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.  

Forge Family

Steve Schoettle,
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.” 

Sandy Schoettle,
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,
Operations Manager

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. 

Lain Smith,
Shipping & Receiving Coordinator

He builds the crates, and packs the crates, and moves the crates so that they arrive to you safe and sound. Like his older brother Carter (you might see the resemblance), Lain loves the outdoors and spending time with his family including many nieces and nephews. He has a taste for Mexican food and has also worked as a short order cook.

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 Crouch,
Lead Welder

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 Whisenant,
Welder

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.

Carter Smith,
Welder

A Brunswick, GA native, Carter learned welding in high school and placed in a number of statewide welding competitions. From there, he landed a job with Gulfstream working on private jets before joining the Forge team in 2020.

Carter is married with 3 boys, perfect for an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing. And if you’re a Blink 182 fan, y’all will have something in common!

Dan Powell,
Welder

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.

Molly McGaughey-Lee,
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 is Dog-Mom to four furry 4-leggeds including a blind rescue big boy and a teeny-tiny dachshund named Ruby. Her favorite thing to cook on the kettle is fish tacos with corn tortillas on the Griddle.

Suzanne Whitehead,
Director of Marketing

A talented wordsmith and conversationalist, Suzanne loves furthering the growth of Sea Island Forge into new markets through our affiliate program, product promotions and partner outreach. With a love of adventure and an eye for the perfect kettle placement, she’s constantly on the hunt for new inns, lodges and resorts to bring into our partner program.

Beyond Forge life, Suzanne teaches fitness classes, travels, sneaks off to the beach with a good book, and tries her best to love cooking. Her favorite thing to cook on the kettle is the Thanksgiving turkey - spatchcocked on the Grill with the Heat Dome - the juiciest best bird ever! She also takes care of her husband, kids, two dogs, and a cat.

Adam Paseur,
Sales & Logistics

The other friendly voice you hear on the phone is Adam. He is equal parts sales, customer service, order processing, and merch designer -- that’s a lot of parts! He plays in a local band, Adam & The Steves -- guitar, bass, drums, piano, he plays it all. And if you can find him in the rest of his spare time, it will probably be on the golf course, playing or caddying.

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