Cassé (French for “broken) by Brad Stave
As a lifelong woodworker, I have been both intrigued and inspired by Violin makers. When given this opportunity I was more curious about what the inside of a completed Violin looked like . . . so I started cutting it apart and maybe it became inspiration to put in back together. Whatever the case, it was a very wonderful and exciting experience.
Brad Stave, Heartwood Fine Wood Working
Brad began working with wood at the age of 5 when he received his first toolbox. “There hasn’t been a time that I can remember, where wood has not been a significant part of my life,” recalls Brad.
After graduating from college, Brad remained true to his heart. He realized that working with wood was not enough. He wanted to share his love for wood through teaching; and it has rewarded him with many enriching experiences. Brad taught Graphic Arts in Mukilteo, WA and then moved to Wyoming, where he taught woodworking to Arapaho and Shoshone Native American Children (grades 3-8).
Then in 1985, Brad moved to California. There he started a new job, and became a father of a newly born daughter. Sensing her husband’s need to find some avenue to work with wood, Brad’s wife Silvia bought him a wood lathe. And from that point on, Brad knew he had found his niche. Brad says, “Of all the creative endeavors I have pursued, wood turning has been the most rewarding, it is the pursuit of my heart.”
By 2006 Brad was ready to get back home , the Pacific Northwest , so Gig Harbor is now home and let the chips fly !!