Monday musings: Handmade soap and good, clean fun

The Warther Museum

The Great Northern Mountain-Style Locomotive – The script is hand-carved from ivory and inlaid into the wooden base!

This weekend, Matt and I made a journey down to Walnut Creek, Ohio (in the heart of Amish country) to add a bird to our birding life list. We added a Swainson’s Hawk as number 228 on our list. (Someone forgot to bring the cellphone attachment for the spotting scope so her pictures didn’t turn out very well.)

After seeing the bird, we noticed we weren’t far from Dover, Ohio, home of The Warther Museum. If you’re ever in this part of the country, this museum is worth the price of admission. Ernest “Mooney” Warther was an absolute genius with a second grade education. He carved amazing replicas of steam engines out of ebony, walnut and (gasp) ivory. In the 1920’s and 1930’s, the ivory Mooney used was as ethically sourced as you could get.  It came from elephants who had either died of natural causes or who were put down due to a disease in their tusks that caused them great pain, which in turn made them very dangerous.

Experts have studied his train replicas and have not been able to find a mistake or a missing detail. And all of his carvings were made to move. Ernest Warther was a true artist and I’m so happy I finally made it to his museum!

Handmade soap

There are so many creative soap makers that inspire us. Check out some of our favorite finds on Pinterest! (Are we pinning buddies there? We should be.)

Good, clean fun

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Ohio Amish Country is a beautiful place with rolling hills, quiet pastures and a lot of great places to visit. Planning a visit this fall? Check out our guides to shopping and dining in this unique part of Ohio.