Director Spencer 'two dogs' grew up on a North Carolina farm and developed a love for the outdoors at an early age - following 10 generations of backwoods Bolejacks before him. After his youth as a tiger cub, cub scout, webelo, and Boy Scout, he spent his high school years (A.C. Reynolds) gaining an appreciation for the native American approach to survival and primitive living. His first professional guide job in 1993 started the LOTSWild vision. Part Cherokee, Spencer honors this tradition by hosting guest teachers in language, lore, crafts and skills native to our area.
An apprentice of the renowned Eustace Conway in 1998/99 on Living Appalachian folk skills, Spencer has studied with and worked for the Turtle Island director over the past 15 years. Putting what he learned to the test he removed himself from civilization living almost three years without modern convenience deep in Appalachian wilderness. He has also enjoyed primitive living in the Carribean bush learning with Rastas and roots teachers of the islands.
An NCDPI licensed educator and NC Teaching Fellow (History, Social Studies grades 6-12), Spencer holds instructor rankings in Korean Tang Soo Do (SMAA), Budo Taijutsu (Bujinkan), and continues these as well as Integrated Martial Arts with grandmaster Brian Adams. His 22 years of training has covered many styles and perspectives. Bolejack has taught classes at Appalachian State, Warren Wilson College, UNC-A, Black Mountain, Arden, and area private schools. He choreographed the award winning Golden Blade series (movie) and specializes in several unusual studies including knife throwing and forging. He does his best to offer classes that are engaging, thoughtful, and geared toward a variety of learning types/levels.
Bolejack is a Combat Engineer USAR veteran, has been published in the professional education Best Practices curriculum showcase, received state-wide awards from Veterans of Foreign Wars for his teaching, and has been given numerous other accolades from various organizations including the Asheville Citizen-Times Hometown Hero nomination. An alumnus of Appalachian State and UNC-A, Bolejack taught middle school for four years in Buncombe County.
Spencer likes to use one of his best resources; his teachers and friends! Whenever possible we bring in guests from a variety of backgrounds who are experts in their fields of study. These have included beekepers, blacksmiths, craftsmen, bushfolk, trackers, and fellow martial artists. See STAFF.
Recently, Bolejack co-hosted the first survival/reality-style TV show filmed in 3D, a joint venture of Discovery, Sony, and IMAX theaters for 3net and Superfine Films. In spite of the name, or perhaps because of it, Hillbilly Blood is the highest rated show in the history of 3D programming and had 3.2 million viewers on Destination America, the highest one-time count in that network's history.
|belt testing, Warren Wilson College 2002|