Hat Making Tool: Right-Handed & Left-Handed Foot Tollikers, Hard Rock Maple & Abalone Shell

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 10-07-2008 09:48 PM 13958 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Hat Maker’s Tool called a Foot Tolliker

  1. Hardrock Maple Wood
  2. Poplar Wood
  3. Black Walnut Wood

Normall, I build these tools on order, but you can check at by clicking here to see what is in inventory


What does this thing do? Watch this video by California Custom Hat Maker Tom Gomez from Premier Panama Hats using one of my Foot Tollikers on a straw body Panama Hat. Here is a link to Tom's ebay Store

Video Link:

To See More Hatmaking Tool Videos from Tom Gomez:
  1. Foot Tollikers: click here to see
  2. Kettle Curling Tool: click here to see one
  3. Puller Downer: click here to see one:
  4. Pusher Downer: click here to see one
  5. Rounding Jack: click here to see one



  1. To purchase a Right Hand Hard-rock Maple Foot Tolliker, please visit this item at
  2. To purchase a Left Hand Hard-rock Maple Foot Tolliker, please send me an email.
  3. To purchase a Collector Edition Right Hand Tolliker, please visit this item at
  4. To purchase a Black Walnut Foot Tolliker (right or left hand), please send me an email.

email: [email protected]

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Project Story
This is a hand held wooden tool used in the production of Hats, such as Cowboy, Western, Fedora, and Milliinery Hats.

This tool is unique, in that I built it specifically with the Left Handed Hat Maker in Mind.

Although the Left-Handed Foot Tolliker shown in the photos has been Sold – I can carve some more.

So, please email me for information on how to order your own tools, either Right-Handed, or Left-Handed. Also, below, I have a growing list of other hat making tools I have built this year.

Don’t just take my word for it, read what the customer thought by clicking here


email: [email protected]

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Here are a couple of old drawings from Ermatinger’s book on how the Foot Tolliker used to be used.


Artisan Hat Tools by Mark DeCou Studio
(Do you want to see More? Just follow these links):

ARE LISTED IN MY ETSY.COM ONLINE SHOP, click here to check inventory

Rounding Jacks, Collector’s Editions:
  1. Ebonized Walnut Clockwise with Laser Engraving
  2. Walnut Counter Clockwise w/Laser Engraving
  3. Walnut Uni-Directional Cutter
Rounding Jacks, Deluxe Model:
  1. Maple Deluxe Model, Counter Clockwise Cutter
  2. Maple Deluxe Model, Clockwise Cutter
  3. Walnut Deluxe, Counter Clockwise Cutter
  4. Walnut Deluxe, Clockwise Cutter
Rounding Jacks, Hobbyist-Hatter Model:
  1. Walnut Hobbyist-Hatter Model, Counter Clockwise Cutter
  2. Walnut Hobbyist-Hatter Model, Clockwise Cutter
Bench-Top Display Stands for Rounding Jacks:
  1. Walnut Bench-Top Display Stand
  2. Oak Bench-Top Display Stand
    Click here to check inventory
Customized Rounding Jacks, Personalized for Specific Hatters:
  1. Spradley Hats in Apline, TX
  2. Rachel Pollock of La Bricoleuse
  3. Brainpan Hat Shop in Sumner, WA
  4. Steve Delk's Adventurebilt Hat Co.
  5. Marc Kitter's Adventurebilt Hat Co.
  6. Pyrate Trading Co.
  7. Hatman Jack at Wichita Hat Works
  8. Inaaya Hat Co.
  9. Penman Hat Co.
Formillons & Conformateurs:
  1. Complete Restoration of a Maillard Conformateur and Formillon
  2. New DeCou Formillion & Conformer, Prototypes #1 & #2
  3. Custom Designed Conformateur Carrying & Storage Case
  4. New Plot Base Board for the Maillard Allie Formillon
  5. Maple Wrench for Tightening Formillon Thumbnuts
Foot Tollikers:
  1. Left-Handed & Right-Handed Foot Tolliker
  2. Foot Tolliker: Elk Antler & Birch Wood, on a Display Stand
  3. Foot Tolliker: Walnut Wood, on a Display Stand
  4. Foot Tollikers: Three in White Birch Wood
  5. Foot Tollikers: Walnut Wood Set of Four
  6. Foot Tollikers, Birch Wood Double Set, on Display Stand
Brim Edge Curling Tools:
  1. Hinge-Shackle Curling Tool for the Homburg Hat
  2. Full Circle Shackle Curling Tool
  3. Half Circle Shacking Curling Tool
  4. Groove Tolliker Curing Tool
Band Blocks:
  1. Thick Poplar Wood, Various Sizes and Oval Shapes, with Tapered Sides
Crown Blocks
  1. Long Oval Crown Block Sculpting Work
Hat Block Spinners:
  1. Late Turned Hat Block Spinners
Flange Stands:
  1. Heavy Duty Flange Stands
Puller Downers:
  1. Puller Downers
Pusher Downers:
  1. Pusher Downers
Hat Racks, Hat Stands, & Cedar Band Blocks:
  1. Hat Racks to keep oval shapes
Stainless Steel Slip Stick:
  1. “Coming Soon”, please check back.

(Note:This project story, project design, and photos are protected by copyright in 2008-2010 by the Author, M.A.DeCou., all rights reserved, no use allowed without expressed written permission.)

use is allowed.)

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 10-07-2008 10:09 PM

I tip my hat off to you Mark,

It looks like you found a market of things from the past.

I’m not sure if I told you this, but my Dad was a route man for a local laundry. & dry cleaner.

I used to watch the hat blocker in the plant when I was there with my Dad.

They had dozens of wooden blocking molds , for different styles, & sizes.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 10-07-2008 10:10 PM

These have nice grain and curves!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#3 posted 10-08-2008 02:24 AM

Great Mark.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 10-27-2008 01:28 AM

Very interesting tool. I had no idea millinery tools were made from wood. What a wonderful and classic occupation to make tools for!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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