Monday, August 15, 2011

A Visit To The Warther Museum,Grounds,and Family Home


The Warther Museum is a must see if you are anywhere near Dover,Ohio in east-central Ohio.

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“The museum showcases the 64 ebony, ivory and walnut train carvings created by Ernest “Mooney” Warther, a one-of-a-kind collection that has been appraised by the Smithsonian Institution as a “priceless work of art.” READ MORE


“Warther was considered by many to be an artist, mechanical genius, philosopher, inventor, collector, family man, showman, and knife maker who used his focus and determination to create so much with only a second grade education.” READ MORE ..The museum really does have an excellent web site. so go ahead and click on read more.Admission to the museum and grounds is reasonable and you can take pictures.


The above photo shows “Mooney” and part of the steel mill he carved from memory and used to work at. The bottom right photo shows the ”workings” under the model. |Yes it is a working model.



Philosopher – Mooney Warther:: “Start right where you are and act as if no one is trying to hinder you.”


Dover is close to  the Amish and Mennonite communities in Sugarcreek.


Now, a look at the workshops and gift store:::

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I bought a:: 3.25" Long Paring Knife  The knife is designed for people with larger hands, or someone who just prefers a larger paring knife style. A little expensive but is by far the best knife I’ve ever owned.. Not to be put in the dishwasher but you do get lifetime sharpening.

  • Slightly larger handle than the Paring Knife
  • Great for peeling or digging the eyes out of potatoes.
  • Handcrafted from CPM® S35VN Steel.
  • Let’s head outside and see the grounds and the Warther Home::



    Bottom right photo shows the 100 year old Grape Arbor out the back door Last but nor least::: Mrs. Warther collected buttons and the are in the “Button House”


    73,000 buttons arranged in beautiful designs on the walls and ceiling. Yes those are some of the 5,000 arrowheads bottom right photo


    frameddownthetracks Appreciate you stopping by and I hope you have a great life. If you like museums The Warther Museum is special. The museum is also a stop on:AmericasByways_tucked_thClick on logo to check it out. 

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    One last item I found very interesting; Mooney Warther was fascinated by Abraham Lincoln as you can tell if you visit the museum. Here is a a link to Abraham Lincoln’s favorite poem LINK .. I didn’t even know old Abe had a favorite poem.. live and learn |I guess.


    Kay Dennison said...

    Dang!!! You were just down the road a piece from me!!!! I love the Warther Museum and never get tired of it. Email me if you get up this way again and we'll see if we can do lunch!!!!

    Betsy Banks Adams said...

    Hi There, I like catching up with you and getting here by Facebook. Neat!!!!

    WOW--that man was super talented.. Love the trains and all of those tiny details. AND--his wife was talented also... Cannot get over the buttons.. What a neat place. Thanks for sharing.

    Sylvia K said...

    An amazing man and what a terrific post for the day, Joe! Thanks for sharing!!


    eileeninmd said...

    Wow, they are cool trains. The carvings and details are amazing. I lvoe the buttons and the arrowheads too. What a neat collection. Thanks for sharing, wonderful photos.

    SandyCarlson said...

    Downright fascinating! So worth the trip. Thank, Joe!

    Anonymous said...

    Lovely carvings, but I do find the idea of ivory very off-putting in this day and age.

    Samson said...

    Wonderful post Joe. cool photos... thanks for taking us along

    Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

    What a great place -- we love stuff like this. He was a true talent -- just born with it obviously.

    I love that his wife had to have a hobby too! Wonderful.

    Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

    73,000 buttons, I wonder how long they took to make these designs.

    Veronica said...

    An interesting place and post! Phew imagine all those buttons...

    Visiting and linking for thee first time from Cape Town


    Cassy said...

    Thanks for sharing those photos. It makes me like having a tour in the museum as well.

    Cassy from Acoustic Guitar Lessons

    Unknown said...

    Absolutely Fabulous! Have to see it if you appreciate crafts!