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Classes: Learn to Braintan Your Own Hides

Graining a deer hide for tanning.Softening a braintan hide.Smoking a braintan buckskin deer hide.

      "Whether an experienced tanner or a novice, Melvin gifts you with his intricate secrets and knowledge of tanning and leaves you with an unforgettable experience full of laughter, kindness, challenges and rewards (a butter soft hide that beaders die for)! I have beaded and studied native ways forover 15 years, but there has been no better experience than the brain tanning with Mel. He brings the entire tanning process together, freely sharing his hard earned experience. You may read how to tan hides on the web page, or watch the video The Tanning Spirit, but there is no comparison to his direct instruction. I have tried many times to work a hide with minimal success. This hide turned out beautifully. Mel's years of work shows in his hands as they walk you through each step. He tells the stories, shows the techniques, guides and teaches, then lets you become the tanner. Even though you are doing the entire process, he is always available to prompt as well as observe. It is of no surprise that he is a great teacher. I met Mel when I began teaching at an alternative high school where he had taught for years. Teaching is a calling that impacts lives. This is Mel's calling. I recommend Mel's one-on-one classes for everyone - to get the best you have to be with the best." Sarah Huber.

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