This request for ideas is a very personal matter to me.
In 1996 our son, Brent, died unexpectedly from natural causes at age 27.
We got permission from the funeral home to plant a tree in his memory.
The tree was a special Sugar Maple, also known as Fire Maple.
We picked that because he was a writer and did some promotion for a band that had a signature song called the Fire Maple Song, it was Brent's favorite.
A couple years ago I did some pruning on the tree to give it better shape. Then I tossed a branch into one of the dark recesses of my shop to dry and, subsequently, forgot about it. Last week, while doing some shop rearranging I discovered it. Fortunately I had it labeled or wouldn't have remembered what it was.
It is about 3 1/2' long and less than 2" in diameter.
Now, I would like to do something with it but am stuck for ideas. Pens for friends and relatives comes to mind but other suggestions would be welcome. I didn't post this in lathe land because any ideas are welcome, spinny or otherwise.