As In Fall 2022, a mature Longleaf Pine Tree was toppled by Hurricane Ian in Bartow, Florida and I received a phone call asking if I needed pine needles for my basketry. A short while later, I met Cathy and Lloyd Terry alongside a gorgeous tree that previously housed an eagle nest. The birds moved to a nearby tree as we methodically collected handfuls of lovely needles from the tree's boughs. I spent the next several months drying green needles, treating them with glycerine to retain their flexibility, and dyeing some with fiber dyes. In the months since then, I have worked exclusively with the needles from that one tree. This tree is estimated to be 150 years old. Before we can count the rings, the butt slice has to slowly dry and be sanded to 400 grit. A forester with experience reading the history of an old tree's rings will do the counting for us. In the meantime, here are some of the works created with its needles. An elder once told me the spirit of a tree remains in the items we create from its trunk, branches, and leaves. I am honoring this tree with vessels, mandalas, and various forms that capture and preserve the natural beauty and spirit of this magnificent witness to history. I often combine pine needles with other natural materials, such as gnarly branches, agate, feathers, and gourds, as well as birch discs with pyrography and inked images. Please let me know if you are interested in owning some of this tree's history.