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Weather Hats, Belle Fourche, South Dakota

bowlerman

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This week I discovered an unexpected gem in Belle Fourche, South Dakota— it was a pleasure spending a few hours with Jack, hatter of Weather Hat Co., touring his shop and learning about his almost entirely vintage hat-making tools and machinery. He is a gentle, creative soul, and an exceptional craftsman. We talked shop for a long while Friday and Saturday, and I left with one of my holy grail hats: a silver belly “Boss of the Plains.” I immediately took it for a spin on a trail in the Black Hills. I’m so pleased that a custom hat operation like this exists in the state of South Dakota. Thanks Jack!
 

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bowlerman

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I don't know if I would wear it, but that telescope/Montana peak crown is kind of awesome. (Is that what it would be called?)
One of my favorite things about Jack is that in addition to the "usual" creases-- and the biggest sellers such as the cattleman-- he likes to get creative with his creases and ribbons. Particularly in the telescopic crowns, you will find shapes such as hearts, steer heads, spirals/swirls, arrowheads, mountain peaks (not exactly Montana peak), and saguaro cacti, most of which don't seem to affect the way the hat wears. I thought that was pretty sweet.
 

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