Cowboy Hat

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Project by jeffthewoodwacker posted 03-12-2011 12:10 AM 1572 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always wanted to turn a cowboy hat and last week I had the opportunity to see JoHannes Michelsen do a full day demonstration for the Tennessee Association of Woodturners. JoHannes then spent a day with me in my shop and walked me through the steps needed to turn a full sized cowboy hat. From one hat blank I turned a full sized cowboy hat, a mini sized cowboy hat and a picture frame blank. I turned the full sized cowboy hat to fit my head size. Total weight of the finished hat is 7.9 ounces. Hat turned from ash and is finished with Minwas wipe on satin poly. If JoHannes is ever doing demonstration in your area take the opportunity to go see him in person. He is one of the best demonstrators I have ever seen.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#1 posted 03-12-2011 12:21 AM

Now THAT is pretty wild!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 03-12-2011 12:27 AM

That is AWESOME! Great job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 03-12-2011 12:44 AM

Great. How fragile are they?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 03-12-2011 12:52 AM

Karson, they are pretty sturdy. They can worn and handled, but I would not want to drop one on a concrete floor. The mini hat weighed in at 1.7 ounces!

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#5 posted 03-12-2011 01:47 AM

Jeff, that’s a nice job, I also spent a day with Johannes some years ago at our National show in Palmerston North (NZ) about 2002, he is fantastic to watch turning with a lamp inside the work

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 03-12-2011 02:05 AM

I can`t believe it . You must have to be so carefull. Awesome work.

-- Ollie, UK.

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#7 posted 03-12-2011 02:09 AM

I have never had the pleasure of speaking to or seeing Johannes seminar… I am however quite familiar with his work. A real master..and from the look of your head gear, I would say you must have been listening. Well done….. not an easy project to get right.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#8 posted 03-12-2011 03:02 AM

Wow! Outstanding work.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 03-12-2011 03:08 AM

Very handsome indeed! Both hat and model!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#10 posted 03-12-2011 03:25 AM

very cool hat . very nice work.

-- Tools tools and more tools its funny when we go in a store for anything we always look at the tools

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#11 posted 03-12-2011 03:28 AM

love it!

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#12 posted 03-12-2011 03:44 AM

I got to see him in person too. Definitely worth your time.

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#13 posted 03-12-2011 04:49 AM


-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#14 posted 03-12-2011 06:17 AM

That is KOOL! what keeps it from splitting?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 03-12-2011 10:51 AM

Cool hat

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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