April 14, 2024
Sandcastle constructing distinctive {custom} furnishings in former Fall River mill
Sandcastle constructing distinctive {custom} furnishings in former Fall River mill

FALL RIVER — The town’s mills have been as soon as the epitome of mass manufacturing, however inside an area that when held the nation’s largest textile firms, two individuals working side-by-side produce custom-made objects which might be one in every of a form. 

Sandi Castleman and Daniel Gilbey personal Sandcastle, a {custom} furnishings firm at 104 Anawan St. that for the previous 35 years has created the whole lot from enterprise and restaurant shows to tables to radiator covers — even cat habitats. The whole lot they make is constructed to order and crafted by hand.  

Like sandcastles, Castleman and Gilbey create merchandise out of individuals’s imaginations; in contrast to sandcastles, their furnishings is constructed to final. It’s the other of a spot like IKEA, which mass-produces low-cost and flimsy furnishings — the place “you don’t purchase it, you hire it,” Castleman mentioned. 

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Sandi Castleman and Daniel Gilbey in the studio at Sandcastle.

What makes Sandcastle’s furnishings particular? 

“We solely use wooden — no composite something,” Castleman mentioned. 

In addition they pleasure themselves on making furnishings that’s eco-friendly, pure, sustainably sourced, with no or little unstable natural compounds.  

“Our plywood is PureBond, which is a soy-based glue as an alternative of a formaldehyde-based glue,” Castleman mentioned. “And my paint — you’ll be able to eat it in case you like, nevertheless it’s disgusting.”  

Sandi Castleman in the studio with a custom radiator cover. The grille is created out of 3 miles of string.

In a area of the nation that is lengthy been reliant on radiator warmth, Sandcastle makes a speciality of creating custom-designed radiator covers of each form, dimension and elegance, making them into items of furnishings that combine seamlessly into the remainder of the home’s décor.  

“We don’t use metallic in any respect. There’s no actual unhazardous primer for metallic. And the whole lot that we do, once we do radiator covers particularly, is all chemical-free,” Castleman mentioned, noting that when a metallic radiator cowl heats up, compounds within the primer can break down and off-gas.