JAMES Edwards, youngest son of owners Frank and Susan, has taken over the reins at Acorn Saddlery South Molton.
Frank and Susan started the business in 1985 and the change will enable them to have more time for developing new saddle and leather accessory designs.
After leaving further education, James trained as an electrical engineer before specialising in fire defence systems for the MoD. Having grown up in the business, he can see there is room for modernisation and has decided to have a career change to help the saddlery move forward.
The ancient craft of saddlery runs in his veins, as his mother's great grandfather, William Bell, was a saddler and harness maker based in Cambridge and both his parents are master saddlers. The business has more than 150 years of experience and knowledge for James to draw on.
James will bring his fresh approach and understanding of modern technology to the business, increasing its presence on the internet and using social networking sites for promotion to bring Acorn Saddlery into the 21st century.
He also plans to meet the public at shows and events throughout the year.
James is looking forward to demonstrating and explaining the production methods involved when creating quality handmade leather goods, which are manufactured in the workshops in South Molton.