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who's got the best hat

PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 12:30 am
by robin wood
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Re: who's got the best hat

PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:06 am
by RangerKris
I think Number 3 is the best looking hat (shame about the chap in it tho hahaha)

Re: who's got the best hat

PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 12:19 pm
by gavin
As I am one of those pictured, my vote won't count. So I won't cast it!

I can tell you that hats are very important branding. They draw folks attention when you do a demo.

For instance, Bob Fleet gets a lot of attention from punters by telling 'em before they sit on his shavehorse to whittle a flower that they HAVE to wear a hat - which he provides. ( I think he may spin some line about bodgers health and safety requirements :roll: )

Great thing about this is that HE does not have to stand at his pole lathe all day if he does not want to, and it's easier to teach folk to have a go whittling a flower than to turn anything on pole lathe.

Once the punter is astride Bob's shave horse, pretty soon then out comes one camera ( e.g. of parent or friend of the punter on the shave horse) , and then soon after a crowd is attracted - with more cameras happening.

So photogenic is that hat of Bob Fleet's that Simon (in image #3 ) has used it for his avatar . Bob tells me that hat is some Amazonian flower pod.

Anyway, back to the important issue of Rob Wood's voting: you now have to cast your vote for the best hat!

As an aside I encourage any sad anorak who wants to start a discussion on "Just how do we define what is best in a hat? " to post that in the Heretic's corner. I should like to run a "Sad Anorak" session at Bodger's Ball Doncaster 2009 to discuss such vitally important themes as lathe efficiency, and now we can add Hat Best-ness to the agenda. For readers who won't attend the AGM, please feel free to contribute any Sad Anorak questions. We may even video the "Sad Anorak" AGM proceedings so you can view them later.

Re: who's got the best hat

PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 4:21 pm
by HughSpencer
Sadly the hat isn't even mine, I borrowed it from my host when in New Hampshire, it was made in Australia and bought from the local fire-sale company in Peterborough (NH). Oddly it must have something intrinsically Aus about it as several people at the Greenfield Blueberry Festival assumed I was Australian. I tend to wear a hat when using the lathe to stop me leaning into the string :-)

Re: who's got the best hat

PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:49 pm
by simon
You'r quite right, its not my hat.... Bob let me have a go at this years Bodgers Ball.
Its just about the only digital photo of me. Hence its use here.

Re: who's got the best hat

PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:48 pm
by HughSpencer
If you want to get ahead, blag someone else's hat :-)

Re: who's got the best hat

PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:13 pm
by Nicola Wood
Maybe we should run a competition at the bodgers ball ... see who can blag the most hats. You have to borrow a hat and get photographed wearing it :lol:

Re: who's got the best hat

PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:26 am
by Mark Allery
I was surprised to see that my avatar isn't wearing a hat as more often than not I am wearing a hat either to keep cool in the summer or warm in the winter. I don't have many pictures of me turning so I've not been able to fix it until now but here is a pic to put the record straight,

the logo says it all,

Mark
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Re: who's got the best hat

PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:27 am
by bryan
hi

my hat is not bad too :
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Re: who's got the best hat

PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:50 am
by paul atkin
this was taken when i was doing some filming for time team, i couldnt resist putting my old faithfull hat on for the shot
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Re: who's got the best hat

PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:13 pm
by Mark Allery
Nice to see a few more hats coming out.

Great shot Paul. Which episode was it I guess you werem't turning were you? I've heard that Phil is very much the same off screen as he appears on screen?

cheers

Mark

Re: who's got the best hat

PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:02 pm
by paul atkin
Mark Allery wrote:Nice to see a few more hats coming out.

Great shot Paul. Which episode was it I guess you werem't turning were you? I've heard that Phil is very much the same off screen as he appears on screen?

cheers

Mark

Hi Mark, the filming was done at Arbeia roman fort in south shields, we put young matt one of the diggers, through 24 hours of being a roman soldier, he got hit a lot, we got him drunk in the tavern scene and stuck him on gaurd duty all night :D i spent about an hour with him showing him how to turn a bowl, but they didnt show it in the final program :evil: phil was also very interested in what i was doing, and yep he is a nice guy, my only claim to fame for that episode was that you could hear me laughing in the tavern scene :oops: and when i met tony robinson i couldnt resist saying EY UP BALDRICK :lol:

Re: who's got the best hat

PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:33 pm
by Bob_Fleet
Throw mine in the ring too but its similar to everyone elses.

Gavin is nearly right.
The hat Simon is wearing is a single leaf from an Amazonian palm tree, beaten out to separate the fibres.
Couldn't resist it when I saw it for sale at the Edinburgh festival.

As for marketing - everyone in medieval pictures wears a hat - right up to the first world war even.
If they don't have their own then I'm happy to provide one and they're all very photogenic so it soon has a few people gathered who we convert to green woodwork.

Good to start/keep the tradition that you can't be a bodger without a hat and then you look a proper bodger.

Re: who's got the best hat

PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 7:21 pm
by bryan
this weekend ;-)
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Re: who's got the best hat

PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:49 am
by Bob_Fleet
Now here's a REAL hat at a pole lathe
Statutory Health and Safety wear in Scotland now.
Full protection for members of the public. Must save Mark a fortune on the insurance premium.