Thu, 10 December 2020
Roy Jackson has the title "Master Hatter", but I would call him an artist. About three years ago my brother-in-law returned from a work trip to Salmon, Idaho. He told me that I needed to look into "this guy up there that makes hats". That is how I got introduced to Roy Jackson.
About a year after that I was watching "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance". At the very beginning of the show Jimmy Stewart gets off of the train in Shinbone wearing a large brimmed, straw hat. I wanted that hat and called Roy. He did not know the hat, and without seeing it he could not make it. He did not own a copy of the movie either.
I searched the internet and found plenty of photos from that movie, but I could not find a photo of Jimmy Stewart wearing that hat. I decided to go low-tech. I sat down to watch the movie and paused it on the opening scene. Then I took a photo of the hat from the screen of my television and emailed it to Roy.
About one week later a perfect replica of that hat showed up at my house. Unbelievable!
I need a new straw hat for this summer. I saw a picture of a hat I liked the other day and did the same thing. Once again Roy had a perfect replica of what I was looking for at my house in about a week. I knew I had to have Roy on the show right at that point!
ADVICE FROM ROY:
Make Up Your Mind: When I asked Roy when he knew he was going to make it in this business his answer was "when I decided to be a hat maker." He believes strongly in making a decision and then making sure you achieve that.
Right Person: If you are going to apprentice with someone to learn to make hats, take your time and find the right person to fit the vision you have in mind.
By Hand: In addition to the equipment you will learn to use, learn to make a hat by hand. This way you can get started with almost no investment, and you will always be able to produce a hat.
BEST BUSINESS ADVICE ROY HAS RECEIVED:
Stick With Your Product: If you are going to be a hat maker, then be a hat maker. Master your craft. Don't get distracted by other product ideas until you have mastered what you started out to master.
PERSONAL HABIT THAT HELPS ROY SUCCEED:
Roy gets to his shop early, every day. He loves what he does, and it drives him to succeed.
The Hatter's Guide, or Scientific Instructor; is the book that got Roy started. When it comes to a hat making business, this is the book to get you going.
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