Mr Monkey in Stockport

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Stockport isn't the most exotic place you could take a young monkey to, but it does have a hat museum. And that's not just a museum full of hats - there's a floor of really great machinery used to convert rabbit or beaver fur into a fine felt hat.

Follow the links on the images below for larger pictures of Mr Monkey's visit to the spiritual home of the British hat. Incidentally, Mr Rik actually signed a form for permission to take these pictures.

Old style planking kettle Steam power Fur grinding and sorting Hood forming gizmo Industrial planking machine Hoods ready to be hats A block turning machine The finished product A scary hat box

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