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Cowboy Hat Making – G210745

Learn vintage cowboy hat making techniques – from one of the most notable and established hatters in Hollywood. You will design and create your own heirloom-quality felt hat. Use vintage hat blocks and tools and other equipment to form and shape hats by hand. Workmanship will involve crown blocking, brim flanging, crown and brim finishing, sewing steaming and shaping. You will take home a hat that you have made, and infused with a bit of Ghost Ranch cowboy spirit.

Materials fee is $500.

Sunday-Friday, July 25-30, 2021

Note: Participants will have the Sunday evening and Monday day to enjoy the Ranch. Class starts Monday evening.

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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: During this Covid-19 pandemic period, 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 $100 processing charge. No refunds will be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In that 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. This cancellation policy does not apply to January term. If the cancellation is Covid-related and is received less than 45 days prior to your start date, your funds will be left on deposit for another ghost ranch workshop or future stay or you can make it a full donation to support us through this unique business period.

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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.

During Covid safety period - single occupancy lodging is the standard
  • During Covid-19 periods, all lodging types will be single occupancy at no additional charge. Of course, you can share a room with a spouse, partner, family or another person that shares your full-time residence. The extra folks that share a room will pay for workshop registration fees and meals.
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.

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  • Tom Hirt
    Tom Hirt

    Tom Hirt has been making hats for thirty-plus years, starting out as apprentice under Art Henderson at the Wether Hat Shop in Colorado Springs. Known as the hatmaker for the movies, he designed and created hats for Tombstone, Conagher, Johnson County War, The Quick and the Dead, and the TV series Heartland. Tom has created hats for President Ronald Reagan and film stars such as Sam Elliott, Buck Taylor, and Val Kilmer. Tom currently teaches hatmaking at Trinidad State College and has taught classes at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Sun Valley, ID; the Trappings of the American West in Flagstaff, AZ; and Sul Ross University in Alpine, TX. His hats are on display in the Richard Farnsworth exhibit at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and in the Gene Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles.


Jul 25 - 30 2021



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