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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 stopped at this spot on a lark and wow! Four or five rooms with scale models of sailing ships all done in ivory. Even the rigging. What David has created is incredible. Our guide was very knowledge...  more »
  • First of all, having been a child once and raised several, I would say this museum is not for children, especially if they are not tall enough to see in the display cases. Teens would also get bored h...  more »
  • The workmanship and attention to detail of these models is fantastic. To be honest I am not a "Ship" fan but I could really appreciate the talent of Dave Warther. I did notice on another recent review...  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.

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