About Chapel Hill Forge

Our History

Leggett homestead
Chapel Hill Forge started in 2016 as a result of a job loss. Zad was a State Constable, and after some restructuring within the County, it was time to move on. They took a leap of faith, Zad started the business at home, and Mandy stayed at her full time job.

After a year, Mandy decided she couldn’t homeschool, work full time, commute, help run a household and do the marketing/bookkeeping for the business all at once. She left her job in 2017, and the Leggetts were really living on a wing and a prayer at that point.

When they started, it was mostly metal and leather jewelry. Zad made some carved signs in their tiny Manheim Township yard, and he tinkered on the anvil. He had some experience from being a farrier previously, and him and Mandy had made knives from a horseshoe on their honeymoon in Pigeon Forge.

Moving to Conestoga opened up all new doors. They had a barn to work in, which allowed for expansion of their metal and wood products. They started doing live edge wood signs, Zad took some more blacksmith classes and they got a welder.

In 2017, Bud, their then 7 year old decided he wanted to get involved. He first sold some old toys at a yard sale to get a bunny. Once he was out of that money, he wanted to make firestarters. He just exploded from there. He’s since made PVC games, learned to sew felt animal ornaments and started sewing on the sewing machine. He is saving his money for a truck when he’s 16. Because of his business, Bud has learned to track income and expenses, he pays income tax, tracks sales tax and is setting himself for a great future.

Zad, Mandy, Bud, Jamey, Zuzu work as a unit. They enjoy being home, building their homestead, homeschooling and they especially love the ability to dictate their life’s schedules and follow their dreams.

In 2021, Zad suffered a heart attack as a result of chemo and Covid, and it really motivated them to live a healthier lifestyle. The heart attack was terrifying, and now they are an active, healthy family who love being outdoors. They walk almost daily as a family, they prepare meals together, and they focus on whole, quality food. 

In the last few years, they have really dug into homesteading more. They are enjoying raising chickens, turkeys, guineas, and dairy goats. Raising their own food is a huge passion of theirs. They have a large raised bed garden and love preserving food. 

The Leggetts now live in McClure, PA in the mountains of Central PA on 13.5 acres of homesteading bliss. They love living where life is a little slower! Follow their journey on YouTube!


handmade goat milk tallow soap

You are welcome to choose local pick up and pick up at our shop. We are not setup to ship internationally at this time. We will send tracking as soon as your order ships. If you need your order sooner than the advertised lead time, please reach out. We will try to accommodate your needs whenever we can. Custom orders do typically take longer than in stock items. 

Shipping is calculated during checkout. If you need help with a shipping cost, please email us.  

If you aren’t 110% happy with your handmade product, please reach out, and we will attempt to rectify the situation for you. We strive to make you happy with every single purchase. We cannot accept returns of soap and balms for health reasons. 

You can order right here on our website. If you need a more personal touch to your order experience, you are welcome to call or text us at 717-989-6965, email us at chapelhillforge@gmail.com or reach us on social media. 

We accept PayPal and credit cards on the website. We can also invoice you via Square, Venmo, CashApp, or PayPal by email; send us an email to be invoiced – chapelhillforge@gmail.com. 

We are happy to talk to you about your custom needs. Please email us at chapelhillforge@gmail.com to get a custom quote. 

We seal all of our metal products with our handmade, custom wax mixture.

You can purchase a tin of this on our website when you order,

if you’d like to reseal your product in the future. If you need help resealing, please reach out. Be sensible about where you store your metal products.

Our goat milk soap is carefully made in small batches using goat milk from our homestead goats, tallow that we render ourselves from locally sourced beef fat, olive oil, coconut oil, and lye. We do not use synthetics to scent. We use essential oils or herbs to scent, and we try to grow a lot of the flowers and herbs that we use in our soaps. 

Our tallow balm lotion and tallow lip balm is made in small batches with tallow that we render ourselves sourced from local beef fat. We pour every tin by hand, and the benefits of tallow balm will keep your skin nourished year round. You can trust the few ingredients clearly listed on the label! 

We LOVE making custom fire pokers! Our fire pokers are made by hand one at a time, will last years and years, and we can stamp your name right into the handle. Order your fire poker on our website, and we’ll send you a link to pay for the customization of your fire poker. 

More Than Just a Business

The Leggetts love homesteading and homeschooling. They spend time with their two boys and little girl teaching them all about taking care of their property, teaching them life skills and growing as a family. They’ve got many great tips on their blog about gardening, canning, unschooling and so much more!