Museum Hours


See the paragraph below explaining our winter hours.

Current Hours

January thru March is our quiet time of the year when we are, at times, closed for display renovations and other work as well as for inclement weather. Most folks call to schedule a personal tour-visit during this winter time period although you can drive by and see if we  are open! We are oftentimes open when our website shows us as closed.

There is no additional cost for a personal tour-visit; regular museum admission rates apply. Call to schedule a personal tour with Carver Dave at 330-852-6096.

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 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.

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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 Pocket Knives

The Knives are Here !

Just arrived in the fall of 2019 ! David's pocketknives are available at or via the link seen below. All proceeds (100% of the sales price) go to the museum to help support the work we are doing here as an educational and inspirational exhibit that is open for the benefit of the visiting public.


Location and Hours

1775 State Route 39
Sugarcreek, Ohio   44681
(330) 852-6096
Current Hours:
Starting January 3rd for the winter season we we do not advertise open hours because while we are usually open we close at a moment's notice due to weather or due to our display change work within the exhibit which may cause us to be unavailable. Our winter hours are unpredictable but if you have interest in scheduling a private tour please call to arrange one. Our number is 330-852-6096. There is no extra charge for a private tour. Regular admission rates apply. Carver Dave will likely be your tour guide!

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