Warther Museum, .5 mi. e. of I-77 exit 83 at 331 Karl Ave., showcases 64 ebony, ivory and walnut train carvings created by “world master carver” Ernest “Mooney” Warther. A highlight is the Tree of Pliers—more than 500 interconnecting pairs of working pliers carved out of a solid piece of walnut. Also included are carvings depicting Abraham Lincoln's life and death and an arrowhead collection.
The 1-hour tour of the facility includes the knife shop where third and fourth generations continue to make kitchen cutlery. Visitors can stroll through Mrs. Warther's Swiss-style gardens in the 8-acre park surrounding the original home. Her button collection, numbering more than 73,000 pieces, is also displayed.