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Sombrero Shaping

  • All Hands Workshops 514a Front Street Santa Cruz, CA, 95060 United States (map)
from 125.00
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***Orders for 5 inch brims must be received no later than January 27th.***


Shape your own sombrero with El Rancho Carpintero! Learn how to shape and reshape your own hat . . . again and again.

In this workshop, we will:

  • learn some old timey California history from the days before California was a part of the United States

  • learn how to shape (and reshape) by hand our own hat to meet the needs of the adventure that is your life, using water that you harvest

The following supplies are included:

  • your new hat body

  • squirt bottles

  • water

  • sisal or antique cotton for hat band

  • beaded or horsehair hatbands available for purchase at an additional price

You can bring:

  • your hands

  • your imagination

  • a frisky attitude

  • anything you would like to attach to your new hat . . . such as a talisman, a charm, a leaf, or a feather

You will go home with:

  • your very own sombrero, hand shaped by you



These are not city slicker hats. These fine sombreros del palma are hand-braided and then sewn on an old-timey treadle sewing machine in Guatemala.

These hats love sun, water, sweat, dirt, gold, and rough-housing. . . so get going. :)

These sombreros are super durable, built to last, and unless it gets ripped or broken, it can be reshaped again and again . . . like magic!


Justin Carpenter

Justin Carpenter is a Southern California based hatter who dates his family history back to the 1850s in Oakland and the 1700s in Los Angeles. This family history provides part of the context which inspires his hand shaped "Alta-California" styled sombreros.

IG: @elranchocarpintero

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