|Project by Mark A. DeCou||posted 08-06-2014 05:50 PM||4070 views||0 times favorited||19 comments|
This is a mated set of Hat Making tools used to measure the head size and shape of a person’s head. The custom Hat Maker is able to take these measurements using the Conformateur, and transfer that shape/size to the Formillon, make a record of the size for future hats, and then shape the hat to the required shape.
This design is a combination of some original concepts inspired by some of the antique Maillard-Paris equipment made in the 19th Century. I have restored a lot of the old Maillard Equipment for hat makers over the past years, and have learned what parts did/did not work well, and used that to design this head measuring system. This antique restoration work (you can see samples of that in my Projects Section) has helped me to create my own design that is accurate, durable, attractive, and large enough to measure modern-sized heads.
The Custom Carrying Case is padded and is designed to store and carry the Conformateur Formillon Set while traveling.
The hardware is all brass material, the wood is Hardrock Maple, and Burled Walnut, with a Black Lacquer finish.
This is No. 1 of my latest Gen-3 2014 Design, which was commissioned by custom hat maker John Penman of The Penman Hat Company
John has waited patiently for about a year for this project, and he ordered it sight-unseen, a real gem for a customer of woodworking, and a great hat maker to boot.
Do You Want One for Yourself?
Go to this link to start the conversation with me Commissioning the New Gen-3 2014 Conformateur/Formillon Set
Some Other Hat Making Tools I build for customers:
> Flange Sets
> Rounding Jacks
> Restoration Work on Antique Maillard Allie and Brevete Conformateurs
> Tollikers & Other Hand Tools
> Brim Curling Tools
Thanks for Looking,
(NOTE: All photos, design, and story are protected by Copyright 2014, by the Author, and no use in whole or in part is allowed without expressed written consent by the author, M.A. DeCou)
-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com