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.
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.
Please note - this compilation has been discontinued, because most of the content now appears in the fully edited DVD "Hand Made Hames".
The images on this page are taken from the video.