Hello, my name’s Larry Maxie ,the Founder, Designer and Craftsman of Maxiewoodcrafts.net . My latest creation is a Custom Walking Cane designed like a real Guitar.
Inspiration and Beginning
My inspiration came from a walking cane I purchased and brought back from Uganda while on a mission trip with our church 22 years ago . While sitting in my car one day listening to music with my cane I noticed that I was holding and playing it like a guitar. I quickly thought that’s a great idea, a walking cane designed like a real guitar! That was the beginning of crafting my custom Guitar Walking Canes.
I was so inspired I began the following day constructing my first walking cane in my wood shop. I elected to craft my Guitar Canes with mahogany wood which is very hard, durable and resist warping or twisting. Mahogany finishes beautifully and is often used for musical instruments, particularly the backs, sides and necks of acoustic guitars and drum shells. Mahogany is also very popular as a body wood for electric guitars, popularized initially by Gibson Guitar Corporation.
Finishes and Coatings
I finish some canes with natural wood tone stains and apply several layers of a clear protective polyurethane; the toughest of the clear coatings. Then a clear protective finish over the top . Some canes are finished with a colored stain or creatively painted and a top coat . Its applied to protect the finish and give it a beautiful glossy shine.
Really there’s no limit to the different styles or shapes of Guitar Canes or colors. The type and finish really depends on one’s taste. Some people prefer the natural wood tone finish, some prefer painted, while some prefer a touch of both. I’m the artist aiming to satisfy my customers taste! If you have a favorite guitar in mind , I do take custom orders . All my canes are priced differently, according to the amount of detail involved .
Crafting and Assembly
I cut all my parts for the body, neck, fret board and end piece from mahogany wood as well. Using my scroll saw, wood plane, wood lathe, dermal tool and table saw I hand craft all parts. Each piece is then carefully assembled just like you would build a real guitar.
The guitar canes are hand made from scratch , also adding various items to the design to make it look like a real Guitar. These creations take me anywhere from 40 to 50 hours to make .
I also make the Maxie Masters Cross Cane. Made with oak or mahogany or both. As we all know there is" NO BETTER CRUTCH THAN THE CROSS " With these canes I also include a hand held clinging cross made out of mahogany to complete this one of a kind cane of encouragement.
Each guitar cane comes with a shoulder strap so you never need to lean or lay your cane down at any time. Each of my canes are signed and numbered.
The last and one of the most important pieces added is the cane tip.
I do not get in a hurry while making these canes. I take my time to ensure the beauty of each cane is achieved. It’s very relaxing designing these canes. I’m amazed at the end result of the beauty of each cane. Then I think of the joy people will get while using these canes and this brings me great joy.
I myself am amazed at the attention one receives while out for the day as you boogie woogie on your way. It takes away the shame of depending on a walking cane to get around and that's where the phrase NO SHAME CANE came into existence. Now that will surely allow you to walk with your head held high and wear a really big smile. I continually have folks stop me while Im out asking questions about my cane and taking pictures. Every day is an adventure with my new walking cane and leads me in a way where no man has traveled before.