11-29-70 John Duffy Valley News CA article PART 1
the the SPARKS FLY as Stephen Sorenson, employe of "John Duffy, Master Junksmith" in Reseda, puts finishing touches on nuts-and-bolts dentist and patient Duffy creates originals, young employes make copies for sale " The MASTER JUNKSMITH Reseda kulptor Welds Talent With Nuts, Bolls By PETER BRONSON It's an interesting looking place The sign on the building, located at 7040 Darby Ave., Reseda, says " " J o h n Duffy. M?rter Junksmilh."' Rock music wails, while Ihe young employes twist and weld bits of metal together In the name of art. F i n i s h ed p rodwcts ready for shipment are all around the studio -- ingenious motorcyclists, musicians, aviators and other characters created from nuts, bolts, oil cans and other everyday items. The mastermind of the o p e r alien is Calabasas sculptor John Duffy,.who has made more than 500 different pieces -- both humorous and serious in lone -- and who employs some 30 .young people making copies of his originals. Duffy 5s now m Europe, so the managing director of his Reseda studio, Stephen Askin, explained the recent progress made by Duffy's operation and the general field of "'junk sculpture." Askm said Duffy has C*ntin*e4 on Page 14 TORCH is used by jerry Medrano to obtain parts of aviator and his plane. Original inetalwork was done by John Duffy, whose Reseda studio employs about 30 young people making copies Duffy's creations.