Isaac Morton, founder of Smithey Ironworks, has always had an appreciation and passion for antique cast iron—specifically those from between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. Morton’s passion was sparked when he received an old Griswold No. 8 as a gift from his sister-in-law, and ever since, Morton has been collecting, refinishing, and resurrecting the symbol of Southern cuisine.
Soon, Morton began questioning why no one was producing antique-style cast iron cookware, and once he made the move to Charleston in 2007, he took what he had learned from his hobby and created Smithey Ironware.
Located on the historic naval base in North Charleston, Smithey Ironware continues to celebrate the skill of ironworking in the Holy City and prides itself on combining handcrafted methods of the past with modern manufacturing practices to produce their cookware. These methods can be seen in the hand-hammered handle of their Carbon Steel Farmhouse Skillet or the smooth surface of their most popular No. 12 Cast Iron Skillet.
While history played a significant part in developing the Smithey brand, it is just as important to Morton to capture today’s culinary and design culture. “Whether conscious or not, our entire team at Smithey lives that culture, [and] I hope that sense of design and love of food is reflected in our brand,” says Morton.
After fifteen years in operation, Smithey now has seventeen unique pieces between their collections, and while Morton is always improving and expanding the Smithey line and process, his dedication to craftsmanship and quality has remained constant.