Thomaston wood artist, Francis Farley donated a one-of-a-kind handmade inlaid tilt-top table to be raffled off in support of Thomaston’s July 4th celebrations.

Farley, woodworking for 25-plus years, gets much satisfaction from “seeing someone else enjoy something that I have enjoyed making.”

His special interest is segmented woodturning, using both domestic and exotic hardwoods and domestic softwoods. Preferring to let the natural wood colors show, Farley works without the use of stains. The table is on display at the Thomaston Public Library.

Made of curly maple with inlay of epoxy leaf design and brass, the table measures 17.5-inches across, and retails for $500. Raffle tickets sell for $1 each, six for $5, or 15 for $10.

Fundraising for the July 4th celebration is critical to support the cost of events, which are put on entirely by volunteers. A portion of the fireworks is covered by the town’s taxpayers, and the committee works to raise additional needed funds by soliciting sponsors, by collection tins placed at various businesses, and collection buckets at the entrance to the fireworks.

Besides the raffle tickets, there are a variety of items for sale on the 4th, both during the parade and at the committee booth. This year an annual 2014 commemorative button will be introduced for $1, or will be included with purchase of a hat. The button shows the year and the theme for the parade, which this year is Made in the USA.