V. Mignanelli & Son, located at 418 Maple Street in Warwick, RI has been in business since 1945. Victor Mignanelli started the family business after moving to America from Italy in 1920. He was a very talented man that could do anyhing with a piece of wood. Victor made a banjo shaped clock made of curly maple with gold leaf and brass trimming which was originally made for President John F. Kennedy. The President never got to enjoy this beautiful piece because sadly, he was assasinated before its completion. However, the piece was delivered and acknowledged by the Presidents' brother in a letter to Victor that was thanking him for his work and also admiring his talents.
Victor's son, Joseph Roland was also born with the talent to build, refinish and repair just about any piece of furniture. Back in the early days they were also known for being cabinetmakers. Like his father, Roland, who will turn 85 this year, is still working full time in the shop.
He has three sons that all worked in the shop when they were old enough and the youngest one Ron, is the only one that remained with the family business throughout his life.
Rons' son, Ron Jr. is now the fourth generation to carry on the family legacy. Ron loves what he does. And he does it well.
Ron has been given the gift of talent bestowed on him both from his father and grandfather to repair, refinish or build furniture. The shop has developed a large following over the years that now Ron works with third and fourth generation of families that have appreciated the true workmanship, knowledge and personal care that is given to each and every piece of furniture they take in.
There are heirlooms that have been in the families for years that people are amazed at how they look when they leave the shop.