In 2009 I took a week long hat making class at John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. https://www.folkschool.org/ This class was taught by Chris Ramsey a world class wood turner from Kentucky. http://www.knot-head.com/ Chris is a first class gentleman and an excellent instructor. I have been hooked on hat making ever since.
I have no intention of competing with Chris at hat making. He is one of the best. But I do enjoy the process of turning thin and revealing the beauty inside a lump of wood shaped like a hat. Most of my hats I have given to friends and family or put up for charity auction. On occasion I have sold a few to eager customers.
These hats are totally impractical as wearing apparel since they are easily broken when dropped, they blow away in a breeze and they are hot and sweaty to wear. So have one made, get your picture taken with it then put it on display like any other piece of unique art work. The mini-hats make nice display items too. My wife has several she keeps on her shelf of interesting items.
Below are a few of my hat creations. I hope you enjoy looking as much as I have enjoyed making them. If you want to see some really nice hats visit Chris Ramsey’s web site. He knows what he is doing. I’m just a cheap imitation.
To see the step by step process of how these are made visit my Hat Making Gallery.
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