Still in progress, this specific instrument is currently being created and hand crafted to commemorate the “Tour of Smiles”, a now 23+ year and still ongoing journey that began with a declaration to my wife as she lay dying from cancer. The moniker, “CanJoe*John”, was bestowed by her on one of her toughest days during her illness.
Herschel R. Brown (deceased), the official originator of the earliest design of these instruments, had given one of the very first of his then newly created instruments and that he’d personally made, to me. Using that same instrument to entertain her on that very tough day she was experiencing, it was noticed that even in the worst of times of her suffering, the music from that instrument automatically brought a smile to her face. It was upon that discovery that both the name, “CanJoe*John”, and the “Tour of Smiles” originated. The many embellishments added to this specific instrument are symbols commemorating the journey. Updates and more detailed descriptions, as well as more of the related history surrounding this instrument being created will soon follow. ~ CanJoe*John