Built-To-Order, Handmade Millinery Hat Making Tool, Walnut Wood Puller Downer Hat Body Puller onto Crown Block

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This tool is sort of a boomerang shaped device that is used to pull the felt down tight during the Crown blocking process.

If you would like to see a short video of this tool being used, visit this link:

An old “Puller Downer” is a hard tool to find, and most of the time they are broken, or worn out, or splintering, which makes it difficult to use on the soft surface of an expensive hat body. So, if you would like a new one, I have copied the shape and sizes of vintage ones.

I always inlay a small Abalone Shell dot, and engrave my signature and date on each one.


I offer Puller Downers in four sizes now:
(IF you want anything other than Medium, which will fit most adult hats, please specify)

1) Large
2) Medium (Default Shipped Size)
3) Small
4) Kid's

The size variance is the diameter of the inside radius. The different sizes will fit different sized Crown Blocks.

Normally, I build these in two woods:

1) Dark Colored Hardwood (normally Walnut)

Either colored wood will work and last the same, but this offers an easy and quick visual identification, as many hatters like to have a "Dark" one for dark felts, and a "Light" one for light colored felts.



I am a solo-artisan that works full time at my crafts, and so I can easily get overwhelmed with orders.

I build each of these tools by hand and assemble the parts myself, and I keep booked up with orders.

So, I would expect that it will take me in the range of 2-24 weeks to ship the tool after your order.

I solely control my schedule, and so I will do whatever I can to help you in your work, but you will need to understand that I may have already made commitments that interfere with your needs. If you have any questions, or need a definite schedule, please email me.


Mark DeCou

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