Les rediscovered woodturning shortly after his 60th birthday, having dabbled with it 30 years earlier, but then producing only basic, utilitarian pieces. It was during this return to the lathe that Les discovered an innate ability to produce artistic forms, some of which could still be utilitarian, but also those that were purely aesthetic.
Such was his success with his new-found skills that, despite being self-taught, in his first year he received accolades from both national and international associations of woodturners, with his work being featured within both UK and American forum-galleries.
Whilst he occasionally works with exotic timbers, Les prefers to use home grown, and especially storm-damaged material. He strives to find an aesthetically pleasing line in his work and loves to tell the story of each piece that he makes.