Volunteers create Christmas ornaments for U.S. Capitol tree

Volunteers from local woodworking clubs created hundreds of Christmas ornaments for U.S. Capitol Christmas tree

BOISE -- Over the past month, 30 volunteers have worked tirelessly to create hand-made ornaments that will hang on the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree in Washington D.C. this winter.

On Saturday, several local woodworking clubs came together to finish the project.

In total, nearly 250 handmade ornaments from the project will be sent to Washington D.C.

"Most of the ornaments were made as the individuals saw the pieces of wood," said Steve Young, an instructor at Woodcraft in Boise.

Volunteers used woods like local pine and canary to create unique pieces.

Young estimates each ornament took one to three hours to produce, depending on size and intricacy.

"It's been a labor of love," Young said.

The tree, which was chosen from the Payette National Forrest, is 85 feet high and will sit on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building.

80 secondary trees were also chosen from several regions in northern Idaho and will be placed at various sites in Washington D.C.

In total, Idaho is expected to produce over 10,000 ornaments for all 81 trees.

After the holidays, Young says the Smithsonian will choose a few ornaments from the tree to display in their museum.

"It's an opportunity for the people who have spent a lot of time putting them together," Young said. "It just doesn't happen in Idaho very often. We don't have an opportunity to provide the tree."

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