The Patricia Norris Estate Sale & Twin Peaks Props Auction

Ever watch the television show 'American Pickers'? Ever dream of that one big prop score from the world of Twin Peaks? Well, Saturday, October 17th, 2015 on Vashon Island in Washington State was certainly the place to be. Hastily put together, under advertised and under attended...well, let's start at the beginning.

Vashon Island

My friend The Woodsman tipped me off about the Craigslist ad. Estate sale? Twin Peaks props auction? Huh? Naturally suspicious, I made the three hour drive to the location on Saturday. The sale and auction was running on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I was tempted to go on the final day, but as it turned out, attending on Saturday was indeed fortuitous.

Great Northern Hotel message slots

Still, what was this all about? How did a bunch of Twin Peaks props end up here? Who's estate was this? Of course, we weren't too far from the filming location of The Pilot and Fire Walk With Me. Intriguing. Accessible only by ferry, I had a rough idea where it was due to the ad, helped by the signs along the way mentioning Twin Peaks in uncomfortably large letters (can't we just keep this a secret?) I ended up at the waterfront property and 115 year old house.

Original Double R neon sign

More than a few cars were parked outside which was certainly to be expected Saturday on an island that is no stranger to tourists. Fine. After all, I had until Sunday before the auction. Right? Walking up the driveway I noticed that the detached garage was open. I peeked in only to be staring at what was clearly the mail box structure from behind the desk at The Great Northern Hotel. Chills. I walked to the house in what could only be described as an expedited fashion.

Big Ed's Cash sign

Inside the musty smelling house I quickly detected that the Twin Peaks items were mostly confined to the dining room area. Yep, the Craigslist ad was true. There it was. I was standing directly in front of the original neon RR sign from the series and Fire Walk With Me. Are you kidding me? A bit dusty but with the neon completely intact, I couldn't help but feel I just landed in a temporary museum that was soon to disappear like one of Agent Cooper's concerning dreams.

Sheriff Station print

I immediately inquired about who owned the house. My ears slightly burned as I heard the name. Patricia Norris. Yes, the same Patricia Norris who was the production and costume designer on Twin Peaks and was a longtime collaborator with Lynch including The Elephant Man, Wild at Heart, Lost Highway, The Straight Story and others. ANY doubts I had about the authenticity of the items on display went out the window.

Josie's Wolfhound lamp

Time to get busy. Having accepted the fact that I was going to have to drive up again the next day to complete the auction, it was then that I looked at the fine print of the flyers in the house. The estate sale would end on Sunday, but the Twin Peaks silent auction would end tonight! Saturday, not Sunday! Suddenly, my instinct to drive up Saturday seemed like a very good idea indeed. I later heard people showed up on Sunday. Ouch. I'm not going to go into details about who scored what and what the prices were etc. Suffice it to say that few people bid and most items sold as indeed did the RR sign. ("That belongs in a museum" I can hear sullen fans sob!) Or maybe it belongs in Lynch's house? After all, we heard that David called himself asking about the sign one day after the auction. So don't worry if you missed this most amazing event. It can happen to the best of us.

Double R Diner Ice Cream Cone

Not all items auctioned are pictured here but they will eventually be added to our sister site Twin Peaks Props.

Special thanks to The Woodsman, Mister Bruce and the friendly folks at the sale.

Great Northern Bear

Catherine E. Coulson (1943-2015)

We are sad to report that Catherine E. Coulson (The Log Lady on Twin Peaks) passed away on Monday after battling cancer.

"Today I lost one of my dearest friends" - David Lynch

The Hollywood Reporter / Variety

The Entire Mystery.

All things must pass. Whilst up in Washington watching the filming of the new Twin Peaks, we heard through the grapevine that David Lynch was unpleased that fans were taking photos of the filming and uploading them to various sites on the internet. Even though everyone I witnessed was being courteous and staying on public sidewalks etc, apparently this was just too much for Lynch. So, we decided to abide by Mr. Lynch's wishes. We will post stills of the filming process once the final episode of the series airs. I know many of you are disappointed by this, but hey, it is what it is.

