Hat Blocks & Hats - Sculptural Form & Artistic Function

Sat Aug 19 (full schedule below)
Peninsula Museum of Art
11am - 5pm
Arts, Museums


Hat Blocks & Hats – Sculptural Form & Artistic Function

This exhibit is a glimpse into the hat maker’s workroom and a demonstration of the process of blocking hats - the forming of felt and straw materials over traditional wood hat blocks.

Hat blocks are “tools of the trade” for the hat maker, but they are not just common workroom tools. They are wood forms, intricately carved and shaped by skilled woodworkers - they are unique sculptured works of art in their own right.

Wayne Wichern’s exquisite hats will be paired with these unusual wood sculptures from his extensive collection of vintage and contemporary hat blocks.

Exhibit Events:

Saturday, July 22, 2:30pm - Mad Hatter’s Tea - ($125.00 per person) - Event to benefit Peninsula Museum of Art) Please contact Beth Beisecker, Special Events, Peninsula Museum of Art [email protected]

Sunday, July 23, 2pm-4pm - Exhibit Opening Reception

Sunday, August 27, 2pm - Sunday Special - Artist Presentation - Peninsula Museum - (Reception and lecture/presentation free and open to the public)


Peninsula Museum of Art
1777 California Drive
Burlingame, CA
Sat Aug 19 (11am - 5pm)
Sun Aug 20 (11am - 5pm)
Wed Aug 23 (11am - 5pm)
Thu Aug 24 (11am - 5pm)
Fri Aug 25 (11am - 5pm)


  1. Peninsula Museum of Art
    1777 California Drive, Burlingame, CA