Hat Making Tool: Puller Downer, in Maple or White Birch

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If you are looking for an exact replica of the hard-to-find antique Puller Downers, you’ve come to the right spot.

Material Options:
  1. Maple wood Puller Downer
  2. Poplar wood Puller Downer
  3. Black Walnut wood Puller Downer
Four Sizes Available:
  1. Kid’s Hat Size
  2. Small Size
  3. Medium Size
  4. Large Size

Items Available for Immediate Purchase at
ARE LISTED IN MY ETSY.COM ONLINE SHOP, click here to check inventory

Email me: [email protected]
website name:


Here is Hat Maker Tom Gomez of Premier Panama Hats showing how he uses my Puller Downer Tool to make a Straw Body Hat.

Here is a link to Tom's ebay Store

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 (Runner Downer): click to see one
  5. Rounding Jack: click here to see one

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Project Story:

In support of the custom hat makers, I have been asked to complete a product called a “Puller Downer.”

This tool is a boomerang shaped device that is used to pull the felt down tight during the blocking process. I’ve never done it, just had it demonstrated to me.

The old “Puller Downer” is a hard tool to find, and most of the time they are broken, or worn out, or splintering, which makes it difficult to use on the soft surface of an expensive hat.

So, a couple of artisan hat makers asked me to make an up-to-date version of the “Puller Downer” so that they could use it in their custom hat making work.

Here is a photo showing the old Antique pine wood Puller Downer on the far left, with my new Puller Downers made in Hard Maple in the middle, and White Birch on the far right.

Here is a closer view of my “signature” abalone dot, that I am putting on all of my hatmaking tools, just because it looks good to me.


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 -

7 comments so far

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Roger Strautman

657 posts in 4741 days

#1 posted 04-19-2008 10:33 PM

Once again you are spot on. You make it and they will come.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

View Karson's profile


35209 posts in 5008 days

#2 posted 04-19-2008 10:48 PM

Looks great Mark. I don’t know if a stampede of buyers will come, but there has got to be quite a few.

-- 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]

View ChicoWoodnut's profile


904 posts in 4423 days

#3 posted 04-19-2008 10:55 PM

Makes me wonder how much I’d pay for a table saw if they became obsolete and were no longer manufactuerd. Hmmmmm

-- Scott - Chico California

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10635 posts in 4854 days

#4 posted 04-19-2008 11:19 PM

Way to go Mark, you’ve found another niche market. Too cool. When I was a kid we use to make hillbilly hats out of old felt hats by getting them wet and stretching them to a point. Stupid, but we thought it was cool at the time. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Mark A. DeCou

2008 posts in 5013 days

#5 posted 04-20-2008 02:39 AM

Mike: the hat niche found me. I was just in the right place at the right time to be asked to make something that a hatmaker couldn’t find. That posting on LJ, was found by others on the internet, and then more hatmakers emailed. They are a fun group to work with, passionate about their craft, and looking for the custom tools that they need to do the work.

The Puller Down is a pretty simple tool from a woodworking standpoint, but getting the right shape, now, that’s the trick. Notice there weren’t any good photos of the shape, or anything to calibrate the view? Hmm, I’m tricky.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Lee A. Jesberger

6866 posts in 4587 days

#6 posted 04-20-2008 12:50 PM


If you develope a following in the hat making business / hobby it would be nice since it doesn’t require much in the way of materials or space to do it.

Your signature dot is hard to read though. I couldn’t even see the letters. LOL



-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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18619 posts in 4768 days

#7 posted 04-21-2008 03:51 PM

love the “signature” embellishment

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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