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Harry Jones

New in Town
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34
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Gainesville, Florida
My second attempt. This one started out as a Resistol western, sort of an Open Road style with crown of about 5 1/4" and brim of 3" front and back, 3 1/4" sides.

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Yielded hat with 4 3/4" crown at it highest, 4 1/4 at the front, and a brim of 2 3/4" all around. In this pic the brim still needs a bit of sanding and the hat will get brushed.

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Learning curve: my brim trimmer worked OK, except I had the blade set to deep. It tended to grab the cutting board and flex a bit, leaving a few rough spots. I see why the professional ones have the brass plate on the bottom. I made a mistake and bought polyester ribbon instead of cotton/rayon. It was a challenge to get it to go on without gaps. Luckily I came across some info on FL that helped. The color is a bit lighter tan than it seems in the pics, and I liked the casual spring/summer look. Thinking about adding some ventilation holes or eyelets, but not sure yet.
 

Sam Craig

One Too Many
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1,356
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Great Bend, Kansas
Resistols and the Dobbs Westward both make up into great fedoras, though after working with both and with several generations of Stetson ORs, I have come to appreciate the Akubra Campdrafts and Bushman even more.

The early ... 40s and 50s ... ORs are great ... when you can find them, which is just about never in my big size.

I still have one from the 50s that I wear for a knock around.

I should have paid more attention 20 years ago and taken better care of the ones I found.

Around here, at least, they just don't show up any more.

I still wear my Dobbs Westward ... Wichita Hat Works put a new sweat in it this past year ... but I don't look for more of them to turn up either... without getting into an Ebay bidding war, at least.

I'll just stick with my CDs ... life's too short.

Sam
 

Harry Jones

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Location
Gainesville, Florida
Reasonably certain this was not a vintage Resistol! I would be very nervous about converting a vintage hat, not enough knowledge or experience for that. I really like the Akubra Cattleman I converted and look forward to having other Akubras.
 

randooch

I'll Lock Up
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Location
Ukiah, California
Nice work, Harry.

When you sand the brim, you might work toward the illusion of thinner felt by sanding the top and bottom of the edge more than the center.

Ventilation holes would be nice!
 

Harry Jones

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Location
Gainesville, Florida
Good suggestion. Actually, I did just that! Disguises the thickness of the felt a bit. Living in Florida and intending to use this hat in Spring and Summer (maybe), I suspect I'll try some sort of ventilation. Have been checking out some threads on FL about this and have been getting ideas for designs. I left the liner out for the same reason.
 

DOGMAN

One Too Many
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Northeast Ohio
After reading this thread and seeing all the conversions I've been bite by the conversion bug.I picked up a resistol on Ebay and tried my hand at it.Made a brim trimmer,cut down the brim from 3 7/8 to 2 6/8.The crown was about 6 1/2" open.Now 5 1/8" front and 4 3/8" back.Used a 2" navy blue ribbon.
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Harry Jones

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Location
Gainesville, Florida
Very cool! You are a brave soul, with that tall crown. When I was playing with my latest, I ended up with a C crown; trying to do a center dent produced a crown that just would not look right: height and taper. Tell us about your brim trimmer. I am particularly interested in the cutter.
 

DOGMAN

One Too Many
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Northeast Ohio
Thanks, Harry.The brim cutter was some wood and a exacto knife I had.I drilled a hole that the knife would just fit through and put in a set screw to hold it in.
 

scottyrocks

I'll Lock Up
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9,100
Location
Isle of Langerhan, NY
Super job, Dogman. Love the blue ribbon, too.

Harry, I had the same issue with a western conversion. The crown was so high that a center dent didn't look right so I went with a C.

The problem with a lot of westerns is that they're so thick that they're not so easy to work with.
 

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