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Hand Made Hames

Metal Working & Horse Harnesses, DVD Production

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Recorded at Walsall Lock and Cart Gear Ltd., one of the earliest worker's co-operative firms, this production follows Tom Evans, the last hame maker in Britain, making a pair of "show hames".

Hames are a vital part of a horse's harness, transferring the load from the traces to the collar.

Checking the straightness. To make these intricately curved pieces of brass from a flat sheet is a fascinating demonstration of the metal working skills that made the Midlands famous as the Workshop of the World.


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

The finished hame


  • Narrated by Andy Rutter.
  • NGR: (139) SP 003 987
  • £13.45 - DVD
  • Running time: 19½ mins.
  • Price includes worldwide delivery.
  • ' PAL' and 'NTSC' versions available.

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