A rolling pin you need

June 18, 2014 • 1:48 pm

If you’re a baker and an ailurophile, you really need to get one of these. Imagine a pie crust embossed with cats—how cool would that be? These wooden rolling pins are engraved with lasers, and emboss their patterns on your dough:


But many designs are available. This is one that Matthew Cobb (a dinosaur lover) would like. Dino cookies!


Or you can get foxes (honorary cats):


If you’re solipsistic, you can have your name engraved:


You can buy these and many other designs at the Etsy store Valek Rolling Pins (they’re made in Warsaw, Poland). Most of these will set you back $40-$50, while custom designs will set you back about $135.

h/t: Su

35 thoughts on “A rolling pin you need

  1. Shouldn’t the lettering on the custom name one be reversed? I suppose it’s easier to understand for the photo having it legible.


    1. This kind of thing bothers me too. If I ordered one, would I receive a mirror-lettered rolling pin, or would I face a lifetime of mirror-lettered pie crusts?

      1. You can go ahead and order one AdamK, I assure you your pie crusts will be just fine!:) Their rolling pins are mirror-lettered, just not the ones on the pictures.
        I bought one myself and it’s easily readable on my cookies.

      2. Since it’s laser-cut, all they had to do is select all the text in the CAD file and flip it horizontally to make the one-offs for the photos.

  2. This is going to be limited to only a few dough recipes because anything crumbly or sticky is going to end up plugging the holes and making a mess. The etsy page mentions some included recipes that have been tested with them so at least it won’t all be trial and error.

    They also mention using it to make cake. Clearly they mean something other than what passes for birthday cake in North America. That or my imagination fails me.

    1. They might also be good for whacking recalcitrant spouses upside the head and leaving a loving and feline impression:-))

  3. I consider myself a very good cook, but my pie crusts are an exception. This might be a solution to covering up the carnage. Very cute!

  4. I think you would need to use such rolling pins for the final roll only otherwise the pattern will turn into quite a mess.

    Ah novelty items are so much fun.

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  6. I saw these the other day and when I saw the cat rolling pin I immediately though of Mr. Coyne.

    I would like one of the cat rolling pins for my daughter, but she doesn’t make pastry so it would be a bit of a waste. What I would really like is the 4th axis laser engraving machine.

    http://www.colossal.com is one of my favourite sites and never fails to inspire me in my own work.
    My only complaint is I wish the site gave more information on the methods and processes the artists go through to achieve their art.

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