I recently , well a friend and I , cut down a large maple. After the cut we had some good wood left on stump...I was able to slice a 6" thick piece off the stump...It is 24" across all around..My lathe is the Jet 1642 so at best I would get a 15 1/2" turning if it all worked out perfect...How often does that happen lol? Anyhow should I cut this piece down to fit the lathe and then turn the whole piece? (How do I deal with the pith?) or do I cut it hopefully into 2 smaller pieces?