Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Our newest neighbor here in Bend’s Maker’s District is Cate Havstad and her business, Havstad Hat Company. Cate makes custom, handcrafted hats out of the finest fur felts. She produces them in her 32-foot airstream workshop that, as of a month ago, is parked across the street from Natural Edge.
One important part of the process is the wood hat form. Cate makes one to match each customer’s hat measurements. Typically balsa or a similar soft wood is used. We have a good supply of cottonwood that came from a tree we recovered in Bend last year. It fell over during a windstorm (We love a good windstorm!).
So, we are now making the rough hat forms for Cate and then she is doing the final shaping for each one in our workshop. We love it when we can work with other local makers and artists.