Hi. Thanks for checking out my new website! I am Mary – founder and prior owner of The Pan Handler LLC, and a vintage cast iron cookware enthusiast. I started the business and website from scratch while working a full-time job, and eventually the business became so busy that it was a full-time job in itself. I retired from my primary job and devoted myself to the business. Sales were brisk, and I found that I did not have time to continue writing and blogging as much as I would have liked; the business end of the business consumed just about all of my time and then some.
One beautiful summer weekend in 2016, I was sailing with friends and away from my computer and cell phone. It was glorious to have the chance to relax. I realized that I wanted to really retire – to step back and stop and smell the roses more than I could while running the business. I realized that what I really loved was not the “sales” end of the business, but the “learning” and “sharing” part – i.e. the blog (my cast iron blog posts on the site run from 2012 to 2017, and can be found in the blog archives of the business, starting here). I sold the business on January 1, 2017.
After selling the business, I took a break of sorts, but still blogged about vintage and antique cast iron cookware at vintagecast-iron.com a bit in 2017. I love vintage cast iron cookware, love thinking about where it has been, what it has cooked, and who used it then and who uses it now. I love to learn all about these old pieces of American history, and to share information with other cast iron enthusiasts. I enjoy writing as well, so blogging is a natural fit for me and a chance to share with others what I have learned.
My blogging hiatus began in earnest on August 25, 2017, when Hurricane Harvey hit Rockport, Texas hard; destroying much of the town. The hurricane displaced my elderly parents and damaged their home. Since the hurricane, I’ve spent about half-time in Texas (I’m a Minnesota native), moving and settling my parents and working with contractors etc. to repair their home and replace items lost. I am very grateful that I have the time to help my parents – I consider it to be serendipitous that I sold the business when I did.
Recently, Doris Mosier approached me and invited me to take over the website that she had started and managed for many years, which is why you now find me here at griswoldcookware.com. Doris and her husband Bob are decades-long cast iron collectors, and founding members of the Griswold & Cast Iron Cookware Association, a large group of cast iron enthusiasts who love to meet and share information about vintage and antique cast iron. Doris maintained this web site so as to provide helpful information to other cast iron enthusiasts. I am working at placing her posts in a special place on this site, and hope to have that accomplished soon. I am honored that Doris trusts me with her legacy.
One nice thing about blogging is that you can do it on your own time, and from any location. I am excited to start blogging again – from both Texas and Minnesota – and am happy to have the opportunity to tell the stories of the iron, and continue to learn and share on my cast iron journey. I hope you will join me for the ride!