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David Thell, left, Thomas and Joseph Rogers listen as professional brain tanner Joe Furuseth describes to Matt Johnson what the membrane looks like once the hair is removed from a deer hide. Furuseth presented the demonstration Thursday evening at the Sustainability Office at Bemidji State University. The class was one of three traditional skills workshops offered at BSU this fall. The first workshop was on natural dyes, and the December workshop will be on bread making. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Workshop explains tanning

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"Moisture is not your friend," said Joe Furuseth, a six-year veteran of brain tanning.

He noted this fact throughout his demonstration on hide tanning Thursday evening at the Sustainability Office at Bemidji State University.

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