No, i didn't cut it from a living tree. Yes it was just lying on the ground. Go to your nearest forest. Explore it! All sorts of beautiful things might be lying there, just waiting to be found! :) If you're really lucky you might even find a dear's antlers!
Probs to my wife of course who, brilliant as she is, designed the whole thing; Even the shape of the branch before we even found it on our walk through the forest!
Happy banthas grazing on tatooine.