The 2014 USA Tree
Part of the exhibit
and Holidays of Light
Museum of Science and Industry
This year's tree was designed and decorated
by the Friends of the USA Tree.
All ornaments, including the tree-topper,
are new this year, and most are hand-made.
About the Eagle at the top . . .
Using a pattern from the Winfield Collection, this was made by Kathy
Cunningham and Mike Tipp,
Scroll Saw Instructor from the Chicago School of Woodworking with assistance
Shaun Devine, one of the co-owners of the School.
The eagle is made of white oak, aspen, yellowheart, and wenge woods, using
the intarsia method.
There are 125 pieces of wood which were cut on the scroll saw and then
sanded and contoured,
and finally glued to a set of backboards. The metal rod then attached
the eagle to the top of the tree.
the new handmade ornaments
These eight hand-quilted stockings were made
by Cynthia Cunningham of
Victoria, Texas, and then filled with toys.