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"I dedicate my hatmaking to

using only the highest quality

materials made in the USA."

Meet the Hat Maker

Eric Watson

Hat Maker

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My passion for hat making started at the ripe age of 13. Unable to find a high quality Indiana Jones fedora I became Inspired to learn the art of hat making by restoring very fine hats as old as 1912. Later, I was fortunate to have some older hatters share the trade secrets of hat making with me and sell me some of their hat making equipment over the years.

Back then people took pride in what they wore, because it was tailor made by a master craftsman. My hats are made with pride and will last a lifetime when cared for. At Watson's Hat Shop you will enjoy the natural luster and signature finish that make our hats works of art.

I was recently featured in IMAGES AZ Magazine, Cave Creek Tourist.com, AZ Central and ABC News 15. Follow the links and learn a little more about my story.

The Shop

At Watson's Hat Shop each hat is hand crafted using rare hat making equipment that dates back from the days of the Hat Making era when a customer could walk into a custom hat shop and the hatter would tailor build the hat from the ground up just as the the customer would want.

White Rotary Sewing Machine (1929)


Hatter's Initialing Machine (1889)


Singer Sewing Machine (1930's)


Conformateur (late 1800's)


Crown Iron Machine (1920's)


Practical Hatters Sewing Machine (1887)


Many of my tools of the trade are from a bygone era. Hand made tools for hand made products.

Eric Watson

How I Do It

Each hat is cared for just the same as the next with precision and respect. At Watson's Hat Shop we offer some of the finest blends of pure beaver, beaver blend, and European Hare (i.e. rabbit fur felt). Also, you will find that we make our hats from the finest panama hat bodies. (hand woven in Ecuador) You can choose from up to 26 different colors of hats, and up to 40 different colors of ribbon with the choice of four different widths. Also, have a custom leather hat band, braided horse hair or custom stampede strings you would like made? Watson's Hat Shop offers custom hand made hat bands made here in the USA. We can even customize the hat band with your ranch logo, racing logo, or a special design. Maybe there is a favorite movie or hat that you would like made? No problem, just stop in and let me know exactly what you would like. If your not sure, what hat may look good on you and fit your face and body features then leave it to me.This is where my artistic ability really comes into play. Together we will customize a great looking hat that you will love and be proud to wear for a long time.

Western Hats

You will find all your western and cowboy hat needs at Watson's Hat Shop.

Dress Hats

Pick one of our classic styles or design your own custom one.

Panama Hats

At Watson's Hat Shop we offer the finest Panama and Monticristi hats.

News, Articles and Media

Magazine articles, restoration services, instructional videos and news. CLICK on an image to learn more....

eHow Videos

eHow Video: How to Clean a felt hat

Video:Hat Care

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Eric explains the processes he uses in his daily routine...


Arizona Highways Interview with Eric Watson

Interview:Arizona Highways magazine

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Cowboys and Indians Magazine Style Section

News Article:The Cave Creek Topper

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My Customers

Bob Boze Bell

Custom Western Panama Hat/Hat Band

Bob Boze Bell is an Arizonian and the owner/writer
of True West Magazine

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City and State:


  • Address 6140 E. Cave Creek Road

  • Suite 5

  • Cave Creek, AZ 85331

  • Hours Tues - Sat10:00 AM - 6:30 PM

  • Hours Sun & MonBy Appointment

  • Phone 602.419.6436

  • Email [email protected]