Solid Wood Hat Stretcher
Solid Wood Hat StretcherSolid Wood Hat StretcherSolid Wood Hat StretcherSolid Wood Hat StretcherSolid Wood Hat Stand

Solid Wood Hat Stretcher

$29.00

Solid Wood Hat Stretcher & Size Retainer

Our solid wood hat stretcher is hand crafted and made in the USA.

FOR SIZES 6 7/8 TO 8

We recommend all customers who OWN a good hat, get a hat stretcher. If you have a tight hat this little tool is just the thing to stretch your tight hat to fit. It is a small cost for a tool that will keep ALL your hats fitting properly.

As well, if you only wear your hat seldom; or have a number of hats you wear, you will find our wooden hat stretcher a valuable addition to maintaining the perfect shape and fit of your custom cowboy hat for long term storage or display.

    • The hat stretcher and retainer works on hat sizes 6 7/8 – 8
    • The hat stretcher is designed for Long Oval hats.

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Product Description

Wooden Hat Stretcher

Solid Wood Hat Stretcher & Size Retainer

Solid Wood Hat Stretcher is hand crafted in the USA for hats 6 7/8  – 8

The hat stretcher and size RETAINER protects your hat investment by maintaining the hat’s size and preventing shrinkage.

It is great for all types of hats including cowboy hats and fedoras perfect for felt, wool, fur felt, beaver fur and straw hats. There is no need to ever wear a tight hat again. Instructions for use are enclosed including how to use the hat stretcher to increase the size of your hat.

    • The hat stretcher and maintainer fits works on hat sizes 6 7/8 – 8
    • The hat stretcher is designed for Long Oval hats.

Maintain Hat Shape and Size

Insert the Hat Stretcher and crank the turnbuckle until it fits the opening. Should your hat get wet or you don’t wear it for awhile the hat stretcher will help retain your hats size.

Stretch a Tight Hat

First off do not be in a hurry! Repeat the steps below until the hat stretches to the desired size. The idea is to stretch the hat a little at a time so you do not damage the hat.

    1. Use your steam iron to steam up the inside and outside of the crown.
    2. Insert the hat stretcher into the hat and adjust the turnbuckle until you have a snug fit… then pump some more steam into the crown of the hat and turn the turnbuckle a few more turns. How much you turn will depend on how tight your hat is.
    3. Let the hat sit for a day or two, upto a week or two. The tighter the hat the longer it should sit but NEVER sit a hat on it’s BRIM!
    4. Repeat process until you reach your desired fit.

We recommend all customers who OWN a good hat, get a hat stretcher. If you have a tight hat this little tool is just the thing to stretch your tight hat to fit. It is a small cost for a tool that will keep ALL your hats fitting properly. As well, if you only wear your hat seldom; or have a number of hats you wear, you will find our wooden hat stretcher a valuable addition to maintaining the perfect shape of your custom cowboy hat for long term storage or display.

Options for your Custom Hat

Add a Cavalry Cord $20.00

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Cavalry Legend

Slouch Hats” worn by many Cavalry soldiers since the days of the American Civil War often include a colored cord that slides over the standard satin ribbon and bow hatband, which is referred to as a cord, braid, hobble, wrap, or acorn.

Guidelines for the use of the Cavalry Cord and colors were first outlined in 1890 in Circular 10, from the U.S. Army Adjutant General’s Office. Different colors are used to identify different branches of the service. The most common color, yellow, is worn by all enlisted Cavalry soldiers. Infantry wear white, Scarlet is for Artillery; Black; Chaplains/Staff, Black/Gold; Field Officer, Black/Silver; Warrant Officer.

The original reason for the acorns at the end of the cavalry cords is believed to have been to keep the cavalry man awake in the saddle, from the gentle drumming as the acorns bounced off the brim.

Battle/Combat Knots

There is a Cavalry legend that credits a non-com during the Civil War with tying knots in his cord to signify he’d been battle tested. The idea caught on and many units took to the practice on both sides. You can see an example on our Josey Wales Hat. Today cav cords can be knotted but it does not signify battle tested. Shoulder patches originated in the First World War to identify units, battalions or regiments. Combat patches (to signify a period of service in a war zone) started during the Second World War and continues to this day.

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Add Trail Dust $55.00 – $95.00

trail dustMany customers have been requesting that we dirty up their new hats to make them look trail worn. Pictured is a dusty Josey Wales – our Josey Wales hat with several years’ worth of trail dust – as if a hard living horse soldier had been wearing it.

We’ve got three different degrees of trail dust. Light (add $55.00) – medium (add $75.00), and heavy (add $95.00). Light would be what you see on our Boss Spearman medium would be like the dusting on the TRISTAN; and heavy trail dust looks like our Josey Wales.

