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The Hame Maker

Hand Made Industries, Compilation No.3

Punching rivet holesBackground

Hames are a vital part of a working horse's harness and in these days of robot assembly lines, the process of making a "Show" hame by hand from a flat sheet of brass is a fascinating demonstration of the metal working skills that made the English Midlands famous as the Workshop of the World.

The hame takes shape

Recorded at Walsall Lock & Cart Gear Ltd. in 1986, (at the time one of the earliest worker's co-operative firms) just before closure after 113 years of trading. We follow Tom Evans, the last hame maker in Britain, making a pair of 'show hames'.

Produced in association with the Black Country Museum and Walsall Leather Centre.

A finished hame on a horses collar

Please note - this compilation has been discontinued, because most of the content now appears in the fully edited DVD "Hand Made Hames".

The completed hame


  • NGR: SP 003 987.
  • Recorded January 1986.

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