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Over 2 Tons of Hat Blocks

J. Matthew Phipps | July 19, 2014 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

On a little bit of whim, I took a trip to Texas to inspect the contents of a closed hat factory. As a result I’ve acquired over a 1000 wooden hat blocks and flanges from a closed hat factory. They are a combo of domes, western, and men’s hat styles. As of today, they are in transit to my location in Washington.

The plan is to sell many of them, and I’m working on a plan to lease sets on a deposit and return mail model, or a trade basis, if you have an interesting block I might borrow, I’ll loan you one of mine.

These are the pictures I took in Texas. I snapped more pictures of the brim/flange blocks than the crowns.  They’ll be cleaned up and cataloged, and we’ll list them in a few locations. But, contact me if you have an interest in wheeling and dealing.

I was also very lucky to acquire a Singer sweat band sewing machine. How incredible was this trip?

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DIY Felt Rolling Machine

J. Matthew Phipps | October 23, 2013 | COMMENTS:No Comments »
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I needed a felt rolling machine but didn’t want to spend a lot of money. The professional machines were either too big and too expensive or two small and too expensive. In future posts, I’ll detail how I built it, but for now, I’ll post some pictures and the more creative of you can deduce how it was done. Of course, I’ll be more than happy to discuss details.

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