The One & Only David Warther

Submitted photo. David Warther is best known for his intricate, scale model replicas of historical ships.

*This feature first appeared in The Budget’s Aug. 16, 2017, Local Edition.

Known today for his elaborate carvings depicting the history of the sailing ship, David Warther II spent some time during his 20s working for “Corporate America.” It was the worst idea he says he has ever had. His worst job was actually one where he served as a supervisor for a company that manufactured liquified air.

Luckily for David and those who enjoy his ships, he managed to find his way back into the arts.

Here are a few other fun facts about this week’s One & Only:

Full name: David Warther II

Family members: Parents: David & Joanne Warther; wife: Maryruth Warther; son: David Warther III

Hobbies: Planting a ground covering known as pachysandra

Organizations involved with: David Warther Carvings

Favorite television show(s): Hogan’s Heroes

Favorite movie(s): The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Last book I read: “Commentary on Hosea” by Stephen Jones

First job: Working for my dad cleaning his knife factory shop when I was 5.

Favorite childhood memory: Being at home with Mom & Dad

Favorite music: Classical

Favorite food: BBQ chicken

Best idea(s) I ever had: To carve the history of the ship

Three words that describe me: One cannot describe one’s self. That is for others and our creator to do.

I am known for my: Work in ivory

I’d give anything to meet: The Ancient Patriarchs Moses, David & Solomon

I try very hard to hide the fact that I: am afraid of heights

The career I fantasize about having is: What I am doing but without the opposition and oppression of the government

If there is one thing I have learned in life, it is: That God is intricately involved in even the smallest details of our lives and that justice and fairness will be seen in this world or the next and usually in both.

People would be surprised to know that: I cannot turn around fast without getting dizzy and falling down.

The one thing I would still like to try is: Hiking part or all of the Appalachian Trail.

If I could give any gift to anyone in the world, it would be: A gift of curing people of their illnesses.

If given the opportunity, I would ask the President: Why he could not totally dissolve all of the federal agencies that exist today that were not authorized by the U.S. Constitution as being part of the work of the federal government but were to be left to the states if they wanted such agencies and programs.

People tell me I remind them of: a non-funny Steve Martin

Choose a movie title for the story of your life: As Good as I Could Do

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why? To cure people of their illnesses so they can be free to do the work God has for them to do here – without whining about their aching bones, etc.

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