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.
The 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