History of Felt hats & Straw
hats - Felt hat making
on a customer's order, a felt hat body is steam blocked to a specific
head size, crown shape and brim width. Then a stiffening machine
is used to apply shellac to the brims for firmness. The crown iron
machine is used to tighten and to smooth the felt before finishing.
The brim is cut to the customers desired width before finishing.
The brims are greased and pounced many rounds, using very fine sandpaper
to achieve the proper finish. D-machines are used to grease and pounce
the crowns. This is the finishing operation where the felt is sanded
down to create a very smooth and fine finish for the felt hat.
A specially mixed powder, matched to the hat color, is hand rubbed
into the body to enhance and even the tone.
Crown press machines are used to shape the crowns. Steam is used
to restore the smooth finish and to clean the hat in the inspection
line before a sewing machine is used to sew the lining into the hat.
Boxes uniquely designed to protect the hat in transit receive the
back to Straw hat making