Les Thorne is a professional production turner from Hampshire. Having worked in and around timber all his life the progression from sawmilling in to woodturning in the late 1990’s was a natural one. Initially specialising in batch turning his work has now diversified into teaching, writing and demonstrating both home and abroad. Texturing and colouring has increasingly been appearing more and more in his current work, this is partly due to naturally beautiful timbers being more difficult to obtain with the cost becoming prohibitive. The other reason he states is that it is just a lot of fun and anyone who meets Les will testify to the fact that he just loves turning and helping other people attain there dreams. Les was awarded the Worshipful Company of Turners bursary award in 2007 which enabled him to spend more time some other innovative turners in the UK which has seen his work develop even further.