Morecambe and Wize

10. February 2017 Leather 0
Morecambe and Wize
High Class VW Campervan Restorers – wow! I love the VW campervan, especially the T1 and T2, so imagine how chuffed I was to be contacted by Mark Ritson, the director of Morecambe and Wize – Classic Vw Campervan Builders. They find old, battered, rusty, knackered vans and restore them to a level that is outstanding. They’re the ...

Rub in that Dubbin!

26. October 2016 Leather 0
Rub in that Dubbin!
This guide will explain how to get a great finish on your leather. Plus I’m including a secret recipe for my Morgan Leather Balm! If you don’t have all the ingredients then you can buy a tin of the golden stuff direct from me www.morganleather.co.uk/morgan-leather-balm.html The Recipe You’ll need: 1 part Linseed Oil 1 part Neatsfoot Oil 1 part ...

New Version Billhook Sheath

24. October 2016 Leather 0
New Version Billhook Sheath
I’m always looking at how my designs could be improved. Checkout my latest billhook sheath design… Copper Protector The first major new development is the use of copper to protect the edge of the leather when inserting extremely sharp billhooks. The soft copper won’t dull the blade and gives it a very satisfying sounds as ...

A Visit to Baker’s Oak Bark Tannery

25. September 2016 Leather 0
A Visit to Baker’s Oak Bark Tannery
In August I was lucky enough to visit Britain’s last oak-bark tannery. They produce top quality leather from Devon’s finest cows using the ancient technique of soaking the hides in oak bark and water. And the great thing is, I peel oak bark with the Coppice Association NW and then sell it to the tannery. So ...

New Mini Wallet Design

16. July 2016 Leather 0
New Mini Wallet Design
I’ve been working on a new mini wallet that slips easily into any pocket and is big enough for credit cards, business cards and paper money. This one I made from some old leather I’d previously made a failed project with. The weathered look is really appealing, so I looked for some other scraps/secondhand pieces, ...

The World’s First Bodger Morgan Mailout!

The World’s First Bodger Morgan Mailout!
I’m creating a mailing list so I can occasionally send out news and offers about my leather, willow and greenwood work.  I’m inviting you to subscribe! If you subscribe you’ll be entered into a free prize draw! 1st Prize: A solid, handmade belt. 2nd Prize: A leather notebook. 3rd Prize: £10 discount on anything in my shop ...

Leather Sheaths with the Co-op and BHMAT

19. June 2016 Leather, Wood 0
Leather Sheaths with the Co-op and BHMAT
Learn how to make hard wearing sheaths for your woodworking tools by coming on one of my courses. Last week I ran a two day course with six BHMAT apprentices at the Coppice Co-op‘s wood yard. They did an amazing job making 4 billhook sheaths, 2 chisel sheaths, 3 belts, 1 timber tongue sheath and a double-headed ...

Leather Tool Sheath Course

18. May 2016 Leather 0
Leather Tool Sheath Course
Last weekend I had the pleasure of running a tool sheath making course in the beautiful woodlands of South Cumbria. Why outside and why in the woods? The course was hosted by the Coppice Association North West as a collection of coppicing-related subjects, called Weekend in the Woods. My students made sheaths for their billhooks, axes, ...

Taking the Bark back to the Bark House

07. May 2016 Leather 2
Taking the Bark back to the Bark House
Bark House is a very old, one-room stone building owned by the National Trust. It’s set near Ashness Bridge – an iconic place where tourists come to take photos. Bark House was originally used to store oak bark before it was sent to the Keswick tannery. But no longer, as tanneries across the country have ...

Back Yard Micro Tannery

Back Yard Micro Tannery
A few months ago I started experimenting with tanning deerskin using oak bark. Here’s what I’ve done so far… NB – This post is not for my squeamish, faint-hearted or vegans friends!   The Skin and Defleshing   Liming Once the inside of the skin (flesh side) has been scraped this then gets put in a bucket ...