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How is this tool called
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Hello everyone,How is this tool called?Attaching picture for reference.Warmly,EmilisContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Darryll Osborne Apr 20.

Hat blocks
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Hello,I'm a begginer and was wondering from where I should buy hat blocks? Brand new ones cost a fortune as I can see (150-300$). Does anyone know the cheapest place to buy them? Im located in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by edith f May 13.

Best felt to practise hat making?
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Hello everybody!I'm trying to get into hat making, and I was wondering, which felt is the best to practise hat making on? I know beaver is the best, but I'm abit on a budget.Attaching a picture on…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine Mergard May 1.

 

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edith f replied to Emilis Melnikavicius's discussion Hat blocks
"eBay is a good place actually"
May 13
Emilis Melnikavicius replied to Emilis Melnikavicius's discussion Best felt to practise hat making?
"Dear Catherine, In regards of stiffening the brim, you said that it ruins the apperance... but in which way? I've read other people saying that some stiffener doesn't leave any marks. In regards to wiring the hat, is the any special wire…"
May 1
Catherine Ward replied to Emilis Melnikavicius's discussion Best felt to practise hat making?
"Hi Emilis I make fedoras and have tried to get a stiff brim without wiring on rabbit and wool felt but I haven't  found it possible without stiffening under the brim which ruins the appearance. Even on a narrow rim sprayed with strong hair…"
Apr 30
Victoria Regina replied to Emilis Melnikavicius's discussion Best felt to practise hat making?
"Hello again Emilis, Typing late at night made my sentence all garbled. Sorry. If you sand thinner felts that have been stiffened your sanding down to the inside of the felt where most of the stiffener resides. From experience, the felt tends to look…"
Apr 23
Emilis Melnikavicius replied to Emilis Melnikavicius's discussion Best felt to practise hat making?
"Thank you for your answer Victoria! What did you meant by "With other felts you can sand up the chalk stiffener with thinner felts. "? And when you said to stay away from sanding and 'use your brushes', which brushes were you…"
Apr 22
Victoria Regina replied to Emilis Melnikavicius's discussion Best felt to practise hat making?
"Sanding is done by Hatters because they use a lot of Beaver mix felts.Sanding works best with beaver because you general don't need stiffener when working with that felt. With other felts you can sand up the chalk stiffener with thinner…"
Apr 22
Darryll Osborne replied to Emilis Melnikavicius's discussion How is this tool called
"Hello Emilis The hat making trade call that a ''Pusher down'' tool. It is a very old tool used mostly in the making of men's hats but does have the same use in millinery. It is used to push down a cord or thin rope when…"
Apr 20
Emilis Melnikavicius replied to Emilis Melnikavicius's discussion Best felt to practise hat making?
"Thank you for your answers Elaine!Talking about sanding the surface of the hat (with a trimmer machine or sand paper), my question is, Can you do it on any felt, to get the skin-like texture?"
Apr 18
Elaine Mergard replied to Emilis Melnikavicius's discussion Hat blocks
"Hi Emilis, I often tell students they are actually learning a trade and like all trades need some tools. I know how hard it was to buy a range of blocks as a mum of 4. There are cheap blocks but many students have been caught out as timber is not…"
Apr 16

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