Weatherford is known for a lot of things, including great peaches and great people.
And now, for having one very special cowboy hat, thanks to Dan McIntosh.
Recently, Rep. Marsha Farney, R- Georgetown, introduced House Concurrent Resolution No. 78, also known as State Hat – Cowboy Hat. Once passed, it made the cowboy hat the official hat of Texas.
Capitalizing on the moment, McIntosh, owner of Warbonnet Hat Works in Weatherford, presented Farney with her very own custom-made 100X (100 percent beaver) cowboy hat outside the doors of the House of Representatives floor in the state capital.
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"It wouldn’t be right for the person who introduced the bill to make the cowboy hat the state hat of Texas to not own one," McIntosh said.
The hat is black cherry in color with a red satin liner. It has "State Representative Marsha Farner – R" and the state seal stamped into the sweatband.
Farney immediately took the hat onto the house floor and showed it off to the other state representative, along with introducing McIntosh.
"It was the perfect scenario," McIntosh said. "A Texas lawmaker, a Texas hatter, and a Texas-made hat."
It was also the greatest moment in the short history of Warbonnet Hat Works, a company started by McIntosh in 2014. Only 32, he started making hats a year before, and has since come a long way in a short time.
Working out of a shop, he makes custom felt hats that include between 10 percent and 100 percent beaver. He also makes traditional cowboy hats, along with fashion/fedora-type hats, which he says are very popular with women.
Though he likely still has a lot of life left, McIntosh said the presentation to Farney, will rank among his greatest moments.
"It was an honor to make this hat for a state representative, and it was one of the finest moments to be there while the bill was passed and be introduced," he said.
"But every hat I make is just as special as the next."
He makes every hat by hand. He’s made hats for constables, friends, family, and total strangers, and each one is unique to that person’s personality and style.
"That’s what I love about what I do, I get the chance to meet some interesting people," he said.
McIntosh got the idea for making Farney’s hat after reading a newspaper article about the bill being presented.
"I thought it would be great if my company could be a part of it," he said. "I emailed her office and introduced myself and told them I would be honored if I could make a hat as a gift, and I got an auto-generated response back, so I figured that was that."
"A couple days later, David Glen, a staff member from her office, called me and said that she would love to have a custom made hat but had no idea where to start or what was involved. And they also informed me that it could not be a gift and she would love to pay for it.
"So they scheduled me to come down to Austin to the state capital to take her order and get her measurements,” McIntosh said. “They were so excited to have me down there and they treated me like family while I was there, giving me the grand tour of the state capitol and taking me to lunch."
When he returned in May, McIntosh brought his family with him, wife Brooklyn and 2-year-old daughter Lyla Pearl. They all received the same royal treatment as the representatives were also quite amazed with his work.
"The [representatives] were totally amazed with the entire hat making process,” he said. “I had sent pictures, step-by-step from start to finish, and they were able to see and feel the hat."
While he loves making hats, McIntosh stays busy with a variety of projects. He’s also played a big role in the growth of the Parker County Livestock Improvement Association, and his favorite charity is the Wounded Warrior Project.
As for Warbonnet Hat Works, McIntosh sees growth in the future.
"I am in the process of growing this business and I am working hard to promote it so I can do it full-time and have a store front," he said.
The public might like that also. After all, who wouldn’t want to meet the man who created the first official Cowboy Hat of Texas?