I love stone tools, and what started with an obsession with making pretty arrows heads has turned into a life long journey to understand how to make and use effective tools that can be used to meet my wilderness living needs.
The program then strings together a series of Roots Classes, one a month:
- A handmade wooden bow as heavy in draw as they can shoot well.
- Flint Knapped knives, scrapers, drills, saws and more.
- Bone knives, arrowheads, and awls.
- A collection of small game arrows and quiver.
- Gourd canteen and bark kettle.
- Soap stone cooking vessel or oil lamp.
- Pecked and Ground Adzes or Axes from Green Stone or local basalt.
- Rawhide and willow pack baskets.
- Advanced natural cordage.
- A drop spindle.
- A tanned pelt.
- A hand felted blanket or article of clothing.
- A grass sleeping pad.
- A friction fire kit.
- And of course odds and ends too multiple to list.
In the time between each class students will be given assignments to complete before the next class focused on building skills in application, and on naturalist studies that pertain to species important to our work.
"Completing the Origins Program through the Roots School was easily my greatest professional development experience to date. Having studied as an architect and builder with strong interests in the origins of tool development and technology, Roots was able to provide me with invaluable hands-on immersion that allowed me to test notions of theory into practice.
I am also an educator and have been able to adapt these experiences and know-how successfully, and with positive outcomes, in the classroom. In a world of ever growing specialization these skills help me to stand out among my colleagues, and further have helped to develop my own voice and interests as a designer. Since taking the program I have advanced in my position at the workplace, due in no small part to the confidence I gained at Roots developing applied traditional skills and re-imagining them to my contemporary context.
The outdoor element of the Roots programming also helped develop in me a great awareness and sensitivity to the natural world that I have fortunately been able to apply through the lens of environmentalism and in a practical way by co-leading outdoor trips with my own students - - an aspect of education that I have only now been able to access. I highly recommend the Roots programs and instructors to anyone with interest in traditional skills, outdoor leadership, survival training, herbalism, and safe wild edible harvesting."
Grants: Qualifying Vermont residents may apply for Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, (VSAC) non-degree grants. Be aware that VSAC begins its funding cycle in June and January of each year and awards grants on a first-come-first-serve basis while funds last. Please apply early! Students who apply for VSAC grants are asked to submit $500.00 non-refundable deposit with your registration form. When the grant is issued at the start of the program, we will refund whatever amount of your deposit is in excess of the tuition. VSAC application forms may be obtained from Vermont Student Assistance Corporation: 1-800-882-4166 or write P.O. Box 2000, Champlain Mill, Winooski, VT 05404-2601.