Joseph Mendel, Furniture Maker, at the Greenbrier’s Art Colony Shops, Part 2

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Joseph Mendel, Furniture Maker, at the Greenbrier’s Art Colony Shops, Part 2


Joseph MendelYou will find the skilled artisan of wood, Joseph Mendel, working on a piece of furniture in his gallery, “Joseph Mendel Furniture Maker” any day of the week.  As I listened to Joseph talk and work you could feel his excitement of being able to create and carve beautiful pieces of wood. This was indeed a unique experience for me!



A big feat for Mendel and his wife, Linda, was opening the gallery in one month.  They arrived in June and the Joseph Mendel furniture gallery opened in July at The Greenbrier’s Art Colony on Alabama Row.  In the gallery, 19 pieces of his furniture are on display, and visitors/customers can watch Mendel at work, creating and carving beautiful pieces with decorative inlay.  Mendel also has a studio located in Lewisburg, WV.      


Originally from Queens, NY, Joseph Mendel attended Eastern Michigan University where he was certified to be a shop teacher.  He decided to specialize in period furniture and went to North Bennett Street School, the oldest and most prestigious furniture maker school in the country.  “Attending North Bennett, was the best because there I learned that there was nothing I couldn’t make.  The school was definitely a confidence builder for me”,  says Mendel.


With six years of formal education in the making of 17th to 19th century furniture, Mendel has trained with various master craftsmen since his teenage years, taking from each the penchant for wood.  He crafts each furniture piece with meticulous detail using finely tuned hand tools and skilled hands.  All wood is selected and used with care to take full advantage of its natural qualities.  Mendel says. “I work with time-tested joinery techniques and the highest quality materials, stressing construction of uncompromising standards."





"Creating custom fine furniture of exceptional quality and style is my passion.  I take pride in knowing a client has chosen to add a piece of my furniture to their home.”   Read Joseph Mendel’s philosophy on making furniture.    

For details on how they assemble furniture, checkout our Mendel’s furniture assembly page.


Joseph Mendel Furniture Gallery

Artist Colony at The Greenbrier Hotel
300 West Main Street
White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986

Hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily


Studio Location

118 W. Washington Street, 2nd Floor

Lewisburg WV  24901

Hours by Appointment Only


Phone: 304.536.1110 ext 7440





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This is the 2nd of the eight retail stores located at the Art Colony Shops at The Greenbrier.  If you missed the first post, check out Mackenzie-Dow Fine Furniture. Part 3 of the Greenbrier's Art Colony Shops will be on the Virtu Studio Gallery, featuring the handmade jewelry creations of Susan Chapman Thomas, and the beautiful and unique works of glass by artist Alex Brand.



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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Whoa...........neat stuff Rebecca......................

Sep 21, 2010 02:49 PM #1
Sonja Patterson
Keller Williams - BV - College Station, TX
Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou

Rebecca, my favorites are the desk and the stool with the missing piece that is the foot rest!! Very beautiful pieces!!  I hope Joseph Mendel Furniture Gallery gets a lot of business in their new location!

Sep 21, 2010 03:01 PM #2
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

What a great Localism post. Sounds like a great business. I had a chocolate lab for 15 years, and now we have a black one. Your dog is gorgeous!

Sep 21, 2010 03:49 PM #3
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Rebecca, thanks for posting this! I kept checking your blog to see if you had written a "Part 2" of Greenbrier's Art Colony Shops and I enjoyed your feature of furniture maker Joseph Mendel! :)


Sep 21, 2010 05:51 PM #4
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Roger, thank you!

Sonja, thanks, my favorite is the desk also.

Melissa,  thank you. I love our lab, Zeke....

Leilani, thank you for keeping up with the posts of the retail stores at the Greenbrier.

Sep 21, 2010 06:01 PM #5
Gabrielle Nemes
RE/MAX Realty South - Tumwater, WA
206.300.8421, S King & Pierce County RE Advocate
Oh darn! I really wnted to see this. Love custom and artisan furniture. But your second picture is displaying that nasty red X?
Sep 21, 2010 06:03 PM #6
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

Very cool!  My daughter is planning on going to school to become a carpenter/furniture maker - I'll send her your post!

Sep 21, 2010 06:10 PM #7
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Rebecca, those Greenbriar Shops sound like they would be a lot of fun to visit!  Great post and beautiful photos!

Sep 21, 2010 06:11 PM #8
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK


Such clean designed pretty pieces.  Love his style. 

He is truly an artist and a craftsman.

Sep 22, 2010 01:28 AM #9
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Gabrille, don't know what is going one else has complained, please try again.

Liz, how cool is will have a furniture maker in the family.

Tony, they really are and so interesting.

Judi, I agree.

Sep 22, 2010 02:12 AM #10
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Rebecca  That is an exciting and spectacular post - your slide show was extremely well done - I felt like I as there.  I will hit suggest - it is worthy

Sep 22, 2010 02:58 AM #11
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

This is great Localism material. This furniture gallery has an awesome store front and what a treat to actually watch the craftsman at work. Looking forward to number 3 

Sep 22, 2010 08:01 AM #12
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Great post, love the slide show!

Sep 22, 2010 01:38 PM #13
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Karen, thanks for the suggest and compliments

Ellie, thank you it was a unique experience.

Penny, thank you.

Sep 22, 2010 02:24 PM #14
Mickey McCoy
Coldwell Banker Stuart and Watts - Lewisburg, WV

Rebecca, I am glad you are writing about the Art Colony, as I have never shopped there, but will check it out.

Sep 23, 2010 02:58 AM #15
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

What a true artist!  I love to see and buy VERY local myself!

Sep 23, 2010 03:54 AM #16
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