Akubra Hat Making

Have You Ever Wondered How An Akubra Hat Is Made?

Akubra hats are synonymous with Australian life. But, did you ever stop to think about the incredible craftsmanship that goes into making each and every one of these pieces? It takes around six weeks to create just one Akubra hat. All Akubra headwear is made using traditional processes that have hardly changed in 140 years! So, let’s take a look at the hat-making process.

How Akubra Hats Are Made

OMG – Have you seen how the Akubra hat is made? It makes us even more proud to be Australian.

Posted by Eagle Wools on Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Eagle Wools stock the best Australian brands and manufactures quality sheep skin products.

The 10 Step Akubra Hat Making Process

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The 10 Step Akubra Hat Making Process

Step One

Cleaned rabbit fur is mixed in a special blowing machine with eight sections. All dirt, clotted hair and felt is removed. The end result of this initial part of the process is akin to a sheet of downy, soft fabric.

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Step Two

To interlock the fibres, the fur is now sucked into a large rotating cone. Hot water is then sprayed onto it, creating a huge fragile piece of felt.

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Step Three

Next, the delicate material is cloth-wrapped and put between rollers to begin the shrinkage process. Initially, the shrinkage takes place rapidly. The process makes the felt tighter and stronger until the shrinkage rate is reduced. This is repeated as the hat is repositioned, ensuring that the pressure is even

The hats are then placed into an apron machine to make them three times smaller than they were to begin with.

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Step Four

The dyeing process is begun. A large dyeing vat can hold as many as 200 hats. The brims are now soaked in a shellac mix. This process is known as proofing and helps make the brim durable and the crown to keep its shape.

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Step Five

It’s at this point that the hats are given their shape. They’re also dipped in hot water to make them pliable. In a process called blocking, metal fingers help the hats take their final form. The brims are now broken out.

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Step Six

The sixth step is known as stoving. The hats dry in large ovens overnight.

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Step Seven

The seventh step is pouncing. Each hat is sandpapered on a fast-moving wheel to give them their final finish. Excess dust is brushed off. It’s then that the hats are rigorously quality-inspected. After this point, the hat body is pulled over a block of wood where a metal ring holds the hat band at the bottom and the brims are stretched flat.

Next, the hats are ironed automatically. The heat of the iron reacts with the shellac, setting the brim and providing firmness. A process called rounding then trims any excess brim.

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Step Eight

Eight out of ten hats leave the Akubra factory pre-creased with the crown already in its final shape. Each hat is put in an aluminium dish on a rubber mould, so it can set. The hats are steamed on a well-maintained huon pine block that’s the right shape and size.

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Step Nine

Trimmings such as the leather sweatband are created and stamped with the Akubra crest in gold foil, information that the hats are Aussie-made and also the name of the hat model. These are then fitted carefully to each hat.

The hats then go through the flanging process. They’re put in frames to give the brims their final shape using a wet cloth and hot sand bags to painstakingly change the brim shape.

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Step Ten

The hats are now packed, ready to go into shipping containers and sent out worldwide to distributors such as us, Eagle Wools.

So, there you have it. When you purchase an Akubra hat, you can be assured of good, traditional Australian quality and craftsmanship.

Akubra Hats are available in-store and online at Eagle Wools

Visit us at 229 Hampton Rd, South Fremantle WA 6162

Quality Workmanship

We only use the finest materials and we guarantee the quality and workmanship of everything we make.

True Aussie Brands

We stock all the true blue Aussie brands from R.M Williams and Akubra through to Woolerina and Mini Jumbuk.

40+ Years Strong

Eagle Wools has been manufacturing sheepskin products (Uggs, Rugs, Car Seat Covers, etc) for over 40 years.

Passionate

We are one of the few companies that stock truly Aussie Made. We care about supporting the locals and help connect people with nature.

