I don't really know what to say about this. I'm still trying to figure out if I like him wearing it. But after his unrelenting nagging, I went ahead and made him an ascot just for fun. He found the tutorial here. This particular one was made with two vintage neck ties so it is reversible. Andy is very exited about it. He plans to wear it to a preaching conference and then to smoke pipes with friends tomorrow. He's a strange bird.
The word on the internet is that ascots (also known by their British name, the day cravat) are for old men, rich men with yachts, or young men who are jerks. Of course the guy from Gilligan's Island is frequently mentioned. Andy can't see why this particular piece of neckwear should be considered any more silly than a bow tie. Even neckties are pretty odd when you step back and think about it.
Since this ascot is made out of neckties, it's not made to the same specs of a genuine store-bought ascot. It was less difficult to make than a bow tie. I don't expect the orders to come flooding in from all over the world, though---do you? But the reality is, he begged me to make him a seersucker bow tie, and I did. And now I have the coolest job in the world. (The difference is, of course, that I actually thought the seersucker bow tie was cool. This, well...)