HAT MAKING with Tom Hirt
July 20-24, 2020
$325 (does not include the cost of materials)
Continuing Ed only-not for college credit
$325 (extra charge for each hat)
To register call Donna Haddow at 719 846-5724.
Continuing Education only-not for college credit
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THIS CLASS WILL BE HELD AT THE A.R. MITCHELL MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART, 150 E. MAIN STREET, TRINIDAD, CO 81082
Students will learn to use the equipment and techniques to make a hat with products that most people have or can readily get from home. Students will learn how to shape the hat by hand, ironing of the brim, sizing and hand cutting of the brim, hand pouncing and hand finishing the crown. If time allows, the class may touch on hat binding and trim by hand. Students will leave class with a completed hat and the skills needed to practice what they learned at home and make additional hats with supplies they have on hand. Tom will provide a hat box with all the tools and materials needed for each student. This class has some down time while waiting for processes to complete. To fill this time, students may bring a hat in need of repair and/or plan to make a second hat as time permits.
Tom Hirt is old-fashioned guy who does things the old fashioned way. You might call him a throw-back to a bygone era – when cowboys and craftsmen took care of business with their 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, and Sharon Stone. His movie credits include Tombstone, the Quick and the Dead, Conagher, and many others. After many decades, he is considered one of the West’s most notable and most established hatters.
Students will need to register no later than June 15th in order for Tom to get the materials he will need for the class. Hats of the West or email Tom at email@example.com 719-372-9399. Students should contact Tom at the number above to get a complete list of other supplies [at students expense] they need to bring and provide their hat size for ordering the block, etc. Students will reimburse Tom for the cost of supplies and should contact him for pricing and to provide hat size information.