Fair Raffle Item

A large salad bowl and 12 individual size bowls turned by Richard Cruise.

A large salad bowl (16 inches in diameter) and 12 individual size bowls turned by Richard Cruise.

Your choice!

For our 70th Fair, the raffle ticket winner will have a choice between two beautiful hand-turned pieces.

This will be the 14th year that Richard Cruise and his wife Lucy of Moneta, Virginia, have  exhibited at the Fair, with a booth behind the Second Street School. Cruise creates creates one-of-a-kind, heirloom-quality hand-turned bowls, using local, sustainable hardwoods at his Moneta studio. He turns each bowl using hand-held tools and a wood lathe, and finishes them with food-safe products.    

An exquisitely turned, 13-inch diameter natural edge bowl.

An exquisitely turned, 13-inch diameter natural edge bowl.

The Cruises have provided ticket purchasers a choice for this 2013 raffle:  a beautiful hand-turned cherry salad bowl and a dozen individual bowls (just in time for the fall harvest of local greens)–OR a one-of-a-kind natural edge bowl turned to highlight the color and complex patterns of a particular specimen.

Raffle tickets are $3 apiece or four for $10; they will be on sale at the Fair, with the winner to be drawn Sunday afternoon, October 6. (You also can purchase them now at the Old School in Waterford, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, or at the Corner Store, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.)

The Cruises continue to work with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation to produce objects from the wood of a large tulip poplar tree at the southwestern corner of Monticello taken down in 2011. They will have a limited number of pieces created from portions of  that tree at this year’s Fair.

We thank the Cruises for this generous donation. Proceeds from the raffle support the mission of the Waterford Foundation.