The Hat I Wanted…


I know that we are not supplying your headwear needs with our new hats. Two colors? One rim size? And that crown? It’s easily 3/8” too small. I know that your haberdasher chortled mightily when he opened our webpage.

Here’s the solution. Make you own dang hat. Below is a link to the vector file we used to make the embroidery pattern for these hats. The marriage mark cannot be copyrighted any more than you could copyright a question mark. Click here.

Here’s a note you can print out for your local embroider.


The vector file you’ve just been handed (it looks like a triangle with fins and a tail) is a mark that has been in use by woodworkers since at least the 1700s. It’s called the “marriage mark” and is used to mark out parts that belong together. It’s in the public domain as much as any historical symbol (the Christian cross, the lotus plant, the middle finger). 

I personally drew this image in about 5 seconds in Adobe Illustrator and give permission to anyone to use it as they see fit. Put it on baby jammies, Yoda costumes, thong underwear.


Chris Schwarz, drawer of the triangle thingy.

If you don’t like our hat selections, do the DIY thing and make a hat for yourself. You can support a local business and get exactly what you want. You might even save a few bucks in the process.

— Christopher Schwarz

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14 Responses to The Hat I Wanted…

  1. Greg Veeh says:


  2. miathet says:

    Thank you Chris needed a good laugh!!!

  3. Dave Bosshard says:

    Just for curiosity… how many folks took a harder look at the image “left_barefoot_white” before moving on to more serious activities!?

  4. Would it have killed you to demonstrate the mark on a tube top?

  5. Jeff Luft says:

    I’ll take 42 onesies.

  6. Joseph Kesselman says:

    Being reminded that it’s a marriage mark… Now I want to see it in a wedding cake

  7. Googles “Italian Underwear”

  8. Bruce Jackson says:

    Maybe you can help me. What is the typical orientation of this marriage mark on marked pieces? Would you use more than one on joints if there are multiple joints? Or would you change the orientation of the mark for different joints?


    • Hi Bruce,

      I make the mark so it always points toward the front or the top of the finished piece. I use the mark on all parts that occupy a plane with the project. So all the face frame parts will have these marks (pointing up) across multiple pieces. Example: lay out all the drawer fronts on your bench as they will appear. Scrawl one giant marriage mark that covers all of them, pointing up.

      Here is how they are oriented on boxes:

      It’s something that is easier to explain in person than in words.

  9. Paul McGee says:

    The thong illustration picture isn’t appearing for me on the blog site … (???)

  10. Laura Smith says:

    Came for the woodwork. Stayed for the thongs.

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