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Valentine’s Day Ideas

January 27, 2023

With Valentine’s Day approaching, David Morgan has you covered. We have a wide selection of heart-shaped jewelry. Whether you want silver, bronze or even something totally unique, you can find it here.

The Hummingbird Heart bronze jewelry is made by Cavin Richie. Cavin Richie grew up in Colorado surrounded by the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains. He moved to Washington State in 1970 and has lived near the sea ever since. Cavin’s designs are a reflection of his surroundings. His line includes birds, mammals and amphibians, all accurately detailed. For the past thirty years he has carved with shed elk antler and woolly mammoth ivory. These carvings became the basis for his lost wax casting jewelry.

“Carving,” says Cavin “is like touching antiquity. I feel a kinship with a long lineage of carvers dating back to the Pleistocene.”

Hummingbird Heart Necklace by Cavin Richie
Hummingbird Heart Earrings, Red Throat

Heathergems are handmade from the stems of heather, a common Scottish plant renowned for its purple bloom. The heather used is too old to provide any nutrition for wildlife and is pulled in a manner which promotes the growth of new heather.

The stems are dried, shotblasted to remove the bark and dyed various colors using natural dyes. Stems of different colors are then mixed together and compressed into a block. Eighty tons of pressure is required to press the block of stems together. The block is then cut into slices and individual pieces are cut, shaped and filed by skilled craftworkers before being lacquered to give the final finish. The Heathergem jewelry we offer are set into sterling silver fittings. Each piece comes gift boxed, with a card explaining the process used to create Heathergems.

Heathergem Heart Earrings

Heathergem Heart Pendant

David Morgan Open on Saturday through Christmas Eve

November 15, 2022

We are happy to announce that our David Morgan store is now open on Saturdays through Christmas Eve. Our hours are 9 to 5. For many people, weekends are the only free time to go shopping, so stop by and have a look around. As we are in an office park, there is no problem with parking. We have an impressive selection of jewelry and hats. Shopping for a hat is much better when you have an opportunity to try on several sizes.

As an added bonus, we are situated along North Creek, with several miles of hiking. You can make it a day of shopping and hiking.

New Jewelry by BOMA

September 23, 2022

We have four additional jewelry items by BOMA. Both the Orca and the Raven Clamshell pendants are designed by Bill Helin and the two Octopus pieces are designed by Andrew Williams.

Bill Helin is a Tsimshian native artist and enjoys a very rewarding career as a creative gold engraver, painter, woodcarver, and book illustrator. His ancestry is from the Gits’iis tribe in the village of Lax Kw’alaams, British Columbia.

This pendant shows Raven perched on a clamshell with humanity inside.

Orcas, or Killer Whales, are a common motif in the art of the Northwest Coast peoples.

Born in 1964 in Haida Gwaii, Andrew Williams is a carver and graphic designer. He is part of the Raven clan in the Old Masset on Haida Gwaii. His work is a blend of traditional and contemporary art and shows his passion for his Haida Ancestry and the “old stories”.

The octopus is considered auspicious and a symbol of great wealth amongst the Northwest Coast peoples.

Trucker Suspenders with Leather Ends

August 26, 2022

Our popular Trucker Suspenders, which we have sold for many decades, are now available with leather ends. These suspenders are popular for anyone who doesn’t like the feeling of fasteners in the back. If you find yourself sitting for long periods of time, these suspenders might be right for you. The suspenders fasten in the front and wrap around at the upper back, leaving your belt line free from discomfort. We’ve also added several colors. Our line-up includes Red, Black, Green, Tan, Navy and Gray. Made by Welch, in Hillsboro, Oregon, USA.

Trucker Suspenders, Leather Ends (davidmorgan.com)

The Importance of a Brim Brush

September 21, 2021

Why do you need a brim brush?

If you wear a hat, you’ll find that over time, the fur felt will attract dust and dirt from general wear. This will make your hat look dingy. The dirt and dust will get into the nap of the hat and give it a flat look.

Continuous use of a brim brush will work to keep the felt clean. It will also lift the nap to give it a brighter look. It’s important to use a brush with stiff bristles. However, too tough of a brush will cause abrasion. We recommend a horsehair brush that is stiff enough to lift the nap.

When brushing a hat, brush in a counter-clockwise direction. That will lift the nap while removing the dirt. People often rest it on their thigh, opposite of the hand with the brush. Work on the crown, then on the brim. Don’t forget to turn the hat over and brush the underside of the brim.

A good brush should be found in any hat store. Ours are available here.

Conner Hats

July 9, 2021

We’ve carried a couple of Conner hats over the years, and working with them has been a pleasure. Headed by Will Conner, it is a continuation of the legacy of his father Bill’s business, BC Hats.

Will’s travels as a young man gave him an appreciation for how humans affect the world. Will makes it company policy to tread lightly and consider the wider outcome of business decisions. “I believe we can make a positive change,” Will says. “Thoughtful actions can improve the health of business while reducing negative impact on cultures and ecosystems alike. Our goal is to promote long-term thinking and to really consider future generations with every product we create and every decision we make as a brand.”

