SIMPLY PUT, WE FORGE HEIRLOOM QUALITY PRODUCTS FOR OUR CUSTOMERS TO FORGE MEMORIES AND RELATIONSHIPS AROUND.
With respective backgrounds in construction, custom furniture, photography and art, Steve and Sandy Schoettle envisioned a business that combined their artistic talents, business savvy and creativity with their passion for entertaining and travel. Today, the Schoettles and their talented team of artisans are building just that – a line of masterfully crafted legacy pieces that focus on bringing together family and friends. Outdoor gatherings around a roaring fire and simple, meaningful traditions are the cornerstone of the Sea Island Forge lifestyle and one they hope to share with you.
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 talented metalsmiths hasn’t looked back – debuting new heirloom quality designs regularly.
STEVE SCHOETTLE, CO-FOUNDER AND OWNER
“Form follows function at Sea Island Forge. Our products need to look good, but most importantly they need to work perfectly.”
For over 20 years, Sea Island Forge co-founder, Steve Schoettle, has owned and operated APEX as a professional contractor building and remodeling upscale homes in Georgia’s Golden Isles, St. Simons and Sea Island. Along his journey from art major at Auburn University to becoming a licensed builder, Schoettle took an interest in the art of welding. He enrolled in classes where he learned the basics of metalwork, and most importantly, how to “read the weld” and understand the raw material. His technical know-how transitioned into TIG welding where the artistic form came into play. Perfecting his craft through continued study and trial and error, Schoettle added a metalworks division to APEX. He has since earned a widespread reputation as one of Georgia’s most accomplished metal smiths, specializing in custom metalwork. Click Here for examples of Sea Island Forge’s custom metalwork from gates and juliet balconies to chandeliers and andirons.
“Sea Island Forge is a natural extension of my existing design business and we are excited to take years of experience in the trade and apply them to a different selection of products geared toward outdoor entertaining.” – Steve
SANDY SCHOETTLE, CO-FOUNDER AND OWNER
“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 transition into, travel with, entertain, and meet new people.”
An accomplished photographer and professional artist, Sandy Schoettle has partnered with her husband to bring the idea of Sea Island Forge to life. 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. Sandy oversees the sales and marketing for Sea Island Forge, and her creative eye is the spark for many new product ideas.
MEET OUR TEAM
Metalsmith, Bladesmith, Designer
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. Randie’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
James is currently training to become a master blacksmith and is eager to learn as much as he can about the complex details that are involved on a daily basis at Sea Island Forge. He’s known as the “little brother” around the studio; you’ll never catch him just standing around. Since moving back to the south, his favorite pastime, snowboarding, has been traded in for rebuilding classic Volkswagens.
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.
Cody’s love of working with his hands began at an early age while assisting his grandfather in his woodworking shop. He began his welding career right out of high school - with one of the early projects taking him to the White House. Seeing a project transform from a raw form to a custom piece of art inspired his love of working with both wood and metal. He loves nothing more than creating a beautiful spiral staircase. A welder and a fabricator by day and a passionate woodworker by night, one of the Oklahoma native’s most treasured projects can be found at home - the crib and dresser he built for his two children.
Wood Shop Manager
Affectionately referred to as the “wood guy,” Ed oversees the carpentry and custom furniture arm of the studio and has been working alongside Steve for almost 30 years. He keeps his eyes peeled for the next intriguing creative project - his favorite being the restoration of a 200 year old building . He grew up on St. Simons Island and has enjoyed being on the water his whole life. Being an avid outdoorsman and traveler, when Ed’s not working with a band saw he’s most likely to have a rod, reel, or gator in hand - one of the six 12’ gators he has wrangled!