Kentucky Tourism

Horine, Lynn — Baskets from the Heart

Bedford, KY


gourd sculptures

Originally from Southern California, Lynn Horine moved to Kentucky 40 years ago to settle with her husband in his hometown of Bedford. Lynn has always been interested in the arts and be was inspired to try making a basket after reading about basketry in the Fox Fire series. She made a pine needle basket using a kit and discovered she had  found a material with which she really loved working.


Reading books by North Carolina pine needle basket maker Judy Mallow, Lynn began experimenting. Coming across information about gourd baskets, she then taught herself how to clean and prepare gourds for use with her pine needle coiled work. The pine needles Lynn uses come from the long leaf pine trees of North Carolina – each needle being about 12-17 inches in length. These pine needles require cleaning and must be soaked in hot water for 3 hours, the caps removed, and the needles dried before they can be bundled together.


Lynn sometimes enhances the gourd surface with wood stain, paint or leather dyes. She attaches her pine needle coils by piercing the gourd with an ice pick and sewing the wrapped coils of pine needles into the planned openings, with sinew, sometimes adding slices of walnuts, pine cones or other materials for embellish-ment. Lynn is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen.


Work by Lynn Horine can be found at the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville; Walnut Creek Rustic & Lodge Living, Louisville; and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.