MiCasa Pottery is featuring woodwork by Ronald Bassett in August. Visit MiCasa Pottery on Gallery Nights, August 7th from 6-9 pm.
Ronald Bassett, born and raised in Kokomo, IN, majored in mechanical engineering at Tri State University. He worked in the telecommunications industry for 28 years and retired in 1997. Throughout those years there were annual ski vacations to the mountains. In 1998, along with wife Marian, they relocated to Whitefish, Montana. Ron pursued skiing full-time in the winter, being an Ambassador on Big Mountain then transitioned to Ski Instructor at Whitefish Mountain Resort where he still teaches. For several years he was an EMT with Three Rivers EMS and then a firefighter at Glacier International Airport for 8 years, retiring in 2012.
About 10 years ago he was working on restoring a Dodge Power Wagon and needed a special tool. Always a problem solver, he turned what he needed. This led to more wood turning. He discovered the Glacier Woodturners, a local club that teaches others to turn. Soon there were bowls, vases, candle holders and more. His focus is on using local wood. Ron is also a member of the American Association of Woodturners, a national organization. He has attended a variety of seminars throughout the state to learn more of his craft.