A Little Cedar Hat

Tansy admires the Ahousat Hat Mold.

 Constance and Tansy went to the Sunshine Coast Museum where Jessica Casey was teaching a Hat-making workshop.  Tansy was very impressed with the yellow cedar hat mold made by a carver from Ahousat.  Constance was keen to make something smaller, and manageable by small wooden persons.

Basket Weave Crown.

Fortunately Constance acquired a small yellow cedar hat mold on a recent trip to Haida Gwaii…and she paid close attention during the class.  Thin strips of prepared cedar bark are used for warps and for wefts on this little hat.

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Constance demonstrates the twined cedar sides.

Basket weave is very fiddly at this small scale, so Constance decides to try twining the sides and brim.

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Gene Bell Haida Hat Mold.

Twined right to the edge of the mold, Constance turns it over so she can work on the edges.

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Braiding in the warp ends.

The warp ends are are braided in to make a pretty edge, and the long extra bits are cut off once the cedar is dry.

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Constance’s Haida style hat.

Constance models her finished Haida style cedar bark hat.  She is holding the yellow cedar hat mold made by Gene Bell, which was bought in Massett. She is looking forward to making some more hats and getting better at it!

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17 thoughts on “A Little Cedar Hat

  1. Constance always strikes me as a very refined Hitty with exquisite taste in clothing styles….hat included now! Beautiful job…thanks for sharing.

  2. If I had read the blog first, I would have known about Constance’s hat block! Fiddly indeed. That is very fine work!!

  3. Such a delightful hat. I love cedar – it has such a nice range of colour, and beautiful sheen, great for hats. The big one in the background looks very good too, suitable for a human to wear, with pride 🙂

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