The wool used in Conner Hats is cruelty free. Recycled and organic materials are used wherever possible. both in the hats and in the packaging. We carried BC Hats for many years, up until Bill’s retirement during the pandemic, and are now pleased to offer these Conner Hats.

Because of our success with Conner Hats, we’ve decided to add a few more to our selection.

Airflo Recycled Lightweight Hat, Sand
Murchison River Hat
Bird and Feather Wool Felt Hat, Plum

It’s Time for a Hike

March 26, 2021

With spring officially here, many of us are getting out to enjoy the outdoors. Even in places where there is still snow, the temperature is rising and there are more warmer days than there are cold days. So if you happen to be out, we have a few items you might be interested in.

Murchison River Hat

This crushable hat by Conner Hats is made from a weathered fabric of cotton and polyester, giving the hat a leather-like look and feel, as well as making it water resistant. It also floats. The brim is bound. A cotton stampede string wraps through two grommeted holes in the brim and adjusts with a toggle. Large screened and grommeted air vents in the crown provide ventilation.

Super Wool Hiker GX Socks

This is an all-season Merino wool hiking sock, and a reliable general purpose sock. It is a technical sock, fully designed to keep your feet comfortable – the right yarn in the right place, with the right knit. The sock is 74% Superwash Merino wool, 20% nylon and 6% spandex. The inside of the sock is 100% soft long-staple Merino wool, the very best for comfort.

3 Eagles Bear Bell

Bears dislike surprises. Let this bear bell give notice that you’re in the neighborhood. The fabric band is printed with Corinne Hunt’s Three Eagles design and has one attached metal bell. A Velcro tab allows for easy fastening around your wrist or belt. There is also a ⅞ inch loop at the end for easy attachment to a pack.

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J.B.Field’s Socks

It’s Panama Season

March 5, 2021

Although it’s early March, we’re already seeing an uptick in sales for our Panama hats. Most of our sales are coming from the Southern US, but we’ve got customers from all over the country. A straw hat is perfect for spring and summer weather.

Our straw hats are made with toquilla fiber, which has always been the traditional straw for making these hats. Toquilla fiber can be woven into varying densities. The denser the weave, the more flexible the hat. Our hats are in the intermediate range and can not be rolled. These panamas are also treated with a teflon coating that will make them water resistant. If you wear them in the rain, however, you can ruin your hat, so get out of the rain as soon as possible! The hats come with a cotton sweatband.

Panama Fedora
Darwin Panama

If you prefer to have a leather sweatband, you could try one of our Akubra hemp hats. The fiber is stiffer and the are a little heavier than our Panamas. They also have the advantage of fitted sizes.

Balmoral Hemp Hat by Akubra

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David Morgan Straw Hats

Take a Look at a Musk Ox Farm

January 8, 2021

Nestled in the Matanuska Valley just north of Palmer, Alaska, you’ll find a sprawling, 75-acre Musk Ox Farm – a project steeped in uniqueness and intrigue. A nonprofit organization, it was founded in the 1950s by John Teal Jr., an anthropologist and arctic explorer. Teal’s vision to domesticate musk oxen within the regions they were indigenous was not only an attempt to demonstrate that farming a geographically appropriate animal was a more sustainable agricultural practice, but could also boost local economies by providing Alaskan artisans the materials necessary to make knitted goods through harvesting the animals’ [qiviut] underwool.

 

 

The qiviut we offer here is handknitted into scarves and caps by the Eskimo women of the Oomingmak Musk Ox Producers’ Co-operative in Alaska.

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Qiviut Headwear

 

 

Fall and Winter Favorites

November 13, 2020

We have added two items this year that will bring you warmth for this fall and winter.

The lambswool scarf is woven in a number of traditional Scottish tartans. The scarf is 10 inches wide by 70 inches in length with a three inch fringe at each end. It is made of 100% Merino lambswool.

lambswool scarves

Lambswool Scarves

 

The scarf is made in Yorkshire, by the Highland Tweeds Mill that was established in 1837. At its height in the 19th Century Yorkshire was the world’s leading manufacturer of woolen textiles, helped by the secret ingredient of soft Pennine water. The invention of synthetic yarn in the 20th Century led to a decline in the woolen industry and only the mills supplying the highest quality woolen cloth have survived.

The Highland Tweeds Mill is one of Great Britain’s last remaining vertical woolen mills. Each floor contains a separate part of the manufacturing process, allowing quality control of every stage of production, from raw wool to finished product. This includes dyeing, blending, carding, spinning, warping, weaving and finishing.

The next item is our Dash Fingerless Mittens. These Fingerless Mittens, like our Fingerless Gloves, are designed to keep your fingers available for working while keeping the rest of your hands toasty warm. 40% possum fur, 50% Merino wool and 10% nylon. One size fits most.

Dash Fingerless Mittens