A Plethora Of Pan Handles

The "Pan Handle" story started back in 2011, when I was asked "Can you make me a couple of these"? At the time I had no idea how many handles I would finish up making.

Please Note: These handles SHOULD NOT be considered water or dish washer proof. Prolonged exposure to water WILL result in damage occurring.

Unless a customer asks for somthing specific, I use English Oak. I find this material to be hard wearing and burn resistant, and in the end, the product is very "Fit For Purpose". Unless otherwise specified, the handles are supplied sealed and varnished with prices starting at £9.00 for a simple handle having "no problems encountered while being made". I do not keep any stocks, all handles are made to order, normally, with a very quick turn-around. Other materials can be used, but they may be subject to extra cost. Also, if additional work is required (or if fittings need to be replaced), the customer is ALWAYS advised up front. It is worth noting that of the many handles I have now made over the years, the individual cost has NEVER been as high as £12.00

My methods are simple. Often, my preference is to have your old handle to copy, plus all of it's related fittings. I regularly find that fittings from the same original manufacturer vary in size, so I make the handle to fit rather than going for a standard, generic size, which will often result in a poor, sloppy fit. When the job is complete, I email a photo back to the customer, and as soon as payment has been made, the product is sent out by first class post. Payment preferences are CWO, BACS or internet, or Paypal can also be used via the "Friends and Family" option. As a last resort, cheques can be accepted, but that does mean I then have to make a 12 mile round trip to get to the bank.

If there are any queries which I have not covered, please feel free to get in touch.
All my contact details are provided at the foot of this web page, or you can use the form on the "Contact Page".

Le Creuset Pans (long and short handle)


For me, this is where the journey into "Pan Handles" started.

My friends Gill and Jeff needed some replacement handles for their Le Creuset pans.

These are the completed handles, before a finish had been applied.

Andrew Buckle says "After searching the Internet I came across Jon's website.

I contacted Jon and asked if he could turn me some new wooden handles for our Le Creuset pan set which is over twenty years old.

I had previously contacted Le Creuset direct, but they were unhelpful and did not stock these particular handles any more. Jon made these replacements in Oak and I think they are better than the originals. The finish is great, they are resistant to burning and they are sturdy. I can only say that his work is of a very high standard and if you use his services you will not be dissapointed. I found his communication to be friendly and prompt, and it was a pleasure to do business with him."
    An interesting project that was much larger than anything I had ever done before started with "Dear Jon, I found your website online and one element particularly caught me eye - the saucepan handles. I liked all the other examples of your work too but it is the handles I am enquiring of". This was closely followed by "I'm looking for about 180 handles in all".

My reply was "An interesting prospect, and yes, I am happy to work with you. I am a hobby turner, not a production turner, so I would need this job to be spread out over a few months, rather than giving you a one batch hit".

A simple response came back, "I am delighted to hear such a positive reply from you, I am indeed".

Some discussion took place between myself and the customer regarding the timber to be used. We all know that Teak was the original wood used by the manufacturer, and it is very expensive to replace, using Teak would more than double my costs. Also, I felt that using something that looked close to Teak in appearance would always be just that (close, but not quite).

A couple of pans were sent (one long handle, one short handle), and some trial pieces were made and sent off, one Ash, one Cherry, and 2 Oak. After a few days, the customer came back with a decision to proceed, with Oak.

The overall timetable for this job turned out to be:
(pun intended)

      23rd August 2015, the original enquiry.

      5th September, four handles made and sent for
      assessment, they were two Oak, one Ash and one Cherry.

      23rd September, 18 handles dispatched.

      26th October, 40 handles dispatched.

      26th November, 110 handles dispatched.
      Total number of handles completed in 3 months was 170.

Yet another Le Creuset handle.
The owner is not known.

My cousin Karen asked me to make these for a dear friend of hers. Karen and I are special friends, and I am pleased to make these Le Creuset handles for her.

Easter Monday (28th March) - the weather was absolute pants. There was only one thing to do - make another 6 Le Creuset pan handles and send them to Frances Gillyon.

On 30th March Frances said: Hey Jon, the handles arrived thank you very much! they look fab :) I'll get on with the the Danish oil & send you a photo when they're done, or perhaps you've seen enough of them!!! ha ha, thanks again though, I'm really chuffed that I can keep my pans going..... Fran :)

And then on 1st April Frances said: Here you go, 3 finshed & fitted already. Many thanks to you they look fab again :)
Fran x

P.S. The old handles had so had it - I oiled the long screw too.
A couple of weeks ago I had a 'Scottish' enquiry for some pan handles. They were completed with due dilligance, and today I had some photo's back of the completed job, along with the following words.

