Hi William and welcome from near Vernon. It's true that I haven't seen anyone post in the pyrography section in a while. They come and go. There are some interesting native woods that could be used for turning that wouldn't cost you that much. Douglas maple is a weed species that can grow around here up to 8" in diameter but only short striaght sections. It has the grain of other maples but can have greenish heart wood. I have some Siberian elms in my yard and a large limb broke off one so I cut it up and the wood is gorgeous, a bright red with great medullary rays. Hawthorne is another weed species but can get up to 6-8". The sapwood is creamy colored with medium chocolate brown streaks. The heartwood is dark brown. Then there the fruit woods like cherry, pear, plum, and apple. Lots of choices for turning.
Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.