I decided it was either time to either throw away part of my growing pile of scrap wood or make something with it. Since I have a hard time parting with toothpicks, my only option was to make something.
I’ve had good luck contrasting purple heartwood with maple, so laminating a turning blank with those woods was a no brainer. This time I thought I’d try a vertical pattern, somewhat like SpectraPly, but I felt the results were less than spectacular. Quarter inch plies just weren’t thin enough to give the effect I was looking for. I did have a more spectacular success matching cherry with padauk. While the egg isn’t very useful, it shows off the contrast between the two woods, especially having turned it at an angle.