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  • Making A Hat

    David Johnson

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    Custom Hat Making Experience at D Bar J Hat Company

    Want to be a “Mad Hatter”? Use equipment from the 1800’s, see how a hat body is processed and sewn together, and then crease a hat by yourself. Or you can just watch.

    Las Vegas, Nevada

    1-6 people

    1-6 people

    3 hours

    D Bar J Hat Company Map it

    • With Hat
    • Tour Only, Without Hat

    US$500/person Total US$500

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      The Experience

      The traditional hat-making experience that will be fun, entertaining, and educational. Learn about the history of hat making while getting hands-on experience in the process — if you want. From measuring heads and determining head shapes to picking a fur felt body and block, then putting it into the blocking machine, crown ironing the body, pressing the brim, cutting the brim, seeing the hand sewing of the hat and then try your hand at creasing a hat. Detailed explanations will be given throughout the process. Hats will be staged along the way, to move along the process — normal time for making a hat is three to four weeks. Each participant will receive a custom hat of any style, fitted to the size and shape of their head. If the desired hat is not available during the completion stage, your hat will be finished and shipped within four to six weeks. If you have any interest in antique equipment, craftsmanship, or experiencing something you never have before, this event is for you.


      • Overview and tour of the hat shop
      • Measure and take the shape of heads — tool from 1860
      • Touch and learn about fur felt bodies used to make hats
      • See 100’s of hat blocks for various styles of hats — most 150 years old
      • See how a sweatband and binding are sewn to the hat
      • Try creasing a hat
      • Steam the body with the steam pot — circa 1920
      • Put the body with the block into the blocking machine — 1860
      • Crown Iron the hat body — 1919-1942
      • Operate the brim press to flatten the brim — 1952
      • Cut the brim with a brim cutter — circa 1940
      • Experience provided in English (US)

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      Custom Hat Making Experience at D Bar J Hat Company: In Las Vegas, Nevada (1)

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