Intricate carvings of over 80 miniature sailing ships made of antique ivory and ebony wood with unbelievable and breathtaking details is a sight awaiting visitors to the new David Warther Carvings in Sugarcreek, Ohio. It is approximately a 90 minute drive from Cleveland to Sugarcreek.
David Warther Carvings Open since May and located in the heart of Ohio Amish country, the 5 room exhibit in David Warther Carvings depicts the "History of the Ship" with carvings of ships dating back to ancient Egypt and going through modern times all created by 5th generation master carver David Warther. Tour guides are available to explain each specific historical period along with maps on the walls in each room for added information.
The display rooms include Ancient ships (30 carvings from 3000, B.C. through the Roman era), Medieval (17 carvings from 500 A.D, to 1492), the Age of Exploration (11 carvings from 1492-1800) and Modern (20 carvings from 1800 - the present).
Carving daily in his on-site workshop, Warther uses hand- held jeweler's saws, extreme miniature files and special hand tools made by Warther himself from tool steels to create his exquisitely detailed ship carvings. Warther's works are designed by using drawings and blueprints that he has obtained from maritime researchers and scholars.
One aspect of the creative process that always intrigues visitors is the miniature ivory rigging on each ship that Warther fashions from ivory that has been hand- filed down to seven thousandths of an inch in diameter before being applied to the ship.
Engraving of the ships is done with a process known as scrimshaw where fine lines are scored on the highly polished antique ivory surface with a hand held stylus. Ink is applied to the scored surface while the polished areas remain white. Scrimshaw helps bring details alive on the ship's tiny doors, windows and planking.
Among some of the famous ships on display include The Royal Ship of Pharaoh Cheops, Christopher Columbus' Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hinde, Henry Hudson's Half Moon, the Mayflower, the HMS Bounty, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's Niagara and the USS Constitution.
The ships are enclosed in glass cases which are enhanced by magnifying glasses in the cases that give visitors a super close-up look at the amazing intricate details on the carvings.
While there be sure to check out the natural history display showing various types of ivory from different animals including fossil walrus tusks (that date back 20,000 years) and ancient wooly mammal tusks.
Outside of David Warther Carvings don't miss taking a climb to the top of the 30 foot-high brick clock tower in the parking lot that gives visitors a spectacular view of the picturesque Amish countryside.
Hours for David Warther Carvings are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday (April - October). Check back for Winter hours. The museum is closed on Sundays. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children (7-18). Children 6 and under are free.
For more information on David Warther Carvings call 330-852-6096 or get online at www.warther.org.
David Warther Carvings is located at 1775 State Route 39 in Sugarcreek, Ohio. It is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Cleveland.