And behold, the latest project by Alec Wadzita:



These were cut on the laser from several different sheets of veneer, glued together and clamped while it dried, and then finished with a two-part resin. They are destined to be made into a pair of matching barrettes.  And yes, we usually have birch veneer around for lasercutting if you decide you want to make something like this yourself :)