What Our Customers Say

I’ve visited Eagle Wools during a cruise while in the Navy back in the 1987 and took a tour of their store in Freemantle. It was during this time that I purchased my first pair of slippers. I love them so much and they were so comfortable that I have been purchasing them all this time and will not settle for any other slipper except those made by Eagle Wools!read more
Richard L. Morrison
Richard L. Morrison
2018-08-31T11:30:08+0000
Beautiful Australian made products they actually make the products at the shop friendly helpful service price is very reasonable for an amazing product we bought ugg boots 👍
Marnee D'Andrilli
Marnee D'Andrilli
2018-05-30T12:48:38+0000
The staff at Eagle Wools are always so helpful. I love their Uggs and awesome that they've got so many other great gift products now too. Love their wool clothing too. It's so great to be able to buy great quality, Australian made products.
Yvette Guy
Yvette Guy
2017-08-11T02:20:29+0000
Awesome products and awesome service. Didn't have the Uggs in size or colour I wanted, but custom made for me (hot pink size 14) look and feel amazing!!
Leigh Mullan
Leigh Mullan
2017-07-30T06:06:03+0000
Eagle Wools offers friendly service. There's no sales pressure and the loyalty program is great. The new premises is light and spacious. We'll be back.
Samantha Holtham
Samantha Holtham
2017-07-15T08:57:40+0000
I didn't even know a place made Uggs in Perth and ones that infer they do have a shipping container out back (China). Not Eagle Wools made on site at fair prices, lovely staff and awesome products, the search is over!
Robert Lawry
Robert Lawry
2017-07-13T10:11:51+0000
3 of us went into Eagle Wools recently for our first new uggs in years.The staff were great and very helpful we ended up with 4 pairs and and we all love them.Thank guys wouldnt get them anywhere else.
Susan Brown
Susan Brown
2017-06-24T01:24:47+0000
I have found your staff always extremely friendly and helpful and your ugg boots of the highest quality and long lasting. I have had mine for over 10 years and they are still going strong. I wear them everyday in the winter and on the other odd cold day. I never hesitate to recommend you to anyone who is looking for ugg boots. Thank you for the many, many pairs of ugg boots worn by my family and friends.read more
Leonie Mclarty
Leonie Mclarty
2017-05-01T23:16:44+0000
You are the only place I would ever buy my UGGS from. We visit Fremantle every year from Scotland, and I always make a point of dropping by. Love your new place, keep up the good work.
Susan McEwan Freel
Susan McEwan Freel
2017-04-30T16:13:32+0000
My family and I have been buying from Eagle Wools for the last 28 years! I get all my uggs made there and we have had car seat covers made there. I would never go anywhere else!
Sonya Cerny
Sonya Cerny
2017-04-29T02:56:13+0000
I've been getting my Ugg slippers & boots from Eagle Wools for more than 16 years and wouldn't go anywhere else. They welcome 'made to order' requests which is great for me as like my Uggs to be one of a kind and love picking which cow hide pieces I'll get them to cover the sheepskin with. They look awesome and are so comfortable I wear them all year round.I want to wish Eagle Wools much success in their new premises and recommend young and old to check them out, you love it!read more
Cathy Bourke
Cathy Bourke
2017-04-28T20:29:10+0000
The ugg slippers are awesome and we use them heaps, but I was really impressed by the quality and fit of the Car Seat Covers that you fitted to my SUV. Every time I get into that vehicle, I feel like I'm in a luxury Limo. Thanks......Mike
Michael Metcalf
Michael Metcalf
2017-04-28T03:09:29+0000
Best Ugg Boots in town. Great collection of colours. Friendly and personal service all the time. Also I love all the other items in the shop, our animals both enjoy their wool beds .
Kirsty Browne-Cooper
Kirsty Browne-Cooper
2017-04-27T11:19:14+0000
Great service and fantastic products!! They also make it very easy for people to buy products from another country. My American family is obsessed with Eagle Wools!
Missy Heck Day
Missy Heck Day
2017-04-27T10:06:51+0000
Very good products purchased at your store. The staff were extremely helpful and attentive. The ugg boots that were purchased were taken to Canada and have been greatly admired by the folks out there. Thank you for a well made product.
Colleen Oehme
Colleen Oehme
2017-04-27T09:36:12+0000
Love your sheepskins for babies! . Perfect for pram and lovely for a baby to lie on. A special Ausie gift that was deeply appreciated. Your special airvacumn seal was perfect for postage overseas. Thank you for your help and advice.
Mary Verstegen
Mary Verstegen
2017-04-27T09:21:14+0000
I live in the Netherlands and two years ago our Australian family took us to your store. We bought the best ugg boots ever, a great souvenir! We're planning a new visit to Australia and hopefully we're able to buy a new pair of Ugg boots again in your store.
Edith Noordhoek
Edith Noordhoek
2017-04-27T08:50:47+0000
We always buy our uggs from you. Firstly you are a local business and your uggs are consistently top quality. And champions that you are, you even made uggs for us last time we wanted to buy them for a family member. So we always recommend you to all our friends and family. I hope your new premises will work great for you and we will still be able to buy uggs in future.read more
Alex Andrzejewski
Alex Andrzejewski
2017-04-27T08:21:12+0000
From Singapore we love the quality of your lambswool. Durable and very high quality. Thank you for vacuum sealing everything and going above and beyond. Highly recommended!
Bere Bru
Bere Bru
2017-04-27T08:15:20+0000
I am not a fan of winter time, cold weather, dark mornings, dark early in the evening, but I manage to get through with my Australian Made Eagle Wools Ugg Boots. Before work, after work, on go my warm toastie uggs. I try and support Eagle Wools because they are locally made. I agree with others on here who buy them as gifts too. I have sent several pairs to cold climate friends who adore them too. Worth what you pay!!read more
Wendy Rae Sekuloff
Wendy Rae Sekuloff
2017-04-27T08:10:31+0000
My husband and I love our Eagle Wool ugg boots. We have bought 4 pairs over the years and they are excellent quality. I would love to buy some for my kids too but have been reluctant as their feet grow so fast!
Robin Hodge
Robin Hodge
2017-04-27T07:56:06+0000
I live in the U.K. And eagle wools was highly recommended by my uk friend who now lives in Australia. I have bought 2 pairs of ugg boots from eagle wools and I am really happy with the workmanship that has gone into the boots. I no that 2 of my uk friends have bought uggs from eagle. I wish I lived nearer to call in the store. Best of luck for the future. Love and hugs xxxread more
Marion Hodgson
Marion Hodgson
2017-04-27T07:51:43+0000
Just bought boots from your shop all made to order to take back to Scotland xxxWas at your fun day today and had a fabulous time thank you Pam n Neil for inviting us and being so friendly xxx
Pam Crawford
Pam Crawford
2017-04-01T03:56:24+0000

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