The Conversion Corral

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Davidson, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. jswindle2

    jswindle2 One of the Regulars

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    I wasn't going to say anything, but you are right on point @milandro . There's no one for miles who could even pretend to know how to work on a hat, western or else. Which is a sad thing to say living in Texas. Luckily, we have a shoe repair place here that has been in the same family for over 100 years and they do great work, but I'm well aware they is a rare luxury these days. I've had to learn how to do things myself if I want to get the hats I want. Since I'm a guy with a 7 5/8 LO and pointed head, finding a high crowned fedora is almost impossible. Therefore, I'm having to convert any western I can find that fits. The only thing I have yet to tackle is sewing a sweatband. I guess I'll have to continue on my search for a good set of instructions. Until I see you again, thank you for your help.
     
  2. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

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    I don’t have anyone local. I’ve been sending most of my hat work to Art Fawcett at VS, and that’s almost 700km from me. I ship them and Art ships them back.

    I recently tried a more local hatter and was very disappointed in the quality of her work.


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  3. milandro

    milandro One of the Regulars

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    I have seen some videos and I’ve shown them to my wife (which stitched my only sweatband replacement) .

    I think this was the video in question. Watch it all but the relevant part starts at 12’. The sweatband gets first basted ( by hand) and then sewn (with a machine)
     
  4. J Williams

    J Williams A-List Customer

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    @bond here on the lounge or finevintagefedoras on etsy sells pre-sewn sweatbands to your size specifications. Just have to tack them into the hat. They are very nice and reasonably priced. I can’t see shipping being that crazy maybe for you @milandro but certainly not to Texas


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  5. Steve1857

    Steve1857 My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Terry, you truly are the conversation king. You always do a great and thorough job. I always end up thinking, how did he do that? Take one, nice looking hat and turn it into a stunner? A mystery to most of us. An art form to you. Cudos, friend.
    Hope your wife and your back are feeling better.

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  6. jswindle2

    jswindle2 One of the Regulars

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    Yea, I've already contacted him. Once I learn how to sew in the sweats, I'll be ordering some from him.
     
  7. For some reason this reminded me of a 1935 Stetson Catalog ad I ran across when searching "Arminto" styles.

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    Not sure I want to "get the service" ... :eek:
     
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  8. Steve1857

    Steve1857 My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Milandro, I grew up with that cheesy comedy show back in the 70s in the UK. Thanks for bringing back the memories [emoji4]

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  9. T Jones

    T Jones I'll Lock Up

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    Thank you Steve! I really appreciate that. I'm just finishing up another one that I'll be posting here in the Conversion Corral in the next day or so. This one took me a little while to do because of some back issues. I'll probably be taking several weeks off from doing more conversions until it gets better. It's back into PT again.
     
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  10. Steve1857

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    Sorry to hear about the back issues, Terry. Hope the treatment helps.

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  11. T Jones

    T Jones I'll Lock Up

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    Thank you Steve. This will make my third round of PT.
     
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  12. T Jones

    T Jones I'll Lock Up

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    I finally finished up a project that took me a while to get through. Back issues are going to have me sidelined for several weeks so this will be the last conversion I do until I finish PT again. Anyway, this started out as a too small size 7 Bark Brown Resistol Stagecoach that I blocked up to a size 7 1/4 and converted. I reused the original liner and sweat bow. Here's the specs on it:



    Crown:
    1. Open - a very straight sided 5 3/4 inches tall.
    2. As creased - teardrop crease with a high and tight pinch at 4 3/4 inches with a rake sloping back to 4 1/4 inches. Overall crown height, as creased, is a tall and vertical 5 inches.
    3. Longhair finish.

    Ribbon:
    The ribbon work is black at 1 1/2 wide.


    Brim:
    The brim is raw edge at 2 3/4 inches wide and was flanged on a #19 brim flange.

    Sweat Band:
    New


    Before:
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    On the block:
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    Brim cut to size with my handy dandy Rick Walker brim cutter @ 2 3/4 inches. Also used my handy dandy Rockwater band block for the cut:
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    After:
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  13. Steve1857

    Steve1857 My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Wow, Terry! You've breathed new life into that Resistol. Looks so cool.

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  14. T Jones

    T Jones I'll Lock Up

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    Thank you Steve!
     
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  15. humanshoes

    humanshoes Vendor

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    Another damn fine conversion Terry. Nobody does it better.
     
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  16. T Jones

    T Jones I'll Lock Up

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    Thank you Rick! I couldn't have done it without my handy dandy Rick Walker brim cutter! I love that tool!
     
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  17. humanshoes

    humanshoes Vendor

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    Glad it's still serving you well T.
     
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  18. Rockwater

    Rockwater A-List Customer

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    You’re too good to be sidelined T.
    Hoping you get back in the game quickly!
     
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  19. T Jones

    T Jones I'll Lock Up

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    Thank you buddy. As soon as I get through all of this I'll be right back on my conversions!
     
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  20. Hat and Rehat

    Hat and Rehat Call Me a Cab

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    Hello Milandro,
    Can I ask where those drawings came from? I'm a woodworker, of sorts, a residential carpenter. A furniture maker's skill set is probably a better fit for making these things, but I have taken on the challenge. I have two flange projects underway right now. I've been unable to find a source of design drawings like that, so have been trying to borrow from the two vintage flanges I own, and also do some designing of my own. what you shared would make my life much easier.
     

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