Making Hats & Learning Skills


Friday, November 13, 2009

Sunny but chilly

First cup of coffee in days!

It’s Friday the 13, and I just completed our hat inventory. We have made somewhere between 70-80 hats since we purchased Paul’s Hat Works. That’s something to feel accomplished about I believe. We have lots to go, many top hats to make and finish before December, another felt run this week, but thus far, I’m pretty excited about what we have been able to accomplish, and about the new skills we have learned and will learn.

Skills We’ve Learned:

1. Making straw and felt hats

2. Making top hats (still learning)

3. Renovating, sizing, cleaning, straw and felt hats

4. Deciphering lawyer jargon in contracts

5. Learning to organize systems and managing many deadlines and calendars

6. Inventorying, budgeting, calculating

7. Building, painting, scraping, staining, electrical wiring

New Skills We Want to Learn to Benefit the Shop

Wendy:

Spanish

More Accounting & Quick books

Sewing

Abbie:

More electrical

Metal working

The complexities of hardening hats

Olivia:

Spanish

Photoshop

Boaters (eventually)

Accounting

Kirsten:

Theatrical hat brims

Spanish

Top Hat mastering

Women’s millinery

 

It’s amazing how much one can learn in 6 months. Good thing we have a lot of time left!

~ Paul

 

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