While I was at it I started to work on something completely new for me. I bought this small piece of curly maple at Rockler earlier this month. Our club challenge for March is "plates" and I knew what I wanted to do. I've done a fair amount of coring but this was a different technique. Normally when I core I'm doing bowls and I core in from the front face to extract a piece that's a smaller diameter than the larger bowl. This technique is to cut in from the side, this allows you to retain the full diameter, just thinner.
I repeated the process to end up with 3 roughed out pieces all very similar. Some may ask, could I have simply cut the piece into 3 slabs on the bandsaw prior to turning. The answer is yes, but that wasn't my goal. I was testing the coring technique and had there been more arc it would not have been possible with a straight cut, something that may come in handy in the future.