Here are two new platters where I did the turning and then my daughter Rayne did the pyrography. She seems to be able to come up with these complex patterns at will. The woodburning part is tricky because you basically have one go at it.
Big leaf maple works well for these pieces. The color is light enough to provide a good contrast with the pyrography. There is often just enough figure in the wood to make it more interesting, and it finishes well.