Cowboy Hat Making Class

Cowboy Hat Making Class


Come learn vintage hat making techniques from Tom Hirt, one of the most notable and established hatters in Hollywood.  You will design and create your own heirloom felt hat.  Learn to use vintage hat blocks and tools to form and shape your hat by hand using techniques and tools of early hatters.  Hand-workmanship will involve crown blocking, rim flanging, crown and brim finishing, sewing, steaming and shaping.  Take home a hat that is custom made for you and your unique spirit!


Tom Hirt is an old-fashioned guy who does things the old-fashioned way. You might call him a throw--back to a bygone era--that time when wranglers and cowboys took care of business with their bare hands. 

Hirt continues that tradition to this day as a hat maker who makes superior-quality beaver felt hats one at a time by hand. Known as the Hat Maker for the Movies, he has designed hats for many famous clients including Val Kilmer, Sam Elliot, Sharon Stone.

His credits include Tombstone, The Quick and the Dead, Conagher and many others.

After almost 20 years, he is considered one of the West's most notable and most established hatters. 


Class is Thursday, Friday and Saturday Seeptember 16th, 17th and 18th from 9-5.  We will break for lunch each day.


All supplies are included in the class fee.


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