We forge heirloom quality pieces to help you forge memories.
With backgrounds in construction, custom furniture, product design, photography and art, Steve and Sandy Schoettle envisioned a business that combined their respective crafts and a passion for bringing people together. Today, the Schoettles and their team of talented artisans have built just that with a line of legacy pieces that perfect the fireside experience. Outdoor gatherings around a roaring fire and the simple, meaningful traditions they foster are the cornerstone of the Sea Island Forge lifestyle.
Since the Schoettle’s signature product, the Sea Island Forge Fire Kettle, made its successful debut at the Sea Island Farmer’s Market in 2014, the growing team of metalsmiths hasn’t looked back and introduces new designs regularly.
Co-founder & Owner
Along Steve’s journey from art major at Auburn University to professional contractor, he took an interest in the art of welding and enrolled in classes to learn the technical aspects of metalwork. Add that technical skill to his artistic and design talent, and Steve soon became well known for his custom metalwork in the construction industry.
But as their children left for college, Steve and Sandy also had a vision for a business that would allow them to work together, travel and meet interesting people and SIF was born. The business has flourished and as a co-owner, Steve has new roles to play, yet he is still active at the Forge developing and creating new products and custom work.
“My SIF creative philosophy is form follows function. Our products need to look good, but most importantly they need to work perfectly.”
Co-founder & Owner
Sandy is a native of Connecticut who grew up in southern Florida. Having spent countless evenings by beachside bonfires up and down the East coast, she is well acquainted with the traditions that form the ideology behind the company. “It’s all about relationships for us, deepening the ones we have and developing new ones. All of that happens effortlessly around the fire.”
An accomplished photographer and artist, Sandy has partnered with her husband Steve to bring the idea of SIF to life. “We took our ongoing conversations and ideas - many of which originated over a meal by an outdoor fire - and started a company that we could build and enjoy together as our children left the nest,” says Sandy.
Corbet "Sarge" Nichols,
Running the day-to-day operations at the Forge is a force to be reckoned with who we affectionately call “Sarge”. And after serving two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Army, he has most decidedly earned that respect.
Raised on a horse ranch in Oklahoma, Sarge is definitely an outdoorsman. An avid hunter and fisherman, he’s also a husband and gentle giant Dad to two little girls and a son. Sarge also gives back to homeless vets and his local church raising money with his handmade wooden flags and farmhouse tables. And ask him his favorite movie, without hesitation.... Lonesome Dove. To sum it up, Sarge lives by one code -- God, Family, Country.
Randie Whisenant, Welder & Studio Supervisor
Randie is a Master Blacksmith, metal studio manager and team leader. He oversees production in the workshop. Both of his grandfathers were blacksmiths and he is proud to be keeping the tradition alive. He is a modern-day Viking and loves leading reenactments and fabricating historically accurate weapons and lifestyle pieces from mead horns to shields. Randy’s son Gerrick has joined the team at Sea Island Forge to further his family legacy.
Al is a metalsmith apprentice that is so hard-working and diligent that there have been times that he has to be told it’s time to take off the gloves, it’s the end of the day. A natural conversationalist, his charm is welcomed at the trade shows educating customers on Sea Island Forge. When he’s not working, Al’s passion is restoring war artifacts.
Gerrick is following in his father’s footsteps as a blacksmith. He is the youngest member of the team but happens to be the tallest! He knew at a young age that being a blacksmith was what he was meant to do. Gerrick never lets the grass grown under his feet, you’ll always find him with a purpose-welding, fabricating parts and cleaning the studio.
Mike is a Brunswick, GA native with many many years of metalwork experience. He loves working with his hands, which is very convenient for his Honey Do lists! And probably why he’s been married for 38 years. He has 2 sons and 2 grandsons that call him Papa. He loves spending time with them outdoors and built a birdhouse with the older one. He enjoys his workshop and you can find him there making knives and special woodworking projects.
For a man who is part artist and part welder, Sea Island Forge is the perfect place for Dan. He loves building and creating with his hands, and the attention to detail that welding requires. He enjoys working on Motorcycles and Rat Rods (go look it up!). On the flip side, Dan has studied art, is inspired by Van Gogh and paints as a hobby. He’s a Cat dad to Coraline and dreams of traveling to Ireland one day.
Michael found his way to South Georgia from Murphrysboro, IL by way of Ft. Stewart where he was stationed as an Army Cavalry Scout. He’s also spent time as a Correctional Officer so we know he keeps the Forge guys in line! With 4 children and a pup named Sadie, he probably doesn’t get a lot of free time, but when he does he’s hunting.
One of our Veterans, Michael spent 5 years as a Navy Corpsman attached to the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune. He hails from South Georgia and says he came to Sea Island Forge after seeing the Fire Kettles out and about and was intrigued. Like a lot of our guys, Michael loves being outside fishing, riding motorcycles, and working on cars. He loves Rock music and the last concert he went to was Avenged Sevenfold. Michael shares his space with dog Abby.
Director of Sales & Logistics
Hello, Sea Island Forge! When you dial us up, the friendly voice on the other end of the phone is Molly. A natural juggler, Molly wears MANY hats and answers MANY questions. She will tell you that her job boils down to "making our customers happy.” She’s on it with orders, shipping, logistics… and when her office mates have a technology melt-down, she’s the IT department as well.
Off-duty, Molly tends to her beautiful gardens, raises orchids, and loves going to the beach with a good book. Her favorite thing to cook on the Kettle is fish tacos with corn tortillas on the Griddle.