A Little About Shenandoh Castings

Hello and thank you for visiting.

Shenandoah Castings LLC is a mom and pop operation ran by Akiko and I.

We’ve been in business for seven years and do this as a hobby.

We both have real jobs, but do concrete castings on the weekends and evenings.

My name is Dominic, I’m 40 years old and live in Front Royal, Virginia.

Most of my life was spent traveling because I was a military brat.  -Father is retired USMC

I’m an Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Virginia) Alumni. -BS Business Admin, IT

My hobbies: building cars and motorcycles, martial arts, web design, and creating casts.

I’m an automation test engineer (fancy title for tester) and work in West Virginia.

Monday thru Friday I’m working in an office doing IT stuff.  – Actually enjoy it now!

On the weekends I’m at home on the mountain working for Shenandoah Castings LLC.

I choose to live out in the country because I enjoy a simple relaxing lifestyle, hate noise!

Here’s me and one of my first casts of this gnome.

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Creating concrete casts was an idea my mother suggested many years ago.

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She is long gone now, but I’m not and neither is the idea.  -Mom loved this kind of stuff.

We make top quality, heavy duty, and awesome statuary, garden benches, and baths.

Each piece is individually made and care is taken to ensure it turns out as nice as possible.

All casts are made with quality materials and if taken care of correctly will last a long time.

While in the mold the casts are vibrated down to eliminate ALMOST all of the air pockets.

antique vibrating table

By using a vibrating table our products turn out much stronger and very smooth.

We use a vibrating table, a wand, and a stand alone vibrating industrial motor.

Although we do vibrate everything down there are still sometimes bubbles/pits.

Please keep in mind this IS NOT marble or granite and will have a concrete finish.

On some of the painted items (i.e., the jockeys) we’ll putty pits to make it smoother.

We don’t make marble/granite items, only concrete.

vibrating table

Antique vibrating table – They just don’t make stuff this cool anymore!

Some enjoy a rougher texture and say it makes the product look more authentic.

Let us know what texture will work for you and we’ll make it happen.

A rougher texture is very good for mosaics – provides more surface area for bonding.

The bottom line: We put in the extra work to make high quality concrete products.

Here’s some pictures of my staff (they don’t have much of a choice).

General Laborer – Akiko

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Chief Financial Officer – Hana

Vanilla is head of Quality Control

Our castings are not like what you’ll find in the chain stores.

These are much more solid, smooth, reinforced, and individually handmade.

When I say reinforced I’m talking about the bench top having two 3/8″ rebar spans.

The Cavalier Lawn Jockey is completely framed out with rebar.

Also, the legs and arms on our statuary have the same reinforcement in single spans.

I do this because I enjoy making quality products.

We only make products I, my wife, or my daughter personally like.

Please contact us with any questions, or if you’d like to come by and check them out.

lil' Kobito - our newest tool

lil’ Kobito – our newest tool

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