Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Hats Off!

While in Sante Fe last weekend, I renewed an old acquaintance with Kevin O'Farrell, the greatest cowboy hat-maker in the world.

There are cowboy hats and cowboy hats, but Kevin's hats are purely unique. That's why they've ended up on the heads of presidents, artists and famous rock stars you'd recognize in a minute. I met him more than a decade ago at a Michael Martin Murphey "Westfest," then again at his O'Farrell's of Durango hat store. He used to run with some of the same folks I did back in the day, including master holster-maker Gordon Davis, one of the co-founders of SASS and cowboy shooting.

O'Farrells of Durango was a screaming success, but Kevin wanted to build hats one at a time, made to order. So he sold the business in Durango and retreated to Santa Fe's Canyon Road, already crawling with artists and a bastion of eccentricity.

Kevin's got this ancient device for measuring a person's head—it looks like something one might have worn back in the 1880s to communicate with the dead. So he plops this device on your head, then walks around you two or three times, teaking this and that, while you wait to start receiving All-Zombie All-The-Time radio. Then he whips out a tape measure, takes a lot of measurements of your head and looks worried, is if somehow your skull has been found wanting. Then he makes a lot of notes on an index card, which he probably sells to Homeland Security as soon as you leave.

Not surprisingly, his hats are expensive--$575 for part beaver; $875 for all beaver. Kevin said I should have ordered one when he was in Durango, back when I might have been able to afford it. Still, an O'Farrell hat is a lifetime investment.

And, no, he doesn't sell hats on the internet! You've got to haul your butt to Santa Fe, put the device on your head, hand Kevin a credit card and wait for Zombie Radio. Tell him I sent you, and maybe he'll give me a discount.

5 comments:

Dennis Ivans said...

Your item on the hats of Kevin O’Ferrell was enjoyable. Several years ago, on a trip to Santa Fe, I met Kevin at his shop on Canyon Road. I felt privileged to be able to sit and talk with him that afternoon. He proved to be a truly wonderful person: a great sense of humor; generous with his time and information.

That measuring device did seem to be a throwback to another time. It was ingenious, efficient, and ranked right up there with all the weird contraptions found in great old sci-fi movies.

Many times since that trip, I’ve thought about getting a custom-made hat from Kevin and, finally, had the opportunity last week. I stopped in at the new shop in Santa Fe, just off the plaza, but was saddened to find that Kevin had passed away a month ago.

Scott and Van Dyke are carrying on the business and seem to have taken on much of Kevin’s character and fun loving attitude. Van Dyke was delighted when I had him fit me for a hat. He plopped me down, grabbed the measuring device and worked away for a while. After finishing with the measuring tape and and taking some notes, his comment that my “noggin was big enough to have its own gravitational pull.” had me falling out of the barber’s chair.

The guys were a fine source of information on the care and feeding of my new beaver hat. Needless to say, I can’t wait until it is delivered. I am sure I will wear it with pride for many years to come. My only regret was that I didn’t get to spend more time with Kevin. He was a fine individual will surely be missed by all that knew him.

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