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Dennis Bauer of Bellevue is one of the country's premier feather tree makers. Sign up for classes for Nov. 1st - Sponsored by Art@106

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Dennis Bauer of Bellevue is one of the country's premier feather tree makers. Sign up for classes for Nov. 1st - Sponsored by Art@106

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Dennis Bauer is one of the country's premier feather tree makers and lives here in Bellevue, Ohio where he hand makes his beautiful artificial Christmas trees out of fowl feathers

The feather tree tradition originated in Germany at the turn of the century. They became popular as an alternative to cutting live fir trees to celebrate the Christmas holiday. Turkey or goose feathers were coiled around heavy gauge wire to create “branches” which were then secured to a wooden dowel “trunk”. Feather trees were the first “artificial” Christmas Trees. Their limbs fold upward for easy storage. The first artificial trees were made using this practice in the 1800s, and Dennis' interest grew from collecting ornaments to making the trees when he learned that his family used to celebrate the holiday with such a tree. Dennis now makes trees not just for the Christmas holiday, but for holidays throughout the year, selling about 200 a year as one of the three feather tree makers in the United States. His craftsmanship is the finest in today's market

See his YouTube video featured from Ohio's Scenic Stops on January 2014  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geq3KhZv3QA

Dennis Bauer's feather trees have been featured in various magazines: Summer 2001 issue of Celebrate 365, "Christmas 1950-Present" by Christmas historian Robert Brenner, 2005 Victorian Decorating Magazine Holiday edition, 2006 Christmas editions of Romantic Homes Magazine and Martha Stewart Living, and on the cover of the March 2007 issue of Martha Stewart Living. Martha again submitted her design for Dennis to make (what we call) the Snow tree shown in the 2010 December issue of Martha Stewart Living and again in her 2011 Holiday Handbook.

An avid Christmas enthusiast, and Golden Glow of Christmas Past member, Dennis and his wife, Joyce, have collected antique and vintage Christmas artifacts for 40 years. They are always on the lookout for old feather trees and other holiday items. 

 

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