We are open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10-4. We are open Thursday thru Saturday 10-5.
We will be closed December 24th, 25th and 26th. We will be open on the 27th, 28th and 29th. We will be closed December 30th and 31st.
We will be open very irregular hours in January as this is our off-season and we will be closed throughout February for museum display renovation work. Check website for updates.
Come and view the work of David Warther, a fifth generation carver of Swiss heritage, who is continuing his family's carving legacy in the center of Ohio's beautiful Amish country.
The carvings created by David are intricately worked of antique ivory, ebony wood and abalone pearl. Each of the 90 works (and counting!) is heavily engraved through the art form known as scrimshaw. David works daily in his on-site workshop where he is creating the "History of the Ship" from 1st Dynasty Egypt, circa 3000 B.C., to the present day. This unique art collection-museum forms an artistic and highly educational exhibit that culturally enriches all who view these extraordinary works of art.
Ancient Merchant Ship
Modern Merchant Ship
David Warther Carvings is a leading Ohio attraction located in the center of Ohio's Amish community. The exhibit features over 90 carvings made by David Warther, a 5th generation carver of Swiss heritage who works daily in his on-site workshop where he regularly demonstrates carving techniques and tools including his hand filing and sanding method of making the ivory rigging lines. The carvings created by Warther depict the "History of the Ship" from 1st Dynasty Egypt to the present day. Our carver works with old legal estate elephant tusks that are donated to the museum from estate collections in the United States. Created in miniature ....Read More →
David's new book Working in Ivory - The Story of the Warther Carvers is now available! Be the first to read this fascinating history of the Warther family & carvers.
A snippet from the back cover:
In the Amish countryside of east central Ohio there exist a rarity—two museums and a knife factory all bearing the name Warther. These are not typical small town history museums. They are dynamic exhibits of unique American art. Both museums and the cutlery facility are nationally known for their excellent craftsmanship.
This book tells the story of the two carver-artists, grandfather and grandson, and the man in the generation between them who developed the knife factory and is solely responsible for building the first museum that inspired the second.
100% of the money from book sales go to our non-profit museum. This intriguing book has 325 pages and 60 photographs. Books that are purchased direct from our museum will be signed by David and shipped directly to you. These books are also available from Amazon as a printed book or as a Kindle eBook.
Purchase by phone to 330-852-6096 or buy online below. Price is $19.95 + $6.00 shipping.
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