Twin Peaks Location Visit 9-3-15

Okay! Things are humming away in the once sleepy towns of North Bend and Snoqualmie as the Twin Peaks production crew gets ready for major filming. Speaking of which, let's get something right out there. A little bird has told us that there might be some extensive filming next week on the main drag right next to the Double RR and Nadine's 'Run Silent, Run Drapes' shop. If Wendie Robie is indeed in town, it seems likely that they will film at the Hurley house as well. That of course makes us wonder if Everett McGill is involved (Remember, Lynch was asking about him on Twitter) and will make an appearance as Big Ed. Let's see if this week gives us an answer.


Work continues on the 'Run Silent, Run Drapes' location. A Studio Services truck arrived and brought in various equipment and bagged items. A crew member was measuring the windows inside and out. We ran into a local and she told us the business has long been empty and had some major structural issues. Who knows though. The inside has a new wall between the back and the front. Nothing else in there though except fresh paint. Another more recent development is now there are black drapes against the windows. We can assume that storefront display will soon be dressed. I am slightly perplexed as to why they put the name of the store up so early. One would think they would do that at the last minute. Hmmm...


The white picket fence continues to go up at the Hurley house. Look for a few more improvements and additions as well.

There is a rumor floating around that Sherilyn Fenn will not be in the series. We'll see how that plays out. *Update* Sherilyn continues to court controversy by tweeting "Whatever the seeming ENDLESS issues, id (sic) never let the family down".

A coffee cup will indeed go through a window, but what color will it be?

We've learned the name that has been given to a certain location, but it is a major spoiler. Having said that, just hearing the name has filled us full of wonder and unbridled anticipation!! This new series of Twin Peaks will be amazing!! This coming week will be big. We'll be there...

Twin Peaks Location Visit 9-1-15



It is happening right now!! Let's start things right off with an item many residents in town are talking about. A business owner told me that some shooting has already taken place that just could be Twin Peaks related. Apparently it took place in the middle of the night and it was of a man riding a horse on train tracks. He was filmed putting on and removing his hat multiple times. Is it a promo? Stay tuned.



The most exciting thing I witnessed as I rode into town was the work that was being done on the sign right in front of 'Twede's' AKA The RR Diner. A worker was removing all of the neon and the newer Twede's sign (revealing an older one) Some newer light bulbs seemed to have been installed. As I was inside drinking some coffee, it was quite apparent to me that five or six crew members were having breakfast right next to me. I overheard someone say "RR Sign", so yes it's only a matter of time before it goes up completely. Also of note is a remark I overheard tht in the back there is a crew work schedule with certain days marked as 'Closed days'. Later on in the day, a business owner told us that she was told that that Twede's would close during the work for renovation but reopen during the weekends as they can get quite busy. Busy? Just wait until the series airs. I honestly never thought this would happen.



I had actually started at the Salish and the falls, but it was very quiet with no action going on. I would have loved to seen them do some filming there but it was not to be.



Whilst I was at The Double RR, I hooked up with longtime fan 'Birchy' and we decided to take a Ben & Jerry style Road Trip (sans One Eyed Jacks alas) Our first stop was the amazing 'Wild Hare Vintage' antique store at 8050 Railroad Ave SE in Snoqualmie. Why was it amazing? Because as we were there, it was pretty obvious that two Twin Peaks crew members were there buying up the place! The owners were careful not to reveal anything, but they were very friendly. Want some Twin Peaks atmosphere? This is the place you need to be at pronto. You never know who you might run into. At this point I should mention something that Birchy brought to my attention. Across the street from The Double RR is a building with no sign on the door. The windows are blocked off and there was clearly activity going on inside there. It could be nothing, but one wonders if it could be the location production office. It's a mystery. *UPDATED* A sign next door has been put up that reads "Run Silent, Run Drapes"!!!



Up next, we headed up to the Sheriff Station, now known as the Dirtfish Rally School. Despite the cold and rainy day, there was a group of folks ready to romp around in the mud. We went inside and checked things out. Totally cool to see inside the station with the conference rooms still there. The lady at the front desk was very nice. When we asked if the crew had been there to shoot or scout, she lowered her voice and said she couldn't say anything about it. This of course was total confirmation that they had! We'll see.



