This quarantine has me on the trail to learn and make my own beaver/rabbit felt hats. I am interested in adding my creative touch to custom made men’s hats like fedora’s, dome shapp3d cowboy hats and boaters.
I am very interested in the Ian Bennet class on Making Foam Head Blocks but I wanted to be sure this method works for the felt hat method that requires steam, heat and stretching.
Any insight is greatly appreciated.
Yes you can successfully block felts on these foam blocks using correct foam & you get about 30 runs on such a block but cheap way to start off. Most milliners use it for limited editions or to test a new design & then later send to blockmaker to make in wood. Set a goal to sell a few for the ultimate block set below :) Elaine http://www.hatblocksaustralia.com.au/open-crowns
Thank you Elaine. I took the class and appreciate what Ian taught. I found the styrofoam today and I am surprised how rigid it actually is. Stay tuned!
Do share results - your on track with huge trend for mens hats :)