Today Brent talks about how different hat makers use steam to help form or repair hats.
In the 1700 and 1800 hats were much more popular than they are today, in fact there were an everyday item for most people. Both John Stetson and Giuseppe Borsalino were influential in the hat industry creating the cowboy hat and the fedora, respectively. There are two types of hat makers: the hatter, who is responsible for practical and rugged hats (think, cowboy hats) and the milliner, who created more ornate hats that women and children typically wore.
Steam is the perfect tool when dealing with organic materials.The heat and moisture from the steam is used to help shape and re-shape hats. Professional hat makers have steam machine to help aid in the shaping process. Brent shows us how to use a pot of boiling water and the steam created from the pot to help reshape a hat on your own.
While hats were much more common in the days of Stetson and Borsalino, there is still very much a need for hatters. Watch this video to learn more about fixing hats and the role that steam plays!