Skilled carvers are capable of shaping any material into a work of art, such as turning a stick of butter into a working television remote or a block of ice into a smaller, more beautiful block of ice. Witness sliced-and-diced masterpieces with today's Groupon: for $6, you get admission (up to a $13 value) to the Warther Museum in Dover.
The Warther Museum, which was named Best Museum of 2010 by CityVoters, houses the Warther family's collection of intricately carved steam locomotives, more than 73,000 buttons, and more. The heart of the museum is Ernest Warther's wood, ebony, and ivory carvings of working steam engines, which include the Empire State Express, an eight-foot-long ivory train that was used to transport the Brooklyn Dodgers to state fairs. Mr. Warther, who earned the title World's Master Carver in the ’20s, also carved and displayed presidential canes and a working reproduction of a steel mill where he once worked.
The Warther Museum's button collection, the product of Freida Warther's lifelong hobby, is artfully displayed on the walls and ceilings of the button house in elaborate patterns. Visitors can also watch knife-makers in action, using traditional techniques to build sharpened steel instruments capable of easily cutting through steak or out-of-date children's encyclopedias.
- Very interesting and informative museum. My family ejoyed [sic] the museum and learning about the beginnings of Warther Cutlery. – Joan H., CityVoter
- The craftmanship, the displays, the workshop and gift shop were all unbeliviable. [sic] Plus the staff were [sic] wonderful. I loved every moment we spent there. – Colleen S., CityVoter