Not every hattery can perform a full western hat renovation. At Shorty’s Hattery the first thing we do is open the hat’s crown and then the crown and brim are measured and documented on the renovation form. The hat is completely disassembled and the hat band, sweatband, lining and edge binding on the brim, if there is any, are removed in preparation for the hat to be placed in a chemical bath which cleanses the hat and restores its original stiffness. The renovation specialist will then take a soft brush to remove any excess spots. After the spots are removed and the hat is cleaned, the hat is put in a specially designed spin dryer and it will be hung to dry. A wood block will be inserted in the crown to give it shape. A wood wedge is then set at a ninety-degree angle where the crown meets the brim. This is one of the “trademarks” of a high-quality custom hat. The crown is smoothed and any spots that did not come out in the chemical bath are sanded. The brim is also sanded to remove any remaining spots on the brim and then ironed in order to reset the stiffness in the brim. Finally, the hat is then reassembled and the hatband and lining are sewn back into the hat. This is an intricate process where the hat undergoes a deep cleaning, re-blocking, shaping, and if necessary a new leather sweatband and new liner are added.
At Shorty’s Hattery we offer professional re-blocking of your western hat. When we re-block a hat it is placed on a proper hat block, stiffened, and then steamed to the proper shape. Your hat will be lightly cleaned. If your hat requires a deep cleaning there could be additional charges.