I wasn't going to say anything, but you are right on point @milandro . There's no one for miles who could even pretend to know how to work on a hat, western or else. Which is a sad thing to say living in Texas. Luckily, we have a shoe repair place here that has been in the same family for over 100 years and they do great work, but I'm well aware they is a rare luxury these days. I've had to learn how to do things myself if I want to get the hats I want. Since I'm a guy with a 7 5/8 LO and pointed head, finding a high crowned fedora is almost impossible. Therefore, I'm having to convert any western I can find that fits. The only thing I have yet to tackle is sewing a sweatband. I guess I'll have to continue on my search for a good set of instructions. Until I see you again, thank you for your help.