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Southwest Style Hats – G230522

Welcome to Blue Grass week at Ghost Ranch. In this workshop you will…Make Your Own Cowboy Hat!

Specifically, you will have the opportunity to design and customize a new cowboy hat to suit your individual taste & needs. With the help of Allen Wilkinson, you will create a hat that you can wear to the Blue  Grass concert on Saturday night, exciting envy in all you sit behind you.

This workshop will include Include installing a sweatband, reblocking your hat to the correct size and shape, and creating and attaching your own unique hatband…..

Depending on time and resources, you may be able to make more than one hat.


Allen Wilkinson – owner of Thunderbird Hats and cowboy hat maker extraordinary!

Welcome from Allen:
I have been creating one of a kind, custom cowboy hats for nore than 15 years. My years of experience, combined with my extensive work with leather and design, along with my passion for Antique and Vintage Western Memoribilia has evolved into my full time “labor of Love” (obsession). I look very much forward to sharing my expertise with you while assisting you in creating your one of a kind Custom Cowboy Hat.

My Instagram Page is @Thunderbirdhats. Feel free to look through the photos to get an idea of some of my creations, and gain ideas for yours.

My email is bootking7@gmail.com.  I am available for questions, but please know I am often on the road with my hats.

I will furnish everything you will need in this class. If, however, you have a special item OR a sentimental piece that you feel might be incorporated into your design by all means bring it along! We will see what we can create!

I will bring extra hats and supplies for purchase as well.

When you register, please give your hat size! We want your hat to fit!

Materials Fees
Due to the expense of leather and the equipment and accessories hat making entails, there will be a $400 materials fee payable to the instructor the first day of class. This fee is in addition to the workshop tuition. This amount could increase depending on what you choose for a hat band. For instance, I will offer some Vintage ,Antique, and Native items which would increase your cost dependent on the specific item.

$ 1314 Private Bath Lodging (restroom attached to your room) = $660/$500 tuition/$154 meals package

$1014 Dorm-style   Lodging (restrooms shared with other rooms) = $360/$500 tuition/ $154 meals package

***$400 payable to instructor on first day of workshop not included in this this price***



Please use the options below to find helpful information regarding Ghost Ranch Workshops and Retreats

If you need shuttle service, please reach out to Kevin at White Buffalo Shuttle 831.359.8077 | nivek@cruzio.com

Virtual Events: Payments made for Virtual Events are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the event, recordings will be made available to you after the event. For events with multiple sessions, every attempt will be made to make the session(s) available to you before the next scheduled session.

In-person events: Written notification must be received no later than 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop in order to receive a refund, minus a $150 processing charge. No refunds can be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 31 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In this event, you may transfer to another workshop without charge or we will refund the full workshop payment. (Many participants have found it helpful to purchase travel insurance). If the cancellation is received less than 31 days prior to your start date, your funds can be left on deposit for another Ghost Ranch workshop or future stay during this calendar year, but you must know the exact dates of your next stay. Or you can choose to make it a tax-deductible donation to support Ghost Ranch. This cancellation policy does not apply to January Term.

Ghost Ranch Scholarship Request

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Ghost Ranch scholarship. The typical scholarship amount is $100-350. We are able to grant more scholarships in the winter, spring and late fall seasons than we are in the summer months. 

You will receive a copy of your scholarship form after you submit it and should hear back from Ghost Ranch about your application within a 10 working days. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Robin Keck, robingk@ghostranch.org.


We understand there are some with special dietary restrictions. In order for us to best serve all, prior notice of any special needs is required.

Because we are a cafeteria style foodservice and our number of guests can be quite large, we are unable to accommodate individual meals for any guest. We are, however, always looking to be sure that we have an option that will fit one or more common and crossover restrictions.

Any severe allergies are taken most seriously, yet we cannot promise there will be no cross contamination in the assembling of products here. We highly recommend some personal option be brought along. We do have a few public refrigerators available, but there is no access to a kitchen or cooking.

We are also unable administer any medication, so please have your personal Epi-Pen” readily available.

We are glad you are planning to visit the ranch, and want your trip from beginning to end to be smooth.We rely on White Buffalo Shuttle for our guests. Kevin Spitzer picks up at the Sage Inn in Santa Fe the afternoon of the first date listed, and returns to the Sage Inn the morning of the last date. His phone number is 831.359.8077. Email is nivek@cruzio.com

The best way to get to Santa Fe Sage Inn is Groome Transportation. They are very helpful in assessing your flight info and getting you on the right shuttle at the right time. 505.474.5696/ groometransportation.com


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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

In-person workshops begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed.

Virtual workshops will have a varied schedule that is identified within each workshop description.

What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?

Private bath refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy

Private Bath Room: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms. The highest rate tier of Ghost Ranch lodging.

Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two adjoining sleeping rooms. These rooms will only be used as family or group suites, not to be shared by unknown neighbors as in the past.

Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/shower in the lodging building and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.

Click here to learn more about lodging at Ghost Ranch

  • The ranch Dining Hall serves three meals a day on a fixed schedule. We offer a vegetarian option at each meal. While the Dining Hall offers gluten-free items and vegan dishes at some meals, we cannot guarantee that these options will be available for each meal.  Let us know about this need in your registration notes. If it is necessary for a guest to eat a specific diet or if a guest has food allergies, the surest option is to bring personal food items to the ranch. There are refrigerators available for guest use in a few common/public spaces. 
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  • Allen Wilkinson
    Allen Wilkinson

    owner of Thunderbird Hats and cowboy hat maker extraordinary!


May 10 - 14 2023

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