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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.

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About Me

I’m wearing many layers on a cold winter’s evening at a Christmas fair in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria.

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

The Leather

I currently work with 3 different leathers:

  • Veg tanned cowhide,
  • Oak tanned cowhide (russet),
  • Stallion.

Here’s a description of each.


Veg Tanned Cowhide

Tanned using cowhide from Scotland and various leaves and barks. The tannery is based in Derbyshire.

I use this leather the most as it is very versatile and comes in various thickness, from solid 5mm (used for billhook sheaths) to flexible 2mm (used for gadget cases, etc).

I can either dye this leather or leave it natural. Here are the choices:

Natural – just oiled and waxed
Dark Brown
Dark Green
Dark Oxblood Red
Black

Oak Tanned Cowhide – Russet

Tanned using cowhide from Devon and oak bark from Wales and the Northwest of England. The tannery is based in Devon. I visited it in the summer of 2016. Read my blog about it.

I dye this leather with the same dyes as for the standard Veg Tanned Cowhide (above), however the colours tend to come out slightly darker. The oak bark tanning process gives it a tougher feel yet is still flexible and ages beautifully. As this tanning process takes longer the leather is a little more expensive.


 Stallion

Tanned using stallion hides from England and various leaves and barks. The tannery is based in Derbyshire.

The stallion leather I receive comes in small sections, as they are off-cuts taken from the full hide. The tannery sends the large pieces to high-end shoe manufacturers for an unbelievably high price. The off-cuts that I receive are cheaper yet still retain the amazing quality of this tough leather. It is smooth and flexible and very durable. Because I can only buy small sections (roughly 2 square feet) I am limited with the size of project I can make from it.

I don’t usually dye this leather as it has a lovely colour when just oiled.

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Christmas Fairs

I had a great season of fairs on the run up to Christmas with loads of new orders. Thanks to everyone who called by and said hello. And an even bigger thanks to those that cane and bought things! Lancaster Market Brantwood Winter Craft Fair Kirkby Lonsdale Market Kendal Christmas Market