The SECOND part of the story:
I made it with real goose feathers many years ago. I made it when I had been to an auction and saw an old feather tree go for way too much, in my opinion. But I liked it and decided I would learn something new that year: feather tree making. I put on all of the old ornaments that I had collected, a few of which are family ornaments. A couple of them are cracked or missing pieces, but I still like them. I figure flawed doesn't mean trashed.