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Greenwood home serves as ode to folk art fascination

Folk art fan Denny Lunn proudly displays his lineup of carvings inspired by legendary hockey players.
Folk art fan Denny Lunn proudly displays his lineup of carvings inspired by legendary hockey players.

GREENWOOD - Odd is right up Denny Lunn’s alley.

Take the lawn of his Greenwood property, for example. It’s adorned with some of the most peculiar characters one might ever lay eyes on.

And Lunn, an avid folk art collector, wouldn’t have it any other way.

With more than 50 carvings in his collection, the 84-year-old gravitates toward the unconventional.

“Anything that isn’t ordinary,” he adds with a laugh.

Collector Denny Lunn has the brightest lawn in Greenwood. His folk art pieces and painted creations span from one side of his property to the other.

“The oddest thing, that’s what I like. Even when I’m painting the rocks, I look for the oddest rocks because I see things in them that I can paint.”

The retired aircraft electrician has always been a collector. His home is evidence of this, showing how his hobby evolved from buttons to custom-ordered carvings of legendary hockey players that he gets from Bradford Naugler in Bridgewater.

“It was just something to keep my mind occupied,” said Lunn.

It seemed only fitting to develop a fascination with memorabilia while seeing the world through his military career.

“It was a great life,” he said.

Collector Denny Lunn has the brightest lawn in Greenwood. His folk art pieces and painted creations span from one side of his property to the other.

His house is even a collectible of sorts. He bought it in the centennial year, 1967, during his second posting to Greenwood.

“It was just what I wanted,” said Lunn, a father of four.

The Windsor native rented his home on Bridge Street out when his postings at 14 Wing Greenwood came to an end, always knowing there was a chance he’d return when he retired.

“My final posting was Charlottetown, recruiting of all things - and I just loved it. I missed my calling. I should have been a recruiter all of my life,” said Lunn, noting that he even had the two-year tour extended and prolonged his retirement to keep the job that had him out chatting with people for a living.

About 35 years into retirement, Lunn still loves to talk. Luckily, the eclectic folk art collection stretching from one side of his lawn to the other is a natural conversation starter.

“It’s crazy how it attracts people. I love talking to people… and if they don’t like to talk I leave them alone and find somebody that does,” he said with a grin.

Collector Denny Lunn has the brightest lawn in Greenwood. His folk art pieces and painted creations span from one side of his property to the other.

Lunn is happy to tell visitors about the kooky pieces he’s picked up at festivals or purchased from local artists.

 “It’s for me, but it’s for everybody else too,” he said. “It’s a hobby. It’s fun.”

He’s not one to watch a lot of television, Lunn added.

“When I’m not doing this I’m gardening and when I’m not gardening, after dark I sit down and paint,” he said.

“I keep busy.”

Collector Denny Lunn has the brightest lawn in Greenwood. His folk art pieces and painted creations span from one side of his property to the other.

 

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