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A look at making hand-crafted cowboy hats

Smithbilt Hats in Calgary uses 100-year-old equipment to make 20,000 to 30,000 hats a year.

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Many hats ready to receive their finished shape at Smithbilt Hats in Calgary.

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An employee in the process of making a cowboy hat at Smithbilt Hats. Some of the equipment is 100-years-old.

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Smithbilt makes approximately 20,000 to 30,000 hats a year. Hats can cost buyers between $25 to $900.

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One of the tools used to give cowboys their shape.

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Larry Glasgow uses steam to put a final shape to the brim of the hat.

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Larry Glasgow shows the hat before (right) and after he uses steam to give it its final shape.

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An employee inspects a cowboy hat at Smithbilt Hats in Calgary.

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