Welcome to Chinook Guitars
Hi, my name is Kevin
Turner and I'm the resident Luthier.
Thanks for stopping in. Please have a look through the site, if you have
any comments or questions
please feel free to contact me
or the links within the site.
Mailing: Po. Box#
1228 Coleman, Alberta TOK OMO
Street: 7539 17 Avenue Coleman, Crowsnest Pass, AB
About the Business
Chinook Guitars was established in 2003 with the focus on repairing
restoring stringed instruments. My early work caught the attention of
well-known luthier Judy Threet, who graciously guided me through
construction of my first guitars.
the shop grew, I was able to start stocking items of particular interest
to guitarists while maintaining the focus on hand-built guitars,
restorations, and custom inlay work. In this little shop, the
of the instruments always comes first. It is this niche market
allowed me to move the shop into ďThe PassĒ.
Working from home until the building is restored, itís my intention
the shop will evolve to meet the needs of the community. Iím currently
stocking the basics such as strings, cables, tuners and the like, and can bring in many items
that can be found in a large music store on request. In the
future, I plan to start holding live music events, regular jams and
For now, the shop is
closed Sunday and Monday and "open" Thursdays
from 2:00 until 6:00 and Saturdays from 10:00 until 4:00. Outside
of these hours,
I'm likely around and can help you out, but I would appreciate a call if you
want to stop by so
I can make some time for you as I may be knee-deep in a vintage guitar.
is a wondrous place with some really great people; I could not
excited about making sweet music in the valley.
Enjoy the site and
thanks for your interest.
Calgary and Lethbridge
While it's always best if we can meet at my bench, I do make it
into each town once a month or so, often to pick up supplies and
swap instruments with people. As such, I have a couple of
very safe places, (humidity!) where we can meet or instruments
can be dropped off. From there, I've found e-mail a great
way to communicate with each other during the process.
About the Move:
I'm doing the same things, just at a
more manageable pace with a bit
more peace. The "Pass" is a little over two hours from
Calgary and a little over an hour from Lethbridge so don't be shy about a visit. There will be room for overnight
stays to accommodate friends and customers for repair, restoration and building
consultations, and for just plain fun. I miss many of my old
customers and friends so I hope to see ya soon.
Here's the new digs; three
on Historic Main Street in Coleman, Crowsnest Pass Alberta.
Guitar Building Gallery
A highlight reel of the process of building a guitar by hand.
The website is up and running.
Yeah!!! There will be many changes, updates, edits and
additions as time and energy
allow. Please be kind, I'm a much better luthier than
Assaults on the English language will be
corrected as found, ( I'm a poor editor at best).
I'm having a little trouble with picture
quality; high resolution
pictures can be e-mailed on request
Links to outline topics will appear as
they are completed.
Local Live Music
Support your local musician and the folks that
give us a place to play.
- Blackbird Coffee House
- A great little spot on the highway in Coleman.
- The Grand Union Hotel
- Saturday Night Rock 'n' Roll in Historic Downtown