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To make Wilderness Sand paper take wet sand, put in on a piece of leather, and use as you would conventional sand paper

Our School


We are located in NE Ohio (10 miles south of Cleveland, Ohio).  Most classes are taught there however some are taught in surrounding states or across the country depending on the class. 

Tom Laskowski started Midwest Native Skills Institute Inc. in 1997 to provide a place for people to learn nearly lost art skills with small class sizes and individual instruction. He wanted to teach comprehensive wilderness survival/self-reliance, at affordable prices.  All of our classes have hands-on instruction and we limit most classes to 15 people or less to help insure that people who attend our courses leave being competent with the skills they came to learn.

A safe, fun, educational, and quality experience is our priority.  All classes at MNSI are taught by Tom and qualified, trained instructors.



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Primitive Fire-making Challenge

October 1 - 26
with a Facebook short video 

Deadline extended to Oct 26!
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Find out more about our classes:
View the Short Video
(at top)
to insure MNSI is a good fit for what your looking for

Take a look at the short video at the top of this page to meet Tom, (one of your instructors, and founder of the school) who will tell you a little more about the school and our classes.  It will give you a chance to make sure we are a good fit for what you're looking for.

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