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Outside Interests: Havstad Hat Company

From the bloggers at Outside Interests.

An unfortunate incident a few years ago launched Cate Havstad into the business of hat building. Her sweet lab-mix dog Charlie, at the time a naughty puppy, chewed up her prized possession: an old flat top hat of very sentimental value.

“It was a very special hat,” she said. “I started researching how I could fix it, which led me to looking into custom hatters. That opened up a Pandora’s box! I found out that people have been doing this pretty much the same way with the same tools since the 1800’s.”

“It was fascinating,” she said. “There’s a tiny little pocket of master hatters left.” She chose one to apprentice with—later found other mentors in the field—and began building hats out of a horse barn before she moved her business into her 32-foot 1986 Excella.

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