" Many thanks, the handles arrived in the post this afternoon. They are great and I have already fitted them to our set of pans - a perfect fit. Thanks again for supplying these lovely handles and for the speed and ease with which you handled our original enquiry".
As is often the case, I had a typical "Le Creuset" enquiry, and I said my customary "YES", not appreciating that retrofitting a phenolic handle with a wooden one was going to be slightly different. Regardless of that, Adam and Abby said the following:

We bought some old Le Creuset pans in a charity shop but didn't want the old black phenolic handles.

We found Jon via Google, his work and reviews looked great and priced very reasonably. We had a swift reply to our initial message and all subsequent ones and found Jon very easy to deal with.

Initially we received handles from him that didn't fit - no fault of Jons - but our pans seem not to take the standard size he had produced for others.
We returned them without problem and he replaced them very quickly with new ones that were perfect (he even bought new equipment so that he was able to do this).

We are really happy with the product and they look lovely. We felt the service was impeccable and would certainly recommend Jon to others!

On 14th December 2016 I had an email from Ben Gregory saying "I stumbled across your site and am pleased to finally find someone who can make Le Creuset Pan Handles?"

On Friday 16th December the relevant bits arrived for me to replicate. Also on Friday 16th I sent an email saying that the handles were done and were on their way back via 1st class post.

On Sunday 18th December I had an email saying "Just a quick note to say a massive thank you for the handles, they all fit perfectly! The service and craftsmanship cannot be questioned".

When asked "Was she happy with them", Ben replied "Absolutely!... she wasn't expecting them back for Xmas".

Prestige Pans And Lid Knobs

I have replaced Prestige pan handles on several occasions, but for some unknown reason, they never made it onto my web site. We can resolve that here and now.

An interesting request came in for Prestige replacements, it was 3 different fitting styles and lengths, plus knobs for lids.

A feature of SOME Prestige pans is the shaped finger holds on the bottom surface of the handle, plus, the minor inconvenience of the handle being more or less rectangular in profile.

All my handles are turned with a "round profile", I havn't had a complaint yet, plus, they then match the rest of the set.

As intimated above, Prestige handles come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Currently, I know of three styles, namely, "Finger Grip" with a squareish profile, round with a flat top and bottom, and fully round but slim.

Regardless of the actual style, any replacement handle I make will be fully round, allowing pans across a varied set to match each other.

Also, I know of at least 3 styles of knobs on lids, any of which can be supplied upon request.
Thanks to the excellent craftsmanship of Jon Simpson, I have been able to replace all the handles on our 30 year old Prestige copper bottom stainless steel pans, thus extending their working life.

The 7 new handles and 4 knobs for the lids where completed and arrived within 7 days of Jon receiving one of the old handles.

I highly commend Jon's work and customer service.
Tim Coales, Croydon.

A Pan marked as "Victor"


On Thursday 8th October Ben Whittle said "I would love you to make me a couple of replacement pan handles if that is possible? I'd much rather give my money to you than whoever made our pan".

I requested photo's and the old handle and fittings. Upon receipt I found that because the old handle was in very poor condition, one of the dimensions I needed was unclear, and I told Ben what my best guess was going to be. He agreed with my guess.

Work started, and the replacements were made within a day or so. Payment was requested, and made via BACS the same day.

Having returned the pieces by first class post, I had an email from Ben on Tuesday 13th October saying:

"Just to let you know they arrived safely - and fitted first time. Great job, and thanks for the very efficient and high quality service".

An Old "Marks & Spencer" Copper Bottomed Pan


A couple of weeks later John came back to me asking for a new knob for the pan lid.

The job took a few days extra as I needed to get some thread inserts from "that" well known internet auction site.

Having made a good copy of the original and given it a couple of coats of varnish, I have posted this picture before John gets the new knob in the post, I hope he likes it.

Pans From Other Manufacturers


A request that came in where the original pan manufacturer was unspecified.

The job needed to be done in Mahogany which was no problem as I had some odd bits under the bench.

When the handle was complete I sent a photo, and the only reply was "Brilliant. Will get the cash off to you via bacs".

A Well Loved And Much Valued Family Friend,
owned by Chris Lordots

    This little job started off in much the same way as most of the things I do, an email request to replace the aging handle on a much loved pan. There was a problem with the retaining bolt, which had seized and broken off.

If it was not going to be too expensive, I offered to drill out and tap the stubb, and supply a stainless steel bolt to pull it all together. I was then informed that the pan was on the way, and could I supply two handles. It was only when the pan arrived that I found out that it had come from Cary, Illinois, in the U.S.A.

The job was completed in the normal way, and duly sent off via an international courier.

Some days later, I had the following kind words from Chris.

Thank you so much for the work you did on this pan. You did it quick, more than professional and very affordable.
  I also appreciate your quick response to my questions, you asking my suggestions, and touching base through the whole process.

The grip is better than the original. It's like having a new pan again. This thing is 70 or so years old and it's going to live to see another generation of use in my family. I made a grilled cheese yesterday for my little one and I grilled bagels this morning as I was making my kids breakfast sandwiches. If I have anything else around my house that needs fabrication from wood. I'll be coming to you!