Hat Making Tool: Pusher Downer or Runner-Downer, in Walnut, Hard Rock Maple, and Poplar

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 09-13-2008 11:37 PM 10944 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This posting shows a Hat making Wooden tool called a Pusher Downer, also known as a Runner-Downer

Material Options:
  1. Poplar Pusher Downer
  2. Black Walnut Pusher Downer
  3. Birch wood Pusher Downer
  4. Maple wood Pusher Downer

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

Email me: [email protected]
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Here is Hat Maker Tom Gomez of Premier Panama Hats showing how he uses my Pusher 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:

Adding to the growing list of Hat Making tools that I’m calling the “Artisan Hat Tools by Mark DeCou Studio” are these Wooden Pusher Downers.

They are also referred to as a Runner-Downer, depending on whom you ask.

I copied some old Antique tools to duplicate the size and shape, and then added a little “bling”.

I make these little lathe-turned tools in my little wood-shop, one at a time. That simply means that they are not mass-produced, and each one is permanently engraved with my signature and the date.

Material Options:
The Material shown here is Hard Rock Maple, Black Walnut, and Poplar woods, with a signature “Abalone Shell” inlayed dot.

Any type of wood is available, just ask if you have a special request.

Display Stand:
If you want a bench-top display stand, either functional, or a collector style, please ask.

Shown in these photos is a simple black lacquer stand, and also a sculpted Walnut Collector-style display stand.

Also available are wall mounted racks, just ask. You want it, I can build it!

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Here is an old drawing from the Ermatinger book showing how the Runner-Downer was used in the old days.


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 -

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#1 posted 09-14-2008 12:07 AM

The inlay is a simple, but elegant touch. Thanks for sharing Mark.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 09-14-2008 01:24 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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#3 posted 09-14-2008 05:13 AM

the tool looks cool.
I really like the contrasting stand, it really makes it come across as utilitarian art.

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