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David Warther Carvings & Gift Shop, Sugarcreek

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David Warther Carvings & Gift Shop is the newest attraction to open in Ohio’s Amish country and by all accounts it is the most unique and fascinating of the things to see in the area. The carving exhibit features the artwork of David Warther, a nationally recognized maritime artist.

Located between Walnut Creek and Sugarcreek on State Route 39, the exhibit of intricate carvings opened May 4th in a new 10,000 square foot facility.

The carvings created by Warther depict the “History of the Ship” from 1st Dynasty Egypt, 3000 B.C. to the present day, and collectively form an artistic and highly educational exhibit. With over 80 major works in the collection, David carves daily in his on-sight workshop to add to this unique and amazing display.



Carving from antique ivory and ebony wood, Warther’s exacting works are made primarily with hand held jeweler’s saws and extreme miniature files along with many hand tools he has fashioned from tool steels. Visitors are especially intrigued by the rigging on the sailing ships. David has perfected a special method whereby the antique ivory rigging is hand worked to seven thousandths of an inch in diameter before being applied to the ship. David developed this hand filing and sanding method for making “ivory threads” at the age of 13. He demonstrates this technique, and other carving methods, from his workshop on a daily basis.

David is a 5th generation carver of Swiss heritage and has lived his life in this area. His passion for ships and for carving is very real as visitors attest when seeing his works and meeting with him at the exhibit.

The exhibit consists of 5 spacious rooms dedicated to different eras of ship building. The medieval room with its Viking ships and others is a favorite among visitors. The maritime themed art project began when Warther was 17 and continues to this day. The exhibit is operated by a locally governed non-profit organization chartered with preserving and displaying this unique collection of artwork that has been entrusted to its care.

The DWC is not only a fine art exhibit but is home to the DWC Gift Shop which has become an attraction in itself and can be visited separately. The gift shop features many unique items made by Amish furniture and craft artisans as well as pottery, glassware, jewelry and other items.



David Warther Carvings is an enjoyable place to visit for every member of the family, any season of the year. The hilltop portico and clock tower pavilion just outside the main exhibit building provide exceptional views and photo options of neighboring Amish farms. Additional information, hours and directions can be found at www.warther.org.
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  • We lucked out as just as we arrived at the museum David Warther was guiding a tour. It was a privilege to listen to a man who has such an amazing talent. Given that his passion for carving ships from ...  more »
  • Great craftsmanship and a fabulous gift shop too. The collection of ships is something to see. Take time to view all the detail that David puts into his work.  more »
  • If you have visited the incredibly detailed wood train carvings at the Warther museum in Dover, then you will be equally amazed at grandson David's museum in Sugarcreek that displays his ivory carving...  more »
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  • Got to talk to David Warther himself!! He was very personable and took his craft very seriously. To describe it in one word.. Inspiring!!
  • It was amassing the way he carves, those little ships out. $ 10 each for adults, $ 9 each for Seniors. Go it is awesome.
  • Great exhibit. Great artist. Got to meet the man himself and ask him questions.....priceless!!
  • It's very Cool! We had a good time, and we took a lot of photos.
  • A unique museum housing the works of a world-class woodcarver. Well worth a couple of hours to visit. Take the guided tour to hear the full story.