This is a similar process that costume designers apply to hats in the movies and t. v. Looks authentic and yore friends will swear yer just got off a trail drive, or a hitch in the Horse Cavalry! You can add trail dust during the check out process – or request it when you call your order in.

Windstring/Stampede string

Add a Windstring/Stampede String $25.00

Our Windstring/Stampede String is made of heavy gauge Latigo lace {brown or black} and includes this complimenting leather slider. click image for a larger version

You can let us choose the right match for your hat or request brown or black latigo lace to go with your hand made cowboy hat.

Just add your request to the PRODUCTION NOTES as you build your hat.

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Horsehair Hatbands $20.00 – $55.00

Add a quality horse hair hat band to any hat (ADD during checkout with the purchase of a hat – not sold separately). Can be worn on ANY hat just by sliding it over the satin ribbon and bow {as seen on the Wasey} or wear it alone.

Horse Hair Hat Bands

Captain Call

Captain Call a custom cowboy movie hat from Lonesome Dove (1989)

Bound Brim

Binding the brim edge with the same Grosgrain ribbon as the hat band, strengthens the edge, making it stiffer and allowing the brim shape to hold better.

A bound edge finishes the brim off nicely with rich looking detail. Most small brimed, or Town hats, have a bound edge.

The open crowned hat style was perhaps the most common crown style of the late 19th century and sold in the mail order catalogues of the day like, Sears-Roebuck, and the Hudson Bay Company.

Cowboys would crease and mold the crown, to add character to their hat, and make it easier to pick up. Decades later the hat companies started pre-creasing the cowboy hats in the most popular styles.

A bound Brim is more difficult to re-work or re-shape – but can be removed fairly easily.

Sundance Kid Custom Handmade Hat

Open Brim

Not as dressy or showy as a bound edge, this unfinished brim edge was much more common on working hats, cavalry and military hats.

An unfinished brim allows you to shape and mold it to your taste – or easily change the look in the future.

An Unfinished Brim is more for an everyday-do-yer-work type Cowboy Hat and likely the more common of the two finishes for a wide brimmed cowboy hat. It is also fairly easy to reshape the brim of a beaver/beaver blend cowboy hat with just a steam iron and a bit of patience.

Our Sundance Kid Custom Handmade Hat is a good illustration of the typical 19th century nondescript everday cowboy hat

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Refund Policy
We are making a hand made Custom Old West, or Western Movie Hat for you. You will keep it. 99% of orders everything will go smooth. In the odd situation where it doesn’t – we will make you happy, and get it right 100% of the time.

BEST PRACTICES!

If you are new to wearing sized hats it is always a good idea to visit your nearest mall and try some on so you know how they fit and what your size is.

  • If a standard hat size fits you well, there is no need to worry about a head measurement. If you are a hat person, order your usual North American hat size. Our sizing is the same. 
  • If you only know your hat size in cm. find the corresponding hat size in the chart and add the hat size in cm. in the PRODUCTION NOTES of the order form.
  • The chart at right gives the standard head measurement for each specific hat size. For example If you normally wear a size 7 3/8 your head measurement is 23 3/8″
  • But if you find a standard size 7 3/8 is a tad tight, then by simply adding an 1/8th of an inch to the standard head measurement, (23 3/8 + 1/8 = 23 1/2″ inch head measurement) this will give you the room needed to get a completely custom fit.
  • As little as an 1/4″ of an inch can cause a dramatic difference in the fit of a sized hat. Remember the fit of your hat is only as good as the size and/or measurement you supply us with – so take due care for accuracy.
  • If you wish to check your head measurement to the hat sizes, you will need a friend, and a soft tape measure to measure your head. You know – the type the fella uses to measure your trouser inseam.

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  • Look straight ahead and have your helper measure your head. Using the soft tape – they should measure over your hair, just above your ears, and a half inch above your eye brows.
  • Make sure the tape is slightly slack – but not loose. You should be able to feel the tape but it should not be tight – or the fit will be as well! 
  • Measure twice – to be sure. BUT ONCE AGAIN NEVER MEASURE TIGHT.
  • Add your head measurement to the appropriate box on the order. Remember it should be very close to the standard head measurement of the corresponding hat size that fits you the best.

ALL HAT ORDERS SHIP WITH A WOODEN HAT STRETCHER A $25 DOLLAR VALUE.

NEW HAT PURCHASES ONLY

We recommend all customers who OWN a good hat, get a hat stretcher. It Is a small cost for a tool that will help keep ALL your hats fitting properly. As well, if you only wear your hat seldom; or have a number of hats you wear, you will find our wooden hat stretcher a valuable addition to maintaining the perfect shape of your custom cowboy hat. ~  Order a Hat Stretcher

Like all hat and leather products, our hat stands and hat stretchers are made in America.