French rolling pins are simple clean lined, beautiful kitchen tools! If you love to make pastries, bake bread, or craft cookies, then a tapered french rolling pin will be a pleasure for you to use! This particular rolling pin is crafted from a wonderful local piece of Pacific Yew. Vancouver Island, especially the North Island has numerous Yew trees but many of them never make it past the firewood pile! We have worked with small local saw mills and loggers to make sure these beautiful trees can be turned into one of a kind rolling pins rather than the firewood pile! We make each and every rolling pin to order in our Cowichan valley workshop.
This french rolling pin is crafted from local Vancouver Island cherry wood, a tree that is native to the west coast of British Columbia! The process of making our rolling pins is actually quite complex! We start by selecting wood from our large selection of available slabs. Once a slab is selected we layout what sections will be used for other products and what sections are ideal for the production of rolling pins. We then cut these sections out into smaller slabs. These slabs are then run through a thickness planer to get the desired thickness and then we rip them into rolling pin blanks which are generally 2" by 2" by 23" long. This is where the fun begins! We mark the ends of the rolling pins so we know where the center is and then mount it on the lathe. We start on the lathe by knocking the corners down until it is round with a series of gouges. From there we use a very sharp skew chisel to remove fine cuts and shape the tapers. We then slice the ends off and sand them down so that there are no marks on the ends of the rolling pins. We then coat them with a foodsafe wax and oil mix, taking care to not add to much so the finish remains thin, but protective so it doesn't feel like a heavy finish is on it. We then buff the pin and get it ready to ship to your home for many years of use!
NOTE: The French Rolling pin shown is an example of the handmade pin you will receive. Yours will be crafted from the same species of beautiful wood, in the same style. Being that we are a small team, we do not have the resources to photograph every item that leaves our shop! However, I will send you a quick photo of the pin that is made for you so that you can see your beautiful rolling pin before it ships! Dimensions (approximate dimensions) : W - 19" H - 1 1/2"