Those who know Brad Stave will tell you that he has always worked with wood in some form or another. 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. Brad designed and created furniture, wall hangings,
table’s sculptures and other items in forms he liked best, and was so successful in his endeavors that by age 18, his
works were displayed in a local art show featuring young artists.
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 &
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 husbands 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
By 2006 Brad was ready to get back home, the Pacific Northwest , so Gig Harbor is now home and let the chips fly !!
Brad Stave: This lidded box is a project I use to teach beginners how to turn. It gives the beginner the
chance to experience multiple techniques and with practice, it gets easier and does not require a big
investment in tools or a large lathe . Contact me to find out how! My fee is $20.00 an hour and based on
past experience the project takes 3-5 hours.
Milk Paint – What is it
Several years ago I took a Class at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. The class was a
week long and team taught by Michael Hosaluk and Kim Kelzer, Mike a world renowned wood Turner and Kim a world
renowned Wood Artist/Furniture maker. Kim specialized in painting her work and used Milk Paint. The idea of the class
was to turn a piece.. but it could not leave the shop unless you painted it some how . After spending that week in
Gatlinburg I have been a big user of Milk Paint and have enjoyed discovering the history of the paint .
Note: Michael Hosaluk wrote a book on the history of painting and decorating wood , it was published by Guild
publishing and the title is “Scratching the Surface “
Here is an excerpt from a history of Milk Paint and you can find a complete history on the web Page ‘Milkpaint.com’
“Paint has been used by mankind since before recorded history, first as decoration, and much later as a protective
coating. The oldest painted surfaces on earth were colored with a form of milk paint. Cave drawings and paintings
made 8,000 years ago, even as old as 20,000 years ago, were made with a simple composition of milk, lime, and
earth pigments. When King Tutankhamen's tomb was opened in 1924, artifacts including models of boats, people,
and furniture found inside the burial chamber had been painted with milk paint.
Because the original formula for milk paint was so simple to make and use, it was for thousands of years a major
form of decoration throughout the world. Over time, and in various places, different recipes, including milk protein
(casein), lime, and pigments.”
As you can see Milk Paint has been around for a long time and there has been a resurgence of its use in the
craft world. It is a very safe paint and as it is stated on the Milkpaint.com web page” it is also completely
biodegradable, with no VOCS, HAPs or EPA-exempt solvents added. We've found a safe way to reproduce
the old look and make milk paint the old-fashioned way. Yes, it will spoil, just like whole milk, but it’s also as safe
as drinking whole milk. (Not that you'd want to, of course.)”
So there you have it .. Thanks Brad