Blog reader A. Freeman saw my post about the Tin Cloth Filson Wildfowl hat and was kind enough to submit photographs own his own home Filson rebrication project. I really like his flapless remake of the Waterfowl hat since I agree that the cape (at least for non-waterfowlers) really only has an ornamental function/value. His design also nicely brings back the ghost of the discontinued, uninsulated, short billed tin cloth cap.
Wanted to send along a few photos of my “modified” Filson hat. I purchased it while trimming out a house in Minnesota’s North Woods some years ago, but with my return to the coast found that it was rarely cold enough to utilize the cape, and thusly it was removed.
I dare-say, at least looks-wise, that it has been much improved. Though with the addition of ear flaps (per the napkin sketch you posted) it would serve well as a cycling hat for those who still choose to go helmetless (I do not).
Do send along photographs of your Filson refab projects. A Freeman has promised some future photographs of a chic boutique bag made out of dumpster dived tin cloth!