Museum Hours

We are always closed on Sundays.


Current Hours

We are open Monday 10 am to 4 pm and Tuesday-Saturday we are open 10 am to 5 pm. We are always closed on Sunday.

We will be closed on Monday September 2nd in observance of Labor Day.

Welcome to

David Warther Carvings

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 92 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.

Working in Ivory

Half Moon (1609 AD) →

Modern Merchant Ship

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"Worth the Trip to Amish Country Alone"

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Ancient Ship Room. Carvings from estate elephant tusk ivory.
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Medieval Ship Room. Carvings from estate elephant tusk ivory.
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Ship Carvings from estate elephant tusk ivory.

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 Warther Book

Book Now Available

Working in Ivory

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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Location and Hours

1775 State Route 39
Sugarcreek, Ohio   44681
(330) 852-6096
We are open Monday from 10 am to 4 pm. Tuesday - Saturday we are open 10 am to 5 pm. We are always closed on Sunday.

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