Credits for the documentary titled 'Creative Hands' about mountain handicrafts in North Carolina. Background info about earlier handicrafts as an important part of civilization. A farmer weaves, sculpts a swan, whittle in clay. Scene change to New York City and busy areas of Manhattan, with people outside the Rockefeller Center in New York watching ice skaters. Women do window shopping. People enter Radio City Music Hall. Scene change again to farming areas in the mountains of southwest North Carolina. Animated map of United States. Wide views of farmland and a house in Brasstown North Carolina. Men cut a tree for lumber using a two man saw. Teacher at John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown helps farmer to develop creative ideas using local materials. A sign reads "John C Campbell Folk School Handcrafts." Farmers walk with their materials and are seen seated at a table of the school showing some of their handicrafts. They are taught creative ideas by the teacher.
Opening scene shows hands of a man, in overalls, as he sands a small wooden figure of a horse. Next, handicraft materials, including yarn and roughly cutout blocks of wood, are seen laid out on a table. The hands of a woman are seen as she marks with pencil where some further finishing is needed on a rough cutout wooden figure of a horse. Slate quotes a Brasstown worker about satisfaction from making something with your own hands.
The Pan American Highway Commission officials received by Cameron A. Morrison, Governor of North Carolina. Governor Morrison and the delegates pose for a photo on steps of a building. The commission visits the Highway Equipment Depot near Raleigh and inspects the machinery. They proceed towards University of North Carolina. Traffic signs and direction boards on road sides. University of North Carolina college students give a cheer and greet the group. The commission buses, cars, motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecars are seen traveling on highway roads in North Carolina. The commission members observe road machinery and try out the machines including early tractors, graders, scrapers, and plows, trench diggers, and steam shovels. Two delegate members ride in the bucket of a steam shovel. They halt at the newly completed Wilcox Bridge spanning the Yadkin River near Spencer, North Carolina. A view of the caravan on the open-spandrel (open support system) Wilcox Bridge over the Yadkin River and then in a North Carolina town. The group entering Bessemer city in North Carolina, where a welcome banner spans the roadway.
People enter the Houston Astrodome building in Houston Texas for a college football game between North Carolina State University and University of Houston. Huge crowd cheers. North Carolina State wins over Houston with a score of 16-6. Bobby Hall of North Carolina State scores twice for the winning team.
Mountain handicrafts in North Carolina. A man uses discarded pieces of iron for some creative purpose. A man at a blacksmith shop uses creative ideas for making a candle stand. A man shapes a piece of iron with hammer. He gives it a shape of a flower. He melts the iron ring by burning it so that he can stick the joints. A melted iron rod is shaped. The parts made separately assembled. Various kind of candle stands.
Mountain handicrafts demonstrated in North Carolina. Wool obtained from sheep in highlands. Sheep in barn. A woman boils flowers, roots, bark and hulls of black walnut to dye the wool. She puts the wool in boiling water for dyeing. The wool is dyed in red color. She dries the wool on string. Woman weaves woolen clothe on a loom. Geometrical designed woolen cloth..