Canceled – Hatmaking and Hat Repair (Trinidad)

Hat Making and Hat Repair

June 22-26, 2020



(Continuing ed only, not for college credit)

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.  Students will leave with one completed, new hat. 

In addition, students will learn hat binding and how to trim by hand.  They will learn to refurbish old hats and are encouraged to bring a couple of old, dirty hats to renovate/revive.  Students will learn skills such as pencil curls, hole repair, and turning a hat inside out.

Tom Hirt is old-fashioned guy who does things the old fashioned way.  You might call him a throw-back to a bygone era-that time when h and 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 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. 

Tom Hirt shapes a hat
Instructor Tom Hirt shapes a hat


Tom will provide a hat box with all the tools and materials needed for each student.  A separate materials fee will be due to Tom at the time of class.  Please contact Tom in advance at 719-372-9399 to discuss your projects and needs so he will come prepared to help you complete your projects and can give you an estimated cost of materials you may need to purchase from him.