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Bushcraft, Guide Training
& Wilderness Expedition School

Established 1999
- Ago Puteus Foris -
winter bushcraft and survival Registered Master Maine Guide


Paul Sveum

Senior Instructor

Paul Sveum


Paul's blog is called 21 Days On The Road. He is also on Google +.


Paul grew up in the glaciated lands of southern Wisconsin, home to hardwoods forests, rich black soil and placid inland lakes. It was amongst the fields of corn and urban sprawl of nearby Madison that Paul learned to canoe, fish, hunt and appreciate the small wonders of Nature.

After high school Paul spent time traveling the country with his long time canine friend hiking mountain trails from the Sierra Nevada to the Absaroka-Beartooths, living day to day on whatever food could be caught, found, or gathered, and learning what it means to live without in a country of excess.

After spending a few unsuccessful days attempting to replicate a friction fire lighting technique he saw in a movie, Paul decided that trial and error was not the way to relearn thousands of years of accumulated knowledge. He enrolled in the Wilderness Bushcraft Semester (in those days called the Earth Skills Semester Program), which proved to be the catalyst that drove him to pursue a path as an educator.

When not residing in Maine, Paul can be found on his homestead on the south shore of Lake Superior near Cornucopia, Wisconsin.


Beginning in 2013, Paul has been a residential instructor for the Wilderness Bushcraft Semester.

Classes taught at the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School, 2005-2012:
        • Knife Making
        • Deer Hide Tanning And Smoking
        • Canoe Poling
        • Canoe Safety And Rescue
        • Birch Bark Basketry
        • Axe Use And Safety
        • Camp Cooking
        • Cordage, Rope And Knots
        • Edible And Medicinal Plants
        • Shelter Design, Layout And Construction

Classes taught at Northland College as an instructor, 2010-2011:
        • Nature Observation - First Person Ecology
        • Craftsmen Of Necessity - Crafting For Life
        • Sustainable Backcountry Travel

Classes taught at Northland College as a student, 2007-2010:
        • Canoe Poling
        • Shelter Craft
        • Flint Knapping
        • Sustainability In Outdoor Recreation
        • Braintanned Buckskin; Deer Hide Tanning
        • Wilderness Survival
        • Quinzee Construction
        • Bow Carving And Tillering
        • Expedition Food Preparation
        • Making Traditional Music Instruments

When not in the northeast, Paul works as an instructor for the Lost Creek Folk School in Corunucopia, Wisconsin.

Expedition Leader And Guide:

Paul is a Registered Maine Guide licensed by the state.

He has guided extended canoeing, backpacking and snowshoeing trips in Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Maine in a variety of areas including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Allgash Wilderness Waterway, as well as numerous other locations off the beaten path. He has also guided numerous overnight trips focusing on bushcraft, survival, and local naturalist studies around the South shore of Lake Superior.


Jack Mountain Bushcraft School Certifications
        • Journeyman, 2005
        • Expedition Instructor, 2010
        • Expedition Instructor Trainer, 2013


        • Sustainability in Outdoor Education - Northland College Outdoor Leadership Program, 2009.
        • Sustainability in Outdoor Education - Wilderness Education Association National Conference, 2008.

Medical Background And Training:

        • Search and Rescue Course - 2008
        • Wilderness First Responder Course - 2007
        • Wilderness Emergency Medical Care Course - 2007

Sustainability Advocate:

        • Worked as a sustainability consultant for the University of Michigan's recreation department in 2010.
        • Contributed to the development of a comprehensive model for evaluating the sustainability of outdoor programs called The As Sustainable As Possible (ASAP) project, located here.
        • Taught a series of classes in 2008 through the Edventure department at Northland College focusing on making more sustainable choices in outdoor recreation and continued to work independently on the ASAP model.


Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin
        • BA, Traditional Earth Knowledge in Outdoor Education
This self designed degree encompasses what Paul sees as "the foundation of knowledge someone growing up in an indigenous society would have received at a young age, knowledge of the way the world works- the plants, animals, the weather and how to live in relative harmony with those systems."


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