Posted by Reggie from c-67-170-50-96.hsd1.wa.comcast.net (126.96.36.199) on Friday, April 08, 2005 at 5:24pm :
In Reply to: Re: Hey Michaelson posted by Michaelson from ? (188.8.131.52) on Friday, April 08, 2005 at 4:15pm :
: Howdy! Actually, I send my hats OUT of Tennessee to either Steve Delk (Fedora), Art Fawcett in California, or (ironically) Peters Bros hats of Ft. Worth, as I have yet to find anyone in Tennessee who even HAS a correct block for a fedora or like dress hat. They only have or know Western hats, and cater to the country music crowd, so the felts are a LOT heavier, and they use gallons of stiffner to make the crowns and brims rock hard. Unless someone has a correctly shaped wood block in the correct size and shape of your hat, the term 'blocking' is being misused by folks who try to steam and shape by hand, like you describe. That's MY opinion. Regards! Michaelson
The folks in Seattle and the girl at the western wear store didn't use any blocking machines but still called it blocking. The guy I know who did it knows how to use those machines but I don't know how long he's going to work there so that source may be lost to me. The machine was actualy mettle and would adjust instead of using different sized wood blocks. It was an interesting sight. That machine and its operator did a great job. Wow Steve Delk and Fedora's the same guy! I was a bit reluctant sending mine off to him because I don't know when I'm leaving for the wild blue yonder yet and didn't want to have sent it then be gone. My recruiter says any day now.
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