"Would like to have seen a photo of the completed hat."

That's what one commenter noted when we ran a story on Aug. 8: "He's Just Woven The World's Finest Panama Hat. But Who Will Buy It?"

Now, we did have a nice photo of the hat weaver himself, Simon Espinal, who lives in Pile, a village hidden in the hills of Ecuador's coastal lowlands.

And there is a close-up of the top portion of the hat, which gives a pretty good idea of what it looks like.

But yes, the commenter was right. We did not show a portrait of the completed hat in its entirety. Our bad!

So we asked for a photo. And it turns out that the hat cannot be 100 percent finished until someone buys it. Our hat correspondent, Roff Smith, gave us the lowdown:

After months of weaving and passing through the hands of several specialist finishing artisans in the town of Montecristi, the masterpiece hat woven by Simon Espinal is still a work in progress — a blank canvas, if you will, awaiting the blocker's art.

It is the job of the hat blocker — in this case hatter Brent Black — to fashion the hat body into one of the various styles we know and recognize as a Panama hat: the classic fedora (think of the cafe scene in Casablanca), or the Optimo -- the original globetrotter's Panama from the 19th century (Mark Twain liked these) — or maybe the Havana.

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