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    Our History

    Hat Blocks Direct was founded by James Cox in 2007. Having already worked in manufacturing hat blocks for 5 years, James also served a 5 year Pattern Making apprenticeship under his father Paul. During this time he gained qualifications and perfected his wood working skills.

    Since 2007 he has made hat blocks for customers all over the world and established the name Hat Blocks Direct throughout the Millinery community.


    Paul, a Patternmaker of 40 years, served his apprenticeship at Dudley Foundry, a well known and respected Patternshop which offered excellent training. After 10 years he became a fully qualified Patternmaker and went on to gain experience working at a number of companies before deciding to set up his own business ‘Integrity Craftsmanship’.

    Here he built a reputation for been one of the finest Patternmakers in the area. It was at this time he became involved in manufacturing hat blocks.


    Today Paul works alongside James helping to manufacture hat blocks and constructing Patterns for local companies.  He values the opportunity to pass on his wealth of knowledge to the next generation of woodworkers.

    James is assisted in the administration of Hat Blocks Direct by Christine and Janet. . Christine has several years experience making bespoke hats for clients, including Dave Hill of Slade, and has exhibited hats at the annual hat festival Chapeau Caussade in France.


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