The Akubras with an open crown, such as the Bushman, allow you to put your own
personal bash or crease in the crown. A hat maker would use steam to make the
shape permanent but steam may also shrink the felt. The better way for those
who are not hat makers is to put in a preliminary shape, then when the hat
is damp from the rain adjust it to the desired final shape and let it dry.
This not only avoids shrinkage problems, but also lets you try out the preliminary
shape and change it if needed.
We have provided instructions below for adding a pinched telescope bash
to your open crown Akubra, or follow these links for other popular bashes:
Pinched Telescope Bash
The Bushman is often worn with a pinched telescope bash.
Step 1. Start with the open crown Bushman.
Step 2. First push in the top to form a triangular shape pointed
towards the front with the section towards the back rounded to the
shape of the crown. The front may be one-half to one inch higher than
Step 3. The inside of the pushed -in top is then raised in a domed shape so
that it does not touch the head, leaving a valley between the dome and
the sides. The top of the dome should normally be about level with the
top of the sides, a little above the top of the back.
Step 4. Two side dents are put in near the top of the front, and the front
of the brim snapped down.