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Custom Shaping of Long Oval Shaped Crown Blocks

This is a project I did for a custom hat making shop in Texas.

This is a "Crown Block", used to do the preliminary shaping of the felt hat body into the shape of a head. I make several other tools that are used for the shaping and cutting, etc. of hats.

Hat making tools are about 35%-40% of my sales, enough to be very glad to have found the niche, not enough to get worn out on doing them.
What a variety of work I get to do…..

To make my 200th Project Posting, I just had to post something today to get over that milestone.

More of the story to come later…...gotta get away from this computer now.

thanks for reading,
Mark DeCou

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

NOTE:
ALL HAT MAKING ITEMS THAT I HAVE IN STOCK
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.

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Hey Mark,

I sure don't know what the heck that is, but I can say you did a fine job!

Lee
 

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Very nice work on those hat forms. Did you cut and shape by hand to get that oval shape? do you have templates to work to?
Thanks for sharing. Glad to see you have a market for you products.
 

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What an interesting niche you have found!
 

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Shapes & Profiles? I copy antique hat tool forms that are sent to me, and just make templates and shape with a pattern maker's rasp and sure-form tool and sand paper. They aren't hard to make, but making them symmetrical and without any flat facets is the hard part, as well as getting the shape just right.

There are subtle differences between what "shape" makes a good hat, and what block makes a crummy hat. I just listened to what the hat maker wanted these to look like, and sculpted them accordingly, matching the older block that he sent for an example. There are literally thousands of different looking hat shaping Crown Blocks, especially in millinery work, less with men's hats but there are a lot variations.

reporter Alysha Del Valle with the KABC Los Angeles team recently wrote a story showing that "Hats are Back! Here is a link to Ms. Del Valle's story

I hope it is true, and that the decades dominated by ball caps with advertising on them are over. Hats are "back" at my house anyway.
 

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maybe if the folks at saturday night live hear of your talents…the cone heads could see some new hats…i wonder what shape they would be…lol…great works…glad your finding a way to make your wood work stay alive…grizz
 

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Mark; I guess I missed this one. Nice set of forms. Great job.
 

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HI MY NAME IS EDMUNDO G GUTIERREZ JR AND IM INTRESTED ON THE Long Oval Shaped Crown Blocks, I NEED TO KNOW HOW MUCH YOU HAVE THE SET FOR PLEASE!
 
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