Ok here an idea I have been looking at for some time now. Random patterns seem to be more of a challenge than the alternative, or maybe its just my thought adjustment is taking a bit of time.
20cm or 8" by about 6.5" finished with DIY DO and nitrocellulose a couple of coats and buffed. Its still a bit too shiny for my liking, but it appeals to the women folk. For me the shape is not as good as it should or could be. Actually if you turn it up side down its looks better and with that in mind I have another on the lathe of a different shape, but its looking better.
I have added three images at it varies as you go around it, probably need a little slow spinning Gif etc to do it justice.