Brad was lucky enough to get into woodworking at a young age. At school art and woodwork were the only subjects he approached with any enthusiasm. At 16 he had his first lathe and not long after left school to do an apprenticeship as an engineering patternmaker for a company that made mining equipment. It was an exacting trade that warranted thinking inside out upside down and back to front in order to make the patterns that would be then molded in sand removed from the mold into which molten metal would be poured to get the metal castings. During this time he went to the night classes at Asquith high school that were run by the legendary Les Miller where he learned woodturning tecniques different to those used in patternmaking. This was more enjoyable than the trade work rather you could just think of something and make it in a serendipitous sort of way and enjoy the colours and grains of the timber being used.
After 5 years in that job he had saved some enough money and spent a year travelling Australia with Tasmania the last stop. There was something about the beauty and wildness of the countryside not to mention the abundance of fantastic timbers that appealed to him. He now has a workshop/studio next to his house south of Hobart in a picturesque bush setting where he can make a bit of noise and not annoy anyone.
In 1995 he enrolled in the Tasmanian Universities School of Art to do the Furniture Design course.A great course with a well equipped workshop and very skilled technicians.There was something about the design process however that he found a bit stifling how one was expected to do initial sketches then a scale model then a life size mock up then the final piece after much discussion and critique. Sculpture as a subject seemed to suit him better as it seemed to be a much more freer way of creating. The non functional aspect of sculpture was something that was new to him.and he eventually majored in the medium.