Big crafting projects are important on our courses at Jack Mountain and School Of The Forest. Not only do students get to make a completely functional piece of kit that they’ll actively use during the course, but they start to understand something about what it means to live an outdoor life.
On a recent semester, I was approached by a frustrated student about the time it was taking to finish filing excess material off of a
Whether it’s making a canoe paddle or tillering a bow, a lot of crafting projects take time and attention to detail, and can sometimes feel monotonous. This is a reality of a lot of projects we do, and personally, I think that learning the craft itself is only half as valuable as learning the meta-skills of patience and mental endurance.
The modern world habituates us to instant gratification. In a setting like the north
If students take something away from our courses bigger than the technical skills we teach, I hope the “slow burn” approach I’m talking about is it. No matter what our students end up pursuing, having the mental grit to keep working away at something is a hard thing to learn, but once you have it, it sets you apart in all