As part of the statewide 2nd Saturdays series, the N. C. Museum of History in Raleigh will feature craftsman Bill Newman, who creates baskets, bowls and other items from pine needles. Watch him at work during a drop-in program on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
An award-winning craftsman, Newman uses the basic basket-coiling method to make baskets out of longleaf pine straw and black walnuts. He consistently creates new designs with his talented hands. Newman also teaches classes and writes instruction guides on the art of pine needle crafting. His baskets will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop.
The drop-in program Make It, Take It: Needle Art will also take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 11. Museum visitors can make their own minibroom from pine needles.