Rolling Pin

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Project by ryno101 posted 10-11-2008 09:26 PM 2139 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Back in the day, I was a professional pastry chef. I became accustomed to using a traditional French rolling pin, which is somewhat thicker in the center and tapers towards the ends.

It’s been 10 years since I’ve worked in a kitchen, and I don’t do much at home, maybe a few to a half-dozen times a year I bust out the measuring cups and spoons and cover the kitchen in flour.

I’ve never owned a French Pin, I’ve been using a straight sided pin, about 1” in diameter that I bought at a yard sale for 50 cents.

This is red oak, about 16” long and 1 5/8” diameter in the center, tapering down to about 1 3/8” at the ends. Sanded to 400 grit, and finished with Catskill’s Butcher Block Oil.

-- Ryno

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#1 posted 10-11-2008 10:00 PM

I own a french rolling pin, don’t do much with it yet, but I’m starting to get a hankerin to do … something.

Pasties are starting to sound intriguing.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#2 posted 10-12-2008 01:01 AM

wait a minute… a professional pastry chef and no one gets to drool over your creations because you only make something a few times a year? Rick’s sweet tooth would be going into withdrawal. :)

I’ve never used such a rolling pin but it makes sense for pie crusts.
Looks beautiful as well. Now….... what’s on the menu?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 10-12-2008 05:05 AM

I need to make one of these for my daughter. She will be going to PCI next year. Do you have any plans/writeups for sizes,etc. Looks good.

-- Bud -

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#4 posted 10-12-2008 11:24 AM

Rolling pin is a very common item in Indian kitchen and is used for variety of of preparations and Indian women are masters in using them. But our rolling pins have a much steeper tapers on both sides for using it more efficiently in certain preprations. You have made a nice rolling pin but the taper could have been a little steeper and a little decorative with a small round groove at both ends.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 10-14-2008 04:06 AM

I really like this!

Does the taper start at the center or is there a “flat” area in the center?


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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