Sunday, July 1, 2007

Rod's Duck Farm Hat

This is the hat Rod made.
The original Rod's Duck Farm Hat is made is made of blue denim.
It was made using a 1950's Japanese version of a Singer sewing machine (Admiral).
Probably Rod's Duck Farm hats should be made from a cotton weave known as Duck Cloth. Duck cloth is similar to canvas.
Likewise, machinist hats should be made from a different cotton weave known as Drill Cloth.
Drill cloth is similar to a Trigger weave, also similar to denim, very much like the heavy striped material used as a feather container - the old down-stuffed pillows.
The hat is shaped using starch and drying frame.
The other side of the hat has bird poop on it, a reminder from a pet peregrine falcon. Rod found a disoriented peregrine falcon in a parking lot. The falcon was kept in the machine shop for a couple days. Then the falcon was ready to head out into the world again. (A slang name for peregrine falcons is Duck Hawks - they dive-bomb into their prey, hitting the hapless victim with a peregrine breast. )
The hat is sort of a duck hat - it has a big bill.
Quack, Quack!

3 comments:

steve said...

i SAW A DUCK YESTERDAY...WELL THERE WERE A LOT OF DUCKS, BUT ONE OF THEM IN PARTICULAR SEEMED TO BE A BIT OF A "FANCY" DUCK...HE LOOKED LIKE A MALLARD WITH HIS GREEN HEAD, BUT HE HAD AN EXTRA FEATHER THAT STUCK STRAIGHT UP FROM HIS HEAD...I HAVE TO HAND IT TO HIM THOUGH...HE HAD ABOUT 6 FEMALE DUCKS CHASING AFTER HIM... IT WAS LIKE HE WAS ELVIS DUCK!
WAS IT THE EXTRA FEATHER, ROD, OR SOMETHING ELSE THAT HE HAD GOIN' ON?

Dave Renfro said...

Wow! That hat would make you feel about two inches taller! I made my hat on an old Juki. It's a good hat but it doesn't shed chips as well as yours.

Head Duck Wrangler said...

Steve,
Elvis the duck ........Many farm ducks are of a species called "Pekin". It is harder to tell a male from a female with the Pekin ducks because they look almost the same, white ducks. The drake has two to three curly feathers on top!
I'm not sure about the mallard. Sounds like he was having a good day.
Dave ... just goes to show the value of the apostrophe.
She'd be shed.
Quack, Quack!