David Warther Carvings & Gift Shop opens in Amish country

SUGARCREEK – David Warther Carvings & Gift Shop is among the newest attractions to open in Ohio’s Amish country.

Open since May, the carving exhibit features the artwork of David Warther II. The carvings created by Warther depict the “History of the Sailing Ship.”

Warther, a fifth-generation carver of Swiss descent and grandson of the late Ernest “Mooney” Warther, creates his carvings of legal antique ivory and ebony wood. His works are made with the use of blueprints and drawings furnished by maritime scholars and researchers.

Warther’s works have been displayed at major maritime exhibitions in New England since 1983.

The new exhibit consists of five rooms dedicated to different eras of shipbuilding.

The maritime-themed art project began when Warther was 17 and continues as he works on his 80th carving. The exhibit is operated by a locally governed nonprofit organization.

Guided tours are conducted by local Amish and Mennonite guides and often enough by the carver himself.

The DWC is home to the DWC Gift Shop, which can be visited separately.

The DWC is located at 1775 state Route 39. Information, hours and directions can be found at www.warther.org.