Scott Wilson has an academic background in history and American Indian studies, but his breadth of knowledge comes from his love of learning and a broad-range of skills and life experiences. Throughout his life he has performed a variety of jobs including working for an outfitter guiding pack-trips in the mountains of Wyoming, serving Upper Sioux youth as a counselor in the schools and as a Dakota language immersion preschool teacher, selling motorcycles, being a stay-at-home dad, beekeeping, gardening, and most recently, receiving his Level I ETA certification in photovoltaics. In addition, he has served on the boards of Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) and the Milan Village Arts School. As a lover of the natural world, Scott has been a long-time critic of mainstream consumer society, always seeking ways to live with more integrity and authenticity. In addition to his relatively recent interest in natural building, his other long-term passions include motorcycle riding, playing guitar, wood-working, archery, hunting, hiking, and canoeing.
In 2009, Scott took his first wood-turning class and began using a power lathe. In 2011 he built his own spring-pole, foot-powered lathe and has been turning out hand-carved bowls since then. When he is not turning bowls, he is likely strumming a flamenco melody on his guitar or carving spoons or knives out of bits of wood.
Scott has been a dedicated husband and father. Waziyatawin was his partner for 28 years and they raised three children together.