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grain orientation question

I have some slabs of cherry I am getting ready to turn for deep plates.
Which way do you orient the growth rings?

Would the top or bottom be the inside of the bowl/plate?



Top or bottom to be the inside of the bowl/plate?



Here's the rough pieces



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I don't know that it really matters, but I'd defer to some of the more experienced turners on here.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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On thin plates it doesn't matter. You won't change the appearance of the grain all that much. If you are doing deep bowl then their is a huge difference. Turned from the pith side of the log you get a sort of back to back C kind of like this )( Turned from the bark side you get a bullseye ()
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Hi John......and you too Dusty

I'm surprised, but pleased to know from your experience, that it doesn't matter.

So I'm just going orient my front & back according to which will give me the best yield. i.e. getting rid of the bark and imperfections.

Okay with that method?........

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