December 29, 2007

Update on the Homburg hat

The crown block is finished. I have adjusted the shape a little bit more and have called it a day!

Remember I made a detachable base for the block? I was trying all along to “save” the verticality of that base and I think that might have contributed to the hat not sitting comfortably on the head. My last (EVER) modification to the block has been giving some angle to that part so that it sits nicer. In these pictures you can see the work halfway. The right side has been given an angle, while the left side is as it was, before sanding:

This left side is still straight on the base

Right side has been given an angle from the bottom


Check the difference between the base on the right and left sides

Notice that I have traced the edge of the headsize with a pen, that way I will immediately notice if I start sanding that by mistake.

I’ve already reblocked the crown and it’s drying, so my next posting (soon!) will be about trimming the hat.



    Can’t wait to see what new stuff you create this year.

    Ohhh, it is gonna be fun.

    Comment by jill — January 1, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

  2. Hi,

    Was wandering what kind of cork is the block made from. And what tpye of store would you buy this material from? Blocks are so expensive and that would be a good to experiment.

    Comment by Johnnye — March 23, 2008 @ 9:06 pm

  3. Hi,
    I’m lucky enough to have a specialised shop in the neighbourhood.

    I bought the cork sheet at a local shop called Surotecnia. There you can buy all things cork, and for our purpose you can buy sheets of 30 and 40 millimeters of what they call Industrial agglomerated cork. Each sheet measures 915 x 610mm and has these specs:

    density: 120 – 140 – 150 Kg/m3

    weight resistance: 2.000 – 2.300 Kg/m2

    It’s not cheap, but cheaper than a block! (I cannot remember exactly, but I believe around 35 euros each sheet of 40 mm).

    Comment by cristinadeprada — March 23, 2008 @ 10:47 pm

  4. Me paso las horas viendo tu páguina y traduciendo, quisiera empezar a probar esas maravillas que haces pero son muy caros los moldes que veo, tu podrías decirme unas medidas estándar para fabricarme como tu un bloque básico para empezar a modelar? Pues das envidia sana ver como trabajas, enhorabuena.

    Comment by María — November 7, 2011 @ 11:14 pm

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