Hat blocks to a milliner, are like paper to a writer. Hat blocks have been made for centuries by skilled artisans however, with the rise in new technologies and skills, milliners are now able to shape and create their own hat blocks using foam, paper mache and Espartrie to name a just few.
Very curious to hear people's responses on this. I use pretty much anything made of wood, including the back of a mandolin! I also have made (wet) clay pieces that I stretch wool over, but usually for smaller detail pieces or as an addition to an existing form. I would love to hear how others make blocks though, I am always looking for unusual shapes.
No, I have not make any attempts but I seriously need to make one to start with.
Ian Bennett generously shares all his proven methods to enable you to successfully make durable foam hat blocks.