John K Jordan
I plan on going back to Jefferes soon, I'll check. Every time I go I ask about figured maple and I dig through the stock. I've found plenty they considered figured but nothing close to what I was looking for. But they have a huge stock - I always find plenty of other wood! BTW, they will cut a longer board as long as it leaves at least 2' to sell to someone else. They do have a Facebook page, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(I kind of hate going to Jeffries since I'm always broke afterwards. On the other hand, it makes me realize at their prices I have a small fortune of wood in my own shop!)
When searching I asked David Marks and he and some of his friends had suggestions which I saved. I've checked with these several times but so far none of them had what I was looking for. Stock constantly changes, of course, so maybe check there. It's time to check again myself.
Other figured wood:
And, of course, don't forget to check WoodFinder. http://www.woodfinder.com/
Another thing I thought of pursuing was the people who supply blanks for instrument makers. I wonder if they might have wood that was not suitable for violins but would work for a platter blank. I'm also looking for something 2" thick or a little less.