Time for lunch. We heeded to the Fall City Roadhouse for some lovely food. We asked around if the crew had been around and the answer was a resounding yes! Apparently they took a massive amount of photos of the exterior and were even measuring things like the handrails outside the building (!) It should be noted that the original 'Book House Boys' building is right next door. Oh and Diane, that Caesar salad with blackened steelhead should not be missed!

Alas, this was only a day trip for me so only one more stop was in order. Yep, time to check on those drapes. We headed up to the Hurley house, which is right next to Big Ed's Gas Farm of course. The owner had previously stated that the production crew had wanted a new fence installed. Well, what do you know? It has begun.



A rumor reached us that David Lynch was at the Double RR, so we winged it back as fast as we could, but by the time we got there, he was gone. Or he was never there. He was certainly close by.

Stay tuned. Another report is coming soon...

Special thanks to Birchy and Mister Fyre!

David Lynch & Crew Seen At Twede's AKA The Double RR Diner!!

And so it begins! The first known photograph of David Lynch scouting locations for the new series was taken yesterday, July 13th outside this iconic location. Refurbishment expected soon at Twede's, although it's unknown at this point if it will resemble the set from the series, or a more original look from the Pilot. This is all so real now eh?




Photos by Christoph Foque.

BREAKING!! THERE WILL BE 18 NEW EPISODES OF TWIN PEAKS!!

Revealed today at Crypticon in Seattle by Sheryl Lee and Sherilyn Fenn, there will be 18 new episodes of Twin Peaks due to start filming in September. Also confirmed is that Twede's AKA The Double RR Diner will be renovated. Angelo Badalamenti also confirmed to score the show.



Photo by Mary Hutter.

Mina Tobias - Freedom

Check out the new 'Twin Peaks' and 'Lost Highway' inspired music video from M├Ądchen Amick's daughter!

Mina Tobias - Freedom from Melissa Hickey on Vimeo.

Bloody Easter and Beyond...

***BREAKING***
From Adweek:
Adweek: Where do things stand with Twin Peaks?
David Nevins: We're in the middle of it. I can't say too much.

Adweek: It sounds like you're still holding out hope that Lynch's departure isn't definitive.
David Nevins: It's either a negotiation, or he's had cold feet. But I am hopeful.

Adweek: So at this point, you're waiting to figure out what's going on with David before you decide anything else about the future of Twin Peaks?
David Nevins: Correct.


On Sunday April 5th, David Lynch made this shocking announcement:

"Dear Twitter Friends, Showtime did not pull the plug on Twin Peaks. After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done. This weekend I started to call actors to let them know I would not be directing. Twin Peaks may still be very much alive at Showtime. I love the world of Twin Peaks and wish things could have worked out differently."

Needless to say, many hardcore fans were busy picking their jaws up off the floor whilst others were crying "not again!"

No sooner than Lynch had dropped that bombshell, many core cast members released this amazing video:



There is also a 'Save Twin Peaks' Facebook page set up by those same cast members. Sherilyn Fenn has answered many questions from fans. At one point, Sherilyn says "Definitely on location and refurbishing some of our locations!!!!!!!!!!!" Did she let it slip that the intention is to refurbish Tweed's AKA The Double RR Diner?

Late tonight, word has come through, via Variety, that Showtime has reached out to David Lynch to hash out a deal with Lynch rejoining as director. Here are some interesting quotes from the Variety piece:

- "The situation with the famously eccentric director has been complicated by what sources say was the fact that Lynch had not been in contact with his longtime lawyer, Tom Hansen of Hansen Jacobson, before announcing his decision to depart. He is not believed to be repped by an agent or manager at the moment."

- "The tussle over the budget emerged after Lynch and Frost turned in the nine scripts they co-wrote and it became clear that the cost of production would be significantly higher than the budgets outlined in the original deal. Sources said Showtime was willing to kick in more coin but asked for concessions in other areas, including the profit participation definitions for Lynch and Frost."

- "Lynch had been on board to direct all nine episodes. Frost is said to be committed to the project and was also taken by surprise by Lynch’s public statements."

So, that is where we are now. Stay tuned...