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David Warther Carvings, 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
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  • This was our second trip to David Warher Carvings. ( We previously visited his smaller facility in Sugarcreek.) His new facility is beautiful and his carvings are displayed well for all to see...  more »
  • Visiting the museum was such a great experience. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable. David's carvings are of such excellent quality and the displays are well done. It was a special treat talking....  more »
  • To see the talent of this person is breathtaking. He carved all these wonderful ships in such detail and accuracy. Great place to take children to see no only some ship history, but to see such wonderful talent. If you go during the week you can also watch Mr. Weather carve. He is self taught and started when he was 6 years old.
  • The talent of this man is unbelievable. He started carving when 6 years old and still carving today. He makes every part of the ship by hand. Wonderful experience for children and the whole family. On some weekdays you can still watch Mr. Weather carve. The ships are not for sale, but the detail of each is amazing and they are labeled. They have tours, but you can go back and take your time viewing the ships.

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