If you have ever been to Dover, Ohio you have probably noticed the Warther Museum sign coming into town off of exit 83 on Interstate 77. The Warther Museum is by far the largest museum draw in the Dover/New Philadelphia,Ohio area. It makes it even that much more exciting to have a new discovery of Ernest “Mooney” Warther’s earliest carvings. The Warther home has been restored after 10 years of work to make it completely original in every detail as it would have been in the early 1900’s when Mooney was carving. A worker found the carving shown above in a hidden area of the roof section that was sealed off from the house. Mark Warther explains, ”He destroyed most of his early works because he didn’t feel they were good enough. The locomotive found is certainly not the quality of the works in the museum, but it shows my grandfathers progression from when he first started till he was on a level of world class art”. This summer, the Warther Museum, located in Dover, Ohio will expand its tour to include the original home of Ernest “Mooney” and Frieda Warther. The Warther’s created some of the world’s most intricate works of art and now, visitors can experience the entire story of these incredible people.
One thing that people outside of Dover may not know is that Mooney developed his own process for strengthening and tempering steel so that knifes would not easily dull. His first creation was a pairing knife for his Mother who had to deal with knifes that would dull very quickly. Today many consider the Warther Cutlery as heirloom quality and among the finest available anywhere in the world. If you purchase a knife set from the Warther Museum gift shop you can bring it in, or send it in, and they will sharpen the knifes for you for the life of the knife. The original workshop, built in 1912 is still used by family members. Mooney’s son, David and grandson, Mark may be seen at times carving in the workshop or creating wooden pliers for visitors.
The Smithsonian has referred to Mooney’s train carvings as priceless works of art. This is very impressive from a man that only received a second grade education. If you have never been to the Warther Museum in Dover then you are missing out on an incredible piece of history. You will hear wonderful stories of Mooney and how for him a great day would include some beer and ice cream. You will learn about his wife Frieda and visit her button house that contains over 73,000 different buttons.
The Warther Museum is an international tourist draw for the little town of Dover and will continue to draw visitors for years to come to the Tuscarawas Valley in Ohio. While visiting, if you are looking for a great local Bakery and coffee shop then you need to checkout Bread Head Bakery that is located at 113 West 3rd Street
Dover, OH 44622 (330) 602-2434 This is a draw for miles around and you will not be disappointed with the baked goods like Hippie Bread and the lunches that are not only reasonably priced but also can be defined as groovy and super cool. Not what you were expecting in a blog about Warther’s? Good, we like to mix it up a little bit here at iTownz where just like Bread Head our content is fresh, groovy, and totally awesome!
To learn more about Mooney and Frieda and the Warther Museum, please visit http://www.warthers.com/