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 Pan Handles (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".
 
         
 


A simple request, could I make a replacement handle for a
Le Creuset frying pan.

A simple reply, "Yes".

Until now I have not been asked for one of these, so all the bits were requested. Fortunately there was just enough information left within the old handle to leave me with a set of measurements to work to.

When the job was complete, John Poulter (Stirling) replied: Thanks Jon for the pan handle. It fits perfectly and looks fabulous - from so little to work from, incredible results.

 
         
   
No sooner had I done the pan pictured above I had anther request, from James Dough.

Having done the first one, it was simply a matter of replicating all the measurements, a quick and easy job which was well received.
 
         
 



Like all good buses, requests seem to come along in 3's.
A Le Creuset frying pan arrived on the doorstep with a simple request, "Please make me a new handle".

On completion, the owner paid, and said "Thanks". It doesn't get much simpler.

 
         
         
 

Prestige Pan Handles And Lid Knobs

     
 
I have made replacement Prestige pan handles on many occasions, like others, the lifetime guarantee on the pan DOES NOT cover the handle, but, as always, I am happy to try and help refurbish your pans and lids.

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 grip on the bottom surface of the handle, plus, the minor inconvenience of the handle being more or less rectangular in profile (not good when you are a turner).

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 good variety of shapes and sizes. Currently, I know of four styles. First, "Finger Grip" with a squareish profile, second, "Flat Top", they are round with a flat top and bottom and a round ferrule, and third, very dark, with a round ferrule at the front and a hanging loop at the back. On ONE occasion I have see a very slim, fully round handle with a slim round ferrule, but I have no other information on this one.

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.
 
         
 

When Prestige handles are required, I always need to identify the style. Hopefully, this guide to what I already know will help you get what you want.

First, the "Finger Grip" (FG) style. These handles are typified by the almost square profile, the finger grip recesses on the bottom, and an odd shaped, almost 5 sided ferrule at the front.

This handle style is attached to the pan with a hooked bolt measuring 132mm (measured from the pan, as shown here) and a barrel nut in the end of the handle.

 
         
 

The "Flat Top" (FT) style of handle is surprisingly, flat on the top and the bottom, and is rounded at the sides.

I have seen these as 145mm and 155mm handles, I can supply either.

The ferrule on the "FT" style is a little over 24mm diameter, and it is all attached to the pan with a long bolt measuring 132mm from under the head to the tip.

 
   

You never stop learning in this game.

The older style flat top handles use a cast aluminium ferrule as shown here on the left.

Later versions of the flat top handle use a rolled steel band as a ferrule with a folded seam on the bottom, as shown here on the right.

If you want a handle of this type it is important for me to know what type of ferrule you have.
 
         
 



The "Hanging Loop" style of pan handle is fully rounded and has a hanging loop at the rear end.

The ferrule and attachment bolt on this style of handle is identical to the older "FT" style shown on the left, above.

 
         
         
         
 


Just to confirm that the pan handles arrived the day after you posted them. I am delighted with the handles, it's like having a new set of pans at a fraction of the cost!

Will definitely recommend your services.

Julie Dimond, Bath.

 
         
 
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 were 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.
   
         
   

We cannot thank you enough for producing such look alike knobs for our pot lids, they almost make the pots look like new.

A brilliant service, for which I have looked for a very long time.

I will be ever grateful to you for these knobs and will keep your name for any future requirements we may have.

Alan Langston, Eynsham, Witney.

Jon Says:
Some Prestige lids have a 5mm stud welded to the top, others have a hole for a fixing screw. When enquiring, please make sure you tell me which type you need.
 
         
 



A request for 6 Prestige FG handles and 5 lid knobs came from Owen Matthews in London. After they were done and sent out to him, he sent the following message:

The handles fit perfectly and look great! Thanks so much.

My parents got the pans as a wedding present 45 years ago, and they became mine when I left for university in the 1990's.

Your work has given them a new lease of life. Maybe another 45 years! Thank you!



It gives me a lot of pleasure when I get comments like this, and I felt compelled to reply: "Ok thanks. Hope to hear from you in 2063".
   
         
   


The cast aluminium ferrule on a Prestige FT pan is prone to severe degredation and general pitting. This does lead to weakness and on occasions it is not good enough to put onto a replacement handle.

I have tried to find a supply of the original ferrule to no avail, so I have been working on a prototype handle and ferrule for these pans which uses Brushed Chrome Steel tube for the ferrule.

The handle has been cut so that it wraps round the pan fitting to provide the essential lock against rotation and the ferrule has been sculpted with care to fit round the pan.
 
 




Several customers have said how pleased they are with these replacement handles and ferrules.



Please Note:

This new ferrule WILL NOT fit onto an existing handle, they need to be replaced as a matched pair.

Due to the extra work involved, they are slightly more expensive (15 per set).

The modified handle attaches to the pan with your existing bolt.

 
         
         
 

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 (hindsight tells me this was probably an old Prestige handle with a hanging loop).

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!