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TrainmanCSZ4UP - Posted - 12/29/2010:  20:38:09


I've always liked he look of that hat. I was thinking bout geting one withe the money I got from Christmas. I've googled it, binged it, & yahooed it. (Maybe thats how the hat got that look) But to know avail. So I thought I would ask the 53,652 members of the BHO if they knew. Does anyone on here know where I can get one? Thanks in advance to any replys.

Pig_Eyed_Jackson - Posted - 12/29/2010:  20:51:46


Buy a wide brimed white hat, block like Jeds and wear for 100 years while doing hard labor.

littlepicker - Posted - 12/29/2010:  21:01:00


According to texas hatters web page, felt hat blanks look like jed's hat

texashatters.com/hatmaking.html

so Id say look for one and beat the he out of it

Banjo - Posted - 12/29/2010:  21:56:25


dlc - Posted - 12/29/2010:  21:58:36


I used to get hats from a theatrical hat maker in LA, and they had those "hillbilly" hats in their catalog.

The hats I got from them were kinda crappy as far as clothing went, but they made for good costume pieces.

I'll look it up.

1four5 - Posted - 12/30/2010:  01:44:59


shopgoodwill.com
do a search for hat and have fun shopping

bikebum - Posted - 12/30/2010:  04:55:43


There are probably a number of us that could make that felt hat blank look like Ol Jeds. It would take one summers worth of work to get it that way if we were fairly careful.

mike gregory - Posted - 12/30/2010:  05:13:16


I remember, as a child in maybe 5th grade ( 1956) reading an article in the Sunday supplement about how the wardrobe department made new hats look authentcally used, for the cowboy movies.

As several previous posters have advised, get a new hat and beat the hell out of it.


..
I'm betting a handcrafted Squared Eel pot that the hat Jim Varney wore in the movie was not the same hat Buddy Ebsen wore on TV
You can carefully scissors the brim to match the photos, a bit of mineral oil to replicate sweat stains, tumble it in a drier with a few wood blocks to hammer it up a lot.
Back the family vehicle over it.

Do NOT wear it during these procedures!

figmo59 - Posted - 12/30/2010:  06:08:03


Distressed banj.............HAT!

buy a new hat ........mail it to me and for a ...NOMINAL fee i can make it look like crap for ya.
in just one days drillin. (dirt ,oil & sweat) at no extra charge!


Edited by - figmo59 on 12/30/2010 06:18:01

dat - Posted - 12/30/2010:  06:13:27


call Don Williams and borrow his hat, it's probably pretty close to that by now

Frebazak - Posted - 12/30/2010:  06:57:01


Before I scrolled down to Dat's reply, I was thinking that my barn hat would be close. Bought it 12 yrs ago and it is almost broke in right. It is dusty dirty,... has been stepped on, bit, ...and chewed, kicked (my head was not in it at the time), used to "shoo" horses,.. rained on, snowed on, beaten in the sun, run over (truck AND trailer). Each time I just dust it off, re-form it (I have a hat press) and put it back on. That hat blank picture above is the way all hats start out. You shape it into what style you want. THAT is what gives a hat "character".

gshall - Posted - 12/30/2010:  07:05:51


I've thrown away several Stetsons once they looked like that. I might still have one in the closet.

bluegrassboy - Posted - 12/30/2010:  07:10:56


i found one in the back of a 56 chevy in a junk yard 40 years ago, still have it and used to wear it, all my friends thought i was a hillbilly, but when i wore that hat, it removed all doubt!

jbell - Posted - 12/30/2010:  07:14:42


Where else but BHO would someone ask this question?
Where else but BHO would so many people have an answer?
Where else but BHO would so many people be interested?
There's got to be a Jeff Foxworthy joke in here somewhere.

dat - Posted - 12/30/2010:  07:17:04


my "river" hat is about like that but it's black and it's a "squatting heifer" crease, so I guess it isn't like that at all, but it is worn and raggedy

Paul R - Posted - 12/30/2010:  07:21:58


I stopped wearing my Stetson when the bunny chewed the brim.

Get a hat and let nature take its course. The look will be yours, not someone else's.

JonT - Posted - 12/30/2010:  07:29:17


I dunno, man, you could start by looking at a place called The Village Hat Shop. It's on the Web, offers great service, good prices, and has almost everything in the way of headgear that you can think of. But it will take a lot of abuse to turn a good hat into that wreck that covered old Jed's head. For instance, I have a nice old chocolate-brown Eddy Bros. cowboy hat that I've had since the '60s, when I was still fresh off the ranch and hadn't yet fully adopted citified ways (it occurs to me that I may not fully have adopted them yet, as that hat sits here in my office/studio, hooked on one of the horns of the cow skull that hangs on one of the walls, above a couple of banjos and a mando). It's been worn in the rain, while cutting wood, on camping and fishing trips and for much more. While shapeless and battered, doesn't look nearly as bad as that one does. So I guess if that's what you really want, start with something of very low quality. The good ones will stand up to a lot of abuse.

gshall - Posted - 12/30/2010:  07:31:54


If you work outside every day, regardless of the weather, it takes less than a year to get a high quality hat looking like that. Get you one and get started on it now. Won't be long and you'll have one to be proud of.

Steve Haynie - Posted - 12/30/2010:  09:39:08


You can always find a custom hat maker.

cmhats.com/catalg.html

clearwaterhats.com/default.htm

I have had good service from this shop:

riverjunction.com/Hats_c_82.html

BNJOMAKR - Posted - 12/30/2010:  09:46:33


I betcha that Dan Knowles can make your new hat look like Jed's hat in just a few weeks! He is a master at making a new banjo look like it's aged a hundred plus years!!!

Frebazak - Posted - 12/30/2010:  10:31:55


quote:
Originally posted by gshall

If you work outside every day, regardless of the weather, it takes less than a year to get a high quality hat looking like that. Get you one and get started on it now. Won't be long and you'll have one to be proud of.



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What he said....

Brian T - Posted - 12/30/2010:  12:49:35


A beat up new hat looks like a beat up new hat.

Some real rain, some gunge from inside the BBQ, couple of .30-'06 vent holes (shotgun is too messy).
Some nice "who stepped in it last" farm dirt.
gshall is right, it won't take most of a year. 2 nights in the bison pasture makes for a quick start.

I'm hard enough to get cleaned up to go to town, let alone go with a smelly hat.
I found a place that still cleans & blocks hats for $30. Not worth that much.
So, I broke down and bought a new one. It's "cold" to wear. Not pleased.

mike gregory - Posted - 12/30/2010:  14:29:54


quote:
Originally posted by Paul R

I stopped wearing my Stetson when the bunny chewed the brim.

Get a hat and let nature take its course. The look will be yours, not someone else's.



If you're on the way home from a party, and your head is near enough the ground that a bunny starts chawing at your hat, you just might have had one HLL of a good time!

Paul R - Posted - 12/30/2010:  20:23:10


quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

quote:
Originally posted by Paul R

I stopped wearing my Stetson when the bunny chewed the brim.

Get a hat and let nature take its course. The look will be yours, not someone else's.



If you're on the way home from a party, and your head is near enough the ground that a bunny starts chawing at your hat, you just might have had one HLL of a good time!




!

That's a great scenario ("Why did you come home so late?" "I stopped to feed the rabbit." "I don't believe you." "Honest; check my hat!").

Too bad it ain't so! The bunny was a pet and the hat was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And I had a gig with my Aussie band that night, and I wanted to wear that hat.

However, looking at your avatar, that's the kind hat of out of which you'd pull a bunny - if it didn't chew its way out first.



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