Of course cutting and gluing different wood types requires space and equipment not available to me, so I opted for a manufactured product that achieves the same results. What I found was the Teragren company who makes some very interesting kitchen countertops comprised of glued-up strips of bamboo. Click here to see Teragren's bamboo countertop web page.
I thought the Parquet Butcher Block style would be the most interesting when it was turned, so I found a dealer near me who could get the basic countertop and cut it into 12" squares. The countertop material is available in either 30" x 96" x 1.5" or 36" x 72" x 1.5" pieces, and you have to buy a whole piece. I wanted the latter size because it would yield eighteen 12" square pieces, but the store was only able to get the former size. So I ended up with sixteen 12" squares and three 6" wide pieces which I will cut up into smaller ones.
Below are photos of one of the squares before and after I used a handhelp saber saw to cut out a rough circle..