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Lori Ristinen of Menahga is a scrimshander. She was a featured artist at last weekend's Northern Cutlery Collectors Club show in Park Rapids. The flamingo eye scrimshaw featured here, would sell for $3,600. Scrimshaw is a very labor-intensive art form in which the artist makes tiny scratches, dots and stipples into a medium, then paints over it. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Menahga scrimshaw artist is regarded as world-class

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Lori Ristinen has barely begun to scratch the surface of her budding career.

Her custom scrimshaw business is carving out a niche, even in a depressed economy. In the process, she's becoming world famous.

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"It's not a steady paycheck but I'm pretty busy," said the Menahga woman. "I'm a year behind in custom orders."

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