1. The Bows, Arrows, and Flint Knapping classes are held every winter at Roots School in Central Vermont. During the course of the nine days students build their own Osage Orange self bow, learn to make and use stones to create tools and projectile points, and create beautiful and functional primitive arrows. Traditional tools are used alongside chert and flint scrapers, students work bone arrow heads with all stone tools, make pitch glue for hafting, and work sinew and wild turkey feathers for fletching. Truly one of my favorite classes to teach and film.

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  2. The Roots School Bow Building course occurs every winter in Central Vermont. This course brings the student from a seasoned stave to a finished, hunting weight long bow. Although mostly workshop, a series of several short lectures are given to expand on subjects such as: wood selection and harvesting, bow design and performance, tillering, and instinctive shooting. The class covers primitive bow building on a conceptual level as well as each step in the technical process from peeling back the bark to twisting your own strings. We will also discuss the bow in the context of survival skills. This class is a tremendous experience whether you are a hunter looking to hunt with your own handmade tackle or a lover of archery and its long history looking for a new bow to enjoy and shoot.

    Shot on Nikon D7000 with 60 mm Nikkor, 35 mm Nikkor, Small HD DP 6, Jag 35 Follow Focus, Rode Shotgun
    Shot and Cut by Brad Salon

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  3. Every year in March Roots School runs the Primitive Arrow Making course in Central Vermont. Native people often spent more time perfecting their arrows than their bows. In the act of hunting it is the arrow that delivers the killing blow, and its quality and precision are of the utmost importance. Thus, the process of building primitive arrows is an intricate art that is often overlooked. In this course we cover shaft harvesting, preparation and straightening, pitch preparation, fletching and hafting. We discuss the dynamics of arrow flight as it relates to spine weight and bow poundage, as well as different types of projectile points; such as stone, bone, antler, and hardwood. Students leave with a fully primitive hunting quality arrow.

    Shot on Nikon D7000 with 60 mm Nikkor, 35 mm Nikkor, Small HD DP 6, Jag 35 Follow Focus, Rode Shotgun
    Shot and Cut by Brad Salon

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  4. The Willow Basketry Class at Roots School, in October 2011.

    A video I put together with the D7K for my school.

    In the basketry class students learn how to locate, harvest, propagate, and weave willow, an incredibly pliable and resilient material. This class focuses on waling, or three-strand twining, an ancient technique of weaving that creates a beautiful pattern and a very durable basket. We will also focus on two-strand twining, perhaps one of the earliest ways of turning a collection of twigs into a solid, multi-use vessel.

    Video by
    Brad Salon
    Music
    Aphex Twin

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  5. A short video I shot and edited about the Ancient Living Skills course at Roots School in Central Vermont. At this course students learn the materials and processes to create bone tools such as knives and awls, soap stone carving, advanced fiber technology, rawhide and willow pack baskets, birch bark plaiting, and more. This is also one of the courses in the Origins Program, a nine month long course in which students take one course a month and end with a week out in the Vermont wilds putting to use the tools and weapons they have made throughout the course. For more information about Roots School, Ancient Living Skills, or the Origins Program visit us at RootsVT.com

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Brad Salon

Roots School is a primitive survival school in Vermont. I am learning to show these amazing skills and understandings through the medium of video. Please let me know what you think or just enjoy watching people work the oldest skills in the world.

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Roots School is a primitive survival school in Vermont. I am learning to show these amazing skills and understandings through the medium of video. Please let me know what you think or just enjoy watching people work the oldest skills in the world.

To find out more about the school, check out RootsVT.com

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