This was the main branch that broke off the tree, I started yesterday with this project by stripping all the bark off completely down to the bare whitewood, with my angle grinder, then I used my dremel to smooth out all the loose rough jagged edges, then I put it aside for the evening until I could think of what I wanted to do with it.
This morning I decided to build it into a (picture frame easel / music stand), the base is some old scrap pine 2×6 , and the easel was made from some cherry slats I had left over, from a previous commision job of building a cherry slat bench top, then I wiped on some colonial maple stain on all the components, then finished assembling it this evening after the stain dried enough.
here is a nice curve to it to give the right incline for the easel.
here is the actual color of it in better lighting.
have fun in the shop.