '60s. Reshaped and re-blocked that hat many times before it was stolen my last year in high school. The Resistol that replaced it, I gave away last year! And it was still a darn fine and very usable hat. This photo also told me why, 50 years on, I still prefer a sand colored hat. When a decent 100% beaver hat is selling any where from $450 to well over a grand for beaver I kinda choke. That and the felt being sold by some of the bigger brand names hardly making the "definition" of felt these days, I decided to make a few hats, first for myself, then my wife and eventually a friend or two. No desire to become a full time hatter (or even a part time hatter) but I do enjoy making a decent hat knowing just how long a good one will last. Good guns and a good hat with some care will outlast good men and a good horse every time. Anyone else doing something similar as a hobby?