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.
World Airways Today and Tomorrow shows planes being used for various purposes in North Carolina, United States. Birds in flight over a water body. An autogyro in flight. A low wing monoplane performs a roll. A military Boeing 314 clipper aircraft in flight. A DC-2 aircraft on takeoff with one gear up and the other landing gear still extended. "The Lindbergh Line" painted on fuselage. A B-29 aircraft in flight. Formation of B-26 bombers in flight above clouds. A B-29 dropping bombs. B-26s dropping bombs. A United Airlines DC-2 passenger airplane in flight over a city. China Clipper seaplane taking off. Martin China Clipper over the partially completed Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco. Lockheed Constellation passenger plane climbing over mountains. Baggage handlers loading cargo and baggage into United Airlines DC-3.
Launch of Wright plane in North Carolina on 17 December 1903 and in Virginia on 09 September 1908, United States. Wibur Wright places wheels beneath wing on Kill devil hill, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, United States. Wright plane takes its first flight after launch. Flight of plane in France. Two men pull props through on the Wright aircraft. Frenchmen stand and watch Wilbur Wright who makes adjustment on aircraft engine. Launching tower at right. Wright plane launches by catapult in France. Civilians and officers attend the air show. Wright plane passes overhead. Flight of Wright plane in United States. Orville Wright and Lieutenant Lahm sits on control section of the plane. Wright plane launches by catapult launch track at Fort Myers in Virginia on 09 September 1908. Plane in flight at Fort Myers. Spectators watch the plane. Army personnel move the Wright plane across open terrain they remove hangar doors from storage building. Army personnel grouped around the Wright aircraft. President Taft stand along the spectators. President Taft walk through spectators.
United States Army Special Forces return to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. United States Army soldiers and a band lined up as they hold American flags at Pope Air Force Base. Families wait for the return of United States Army Special Forces. A sign reads ' United States Air Force Pope Air Force Base'. A United States C-123 aircraft taxis after landing. Soldiers of the special forces get off the aircraft as they return after an attempted rescue of American prisoners of war from a camp near Hanoi, North Vietnam. The family members greet the soldiers. Photographers take pictures. An officer of the special forces speaks into a microphone.