Welcome

Natural
Leather is one of the oldest materials used – maybe that’s why we all love its smell!

Handmade
Uniquely yours and made to last. My creations will age beautifully with you.

British
Tanned in Britain using respected and time-tested techniques.


‘This notebook cover is a Work of Art. It was hand made from selected English leather, and finished according to my preference. After a week, it is just beginning to darken and show signs of use, almost imperceptibly. As Tony says, this will continue for years, indeed decades. It has that natural smell of vegetable tanned leather, reminiscent of a Bentley on a summer’s day, while you pour cold champagne for pretty girls in dresses, seamed nylons and complicated hats, watching your old school thrash the enemy at cricket. Use this everywhere. In the desert, at sea, on planes, at your daughter’s graduation, a wake. If you stain it with sea water, claret, the sweat from your brow, yak juice, sushi, tears or champagne, that’s part of the story, as written therein. Do buy one for *your* journey.’

This review was posted on Etsy by one of my customers after he bought a leather notebook cover.


 

About Me

Morgan Leather is owned and run by me, Tony Morgan.

I’ve been hand-stitching tool sheaths since 2009 using traditional techniques and now produce a varied selection of leather goods.

The leather mostly comes from cowhides, deer skins and stallion leather that is grown and tanned in Britain, The brass and nickel-plated fittings are mostly cast in the Midlands of England.

I believe very strongly in using as little energy as possible to produce my items and care about the health of our planet, therefore everything is done by hand using materials sourced as locally as possible. I try to keep my designs simple, functional and beautiful with the main aim to make them last a lifetime.

I live with my wife and son in the North West of England.


Morgan Leather Oak Leaf logoThe Oak Leaf logo (designed by a good friend and artist, Jess) represents the leaves and barks used to tan the animal hides that become leather. Some leather I use from Devon is tanned only using oak bark, harvested from Wales and the North West of England. I’ve spent many hours over the years harvesting this oak bark from trees in coppice rotation in South Lakeland, Cumbria, England. This bark was then sold to the Devon tannery and used to tan leather I use. I love the cyclic nature of this!


You may notice that some of my work is stamped with the bM logo. This comes from my days when I worked solely with British hardwood as a “bodger” (someone who turns wood on a foot-powered lathe). In this woody world I’m known as “bodger Morgan”. Gradually, over the years, I morphed more into a leather worker, initially just making tool sheaths, and kept using the bM logo. In 2016 I began doing my leather work under the name of “Morgan Leather”, with a new oak leaf logo…

I still work with wood and willow as Bodger Morgan – more can be found here: www.bodgermorgan.co.uk