Hat Making Tool: Flange Stand, New Solid Poplar Wood, Improved Design with Vintage Styling

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 06-24-2010 03:45 PM 7266 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Project Story:

This is a new product for me to offer in my Artisan Hat Tool line, which has grown rather quickly. This particular tool is called a Flange Stand, since it holds up a Flange used in Artisan Hatmaking Shops.

Flange Stands are used by Hat Makers to hold up a Brim Flange, so that the hat can be turned upside down and stuck down into the center of the Stand. This allows the flattening and shaping of the brim on a workbench or table top. The old looking “toilet seat shaped thing” is a Brim Flange. Brim Flanges come in hundreds of sizes and styles, but they all need to sit on a Flange Stand.

This Flange Stand was built for Rachel Pollock, a hat maker, costume designer, special topics lecturer, and a University level instructor on stage costumes and hats. She is a very talented lady, and Rachel's Labricoleuse Hat Making Blog can be found by clicking the link here.

Here is Rachel’s initial review of the new flange stand

To order one of these Flange Stands, you can email me, or commission an Order at my store


Thanks for looking,
Mark DeCou


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.)

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

6 comments so far

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#1 posted 06-24-2010 04:33 PM

Glad I read your project story first before commenting. While I was looking at it I was saying man this is really nice! Had no idea what it was as I never heard of it but now I do. Thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Roger Strautman

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#2 posted 06-24-2010 04:40 PM

Is this your own design? I like the color contrast you used. I’m glad to see that the hat business is still strong for you.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Mark A. DeCou

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#3 posted 06-24-2010 04:45 PM

thanks Ken. Artisan Hatmakers are a very interesting group. They are hugely passionate about what they do and collect. They are craftspeople themselves, and so they have a lot of respect for anything handmade, and they are really into preserving history. So, we are a good match, since I hold high the same values.

I do a lot of hat tool restoration work, where I take things that would normally have been discarded, and restore them back to working hat tools. When I make new tools, my customer base likes them to look vintage, but be new and work better than the old tools did. It’s been a great sideline to my business, and if I hadn’t gotten started in doing hat tools in 2007, I think that I would be out of business by now.

It’s been that important to keeping me employed in this business adventure, when the custom furniture orders died out with the economy. Hat tool sales have slowed, but during that time, the word-of-mouth network has spread and so I’ve stayed pretty busy with them. They aren’t the most demanding items of my woodworking skills, or creativity, so there is a downside to everything, but I’m very grateful to still have the shop open and have orders to fill me out through Christmas this year. Back in the good-ole days, I was booked 24 months out, but I’m tickled now to have 6-9 months of work to do every morning.

thanks for looking at the project.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Mark A. DeCou

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#4 posted 06-24-2010 04:47 PM

Hey Roger, I have more to post about the design, which I’ll do when I get more time in a couple of days. I used the styling of the old Flange Stands, but improved the design. Even making a little functional item like this, I can’t help but to match grain and try to make it look pretty. You know me.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#5 posted 06-24-2010 07:17 PM

Mark This is a great looking stand. Am I guessing correctly that you are only making the stand to fit the customers Brim Flange.

Or do you make them also.

-- 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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#6 posted 06-24-2010 07:24 PM

mark its so good to see you here and im glad your strill making the wood working happen…one thing ive learned with this is diversity..and i believe your doing that …good job on these…glad to see you…....grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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