Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Duff Tweed Golfs with Lee Trevino and Evel Knievel

Hi folks....we're back!

We hope you have been having a fantastic summer.  We have been out golfing like crazy...which inspired us to FINALLY post this entry.

We were contacted earlier this year (April 2016) by a wonderful lady named Cyndie who was preparing to move from Tennessee and was looking to "clean house".  


"I have 2 carvings that my father got from Duff. One is the Low Bidder that is signed. The other is the Wall Street journal.  I forgot to mention that my father and Duff were personal friends when we lived in Los Angeles. I would rather them go to someone who appreciates him and his work.

Enclosed are the pictures of the carvings we spoke about. Here is the story...

My father Don Taylor was the president of the largest mechanical contracting company in the world and had projects all over. While living in Glendale California in the 70's he met Duff Tweed. Since my father is no longer living I cannot give his story. I believe he met him through Lee Trevino who was our neighbor. If it was not Lee it was Jerry Lewis who dad bought his 42 foot cabin cruiser from in San Diego. Duff and my dad became fast friends and spent many hours socializing at our home and his. Since my father was a bidder he gave him the low bidder as a gift when we left LA. As you can see he put his address and phone number on the back. This has been with our family since that day."

Cyndie kindly went on to explain that her father used to golf with Duff Tweed, Lee Trevino and Evel Knievel.  What a foursome that must have made!  Would have loved to have tagged along with them.  You can sense the greatness in Cyndie as well when speaking with her.  Her father passed along his special qualities to her; she was a joy to communicate with.  Past collectors who have contacted us have also shared the fact that Duff mixed with a lot of the affluent people and well known actors of his time. Mr. Tweed was pretty well known in his own right, too.

OK, I know many of you really come to see Duff's carvings and illustrations, so here we go:

So here is a huge and well deserved shout out to Cyndie for not only sharing her father's history and Duff Tweed carvings with us, but for selflessly adding them to our collection honoring her fathers memory which now lives forever here with us.  You rock Cyndie...great energy.  Sorry for how long it has taken us to get your wonderful story and carvings posted!  Thank you for your sharing and patience.

We have a couple of additional collectors whose stories are quite overdue for sharing.  We will get to them as soon as possible.  In the meantime, wishing you each a daily life of ease and comfort.

All the best!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Two Wall Street Hobo's Who Have Been Together Since The 1960's

Well....it's been a looooong time since we last posted to the Duff Tweed Carvings blog, but we're back and fired up.  We will be posting several way overdue stories with pictures for you to enjoy.

This set of two Wall Street Hobo's come to us from Long Beach, CA.  Duff lived in southern California for many years and would sell his unique carvings to local businesses in the area.  Hobos were certainly one of his most favorite subjects to carve and bring to life.

Phyllis M. was kind enough to share her two carvings which she acquired from her father upon his passing.  She wrote to us to inquire about their present value.  We replied immediately, but finally had an opportunity to share her words with you: 

"These two pieces were purchased by my father from Duff Tweed when he came into his business in Long Beach in the mid 1960's.  They hung in his office until he passed and I grabbed them.  I am curious as to the value even though they are sentimental and I have no intention of selling them.
Thank you, Phyllis M."

Please enjoy the pictures below of these two wonderful carvings generously shared by Phyllis in memory of her Father who had the honor of meeting the master Duff Tweed, himself over 50 years ago!

Wall Street Hobos - Shared by Phyllis M. in 2015

It's been a pleasure coming back to Duff Tweed Carvings to share more stories and pictures from our fellow collectors and lovers of Duff Tweed art.  Big shout out and thanks to Phyllis M. for sharing and caring! May you each have a wonderful day, living in and enjoying every moment of peace that life has to offer.  We'll be back real soon!

All the best!