coastal decor and crafts

9/2/09

Diane Lane's Driftwood Boxes in Nights in Rodanthe

One item in the movie Nights in Rodanthe caught my attention!

Diane Lane in Nights in Rodanthe with driftwood box
For me the best part of the movie Nights in Rodanthe, which I finally watched last week, were David Finck's gorgeous Driftwood Boxes.


Driftwood Box in Nights in Rodanthe by David Finck
Finck, a distinguished woodworker from North Carolina, not only made the driftwood boxes but also set up a sequence so Diane Lane could appear to make one of the boxes in the movie.

Diane Lane Nights in Rodanthe making driftwood box
He also supplied some of the tools and coached Lane in a few aspects of dovetail joinery. I think he should have risen to stardom, but that's not what happened.

Driftwood Box
Finck says: "These two boxes represent my fifteen minutes of fame, though ironically, my contribution to the Warner Bros. movie of 2008, Nights in Rodanthe, went uncredited, so I guess I'm still fairly anonymous! Nevertheless, the experience was a fun one. I received a call from the property manager of the movie asking if I could design and build two boxes for the movie as well as supply some props and do some coaching."

David Finck
David Finck does Commission Work and I'm sure he'll be happy to craft a one-of-a-kind driftwood box just for you!

"My work is about quality, careful attention to detail, functionality, and permanence. I think of it as an ongoing attempt to capture the essential core of the beautiful and bring that into people’s homes and lives."

37 comments:

EntertainingMom said...

Ok, I really need to see this movie!

Laura Trevey said...

I love these ~~ great craftmanship!!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

What a great/sad story. They should have at least credited him...no? Hope they paid him for his time and boxes. They are lovely!

Roberta said...

Very interesting Maya how you picked up on a finite detail such as this. He's finally getting some credit. At least WE know now!

Juju from Tales of Whimsy said...

I remember these. Very coool.

Tina said...

I was watching parts of the movie yesterday and love the boxes. I hope it's brought him some success. The boxes are beautiful and unique. Thanks for giving us this info. I'm off to check it out.
Have a great day
T

anita said...

davids boxes are works of art..
i think i may have one of his pieces, i'm going to go ck
maya, super wonderful idea to feature davids boxes. ps..i still havn't seen the movie

Joan@anthinggoeshere said...

Aren't those boxes just wonderful?

Florida Sue said...

Now I must see this movie. These boxes are exquisite. It was interesting to read about Diane Lane's blooper on his site.

Drawn to The Sea said...

Definitely something I'd run my hands over every time I passed by. What a vision & talent, David Finck. The more rustic of the two looks like an old beach cabin, tattered by the elements but strong to the core.

Lovely post.
~Julia

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Maya
These boxes were some of the things I did love in this movie [the house also]. Thanks for sharing the details. x Julie

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Oh
And thanks for showcasing the 'uncredited' artist. His work shows his love of the craft.

Gintare said...

I really need to see this movie now, I am very curious what was put in the boxes.
Thank you for sharing the story.
Gintare

Domestic Diva said...

Great post!! I adore details in movies, I was often wondering who the artist was!! Have a fabulous day!!!!
xxxx me

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

How wonderful that you acknowledged the craftsmanship of this skilled artist. I haven't yet seen this movie, so I better put it on my list. I love the look of driftwood in decor.

erin said...

i remember these boxes from the movie and wondered about them..........the artist should be given more credit for his work?! i also wondered if the beach house was for real, considering it seemed to be IN the water? i actually saw this movie to check out the house and loved the swinging doors in the kitchen! so.....you really don't own a cell phone?? AWESOME!! i have one for business :O(

Lia said...

Wow those are really lovely.

nicolette said...

Finally he is acknowledged for these amazing works. The boxes are unmatched, and really adds to the home decor.

Nicolette
http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com/

Cass @ That Old House said...

I DVR'd that movie but have yet to see it. This craftsman should have been credited! When you watch movie credits, they list everyone from the 3rd assistant to the Nose-Wiper to Ms. Lane, to the bottle washer for the caterer. Surely they could have listed the box maker!
Maybe they thought people would believe the actress actually had made them? :-)
Cass

Beach Vintage said...

What an amazing craftsman and what a great achievement for him.

Barbara Jacksier said...

The dovetail construction caught my eye, too, but I never looked into who actually made the boxes. Thanks for doing the sleuth work.

sealaura said...

those boxes were pretty sweet and I watxhed that movie thanks to your suggestion. sniffle sniffle though it was sad! but your lovely header cheered me up today. so cute.

Mickey Johnson said...

...absolutely gorgeous...i would really love one of these. i am glad you let us know about this wonderfully talented individual! xo, mickey

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

That is so interesting! I guess I was so busy looking at the houses and scenery in the movie that I didn't stop to wonder about those beautiful boxes. Thanks for telling us "the rest of the story." I love learning things like this!

Sher said...

I loved the movie and the book. And only watched it on demand about a month ago. Of course I sat there with a box of tissues handy. LOL!

Sushikay said...

I also love things that I see in movies, but most of the time they are unattainable. I once saw a gorgeous whale wind-chime in the movie "Nim's Island" that I coveted, but never could find it online.
Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I saw the whale wind chime too in Nims Island and have been looking for one everywhere !

Anonymous said...

I loved the painting of Diane Lane's character on the beach as a child. It was only shown briefly. It was in the "art" room upstairs. Her friend had painted it. I'd love to find it!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Regarding Painting:

I don't think I noticed that painting..., or just don't remember it. Now I'm very curious..., and will take a look. If I find it, I'll post about it!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Regarding Whale Wind Chime in Nim's Island:

Sorry, I missed these comments! I haven't seen the movie. I want to check it out and see that whale wind chime now!!

Diane said...

After watching tghe movie i decided to make my onw box. It not quite a detailed as yours but it was all mine, I found the drift wood and built it with my father. I love it

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Diane, your driftwood box sounds great -I would love to see it!

Anonymous said...

Hello there!
Any news on the wonderful whale wind chime from "Nim's Island"? It's just beautiful :)

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Sorry, no news on Nim's Island whale wind chime -I truly wish I could find it!!

Anonymous said...

I have been looking for Nim's whale chime everywhere ! I would love to make one , but I'm unsure how its held together . It has such life like movement in the movie.

esjayeff said...

ohhhh, so glad I am not the only one who notices little things in movies then spends the rest of her life looking for it. I will never be happy until I find that whale wind chime :(

Kay said...

I'm still searching for the whale windchimes. lol...I have a friend that makes windchimes out of glass so I might commission her to make me one...it wouldn't be the same but similar. Happy hunting everyone!