After teaching water aerobics at the Salvation Army in Pensacola, Maurice and intrigued aerobic patrons paid a quarter per lesson to learn pine needle basketry. The dedicated group represented their heritage art at the Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival for more than a decade.
Today, much of her raw materials are sourced from the strong back of a 90-year-old friend that bundles each long leaf pine needle by hand. Keeping the 9,000-year-old art alive, she diligently creates clocks, baskets, plates, seasonal ornaments and more year-round.
Maurice says, "There is something magical about pine needle basketry." Every needle becomes an important individual as it is carefully collected, sorted and dried before added to her next creation. Find her creations at Longevity Antiques