Sunday, May 8, 2011

Nordstroms hat displays

Norstroms San Francisco has some great hat displays right now. They are more like art sculptures than store displays. Wish I know here they picked them up.
Old, hand blocks are made from wood. These are industrial quality and are made from aluminium.
On wooden blocks the felt/straw is steamed and then pulled by hand over the block. With the aluminium molds the felt/straw are steamed and then pressed onto the block. The felt/straw is sandwiched in between the aluminium base and female top.
the molds are used to block a homburg hat.
the mold on the let has an asymmetric brim. The right is a safari shape. I think thee might be ladies hat molds.
this might bean open crown western.

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