A rolling pin you need

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


  1. Diana MacPherson
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Must have! I must have!

  2. Florian
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

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


    • marvol19
      Posted June 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

      I think you might be right, on both counts!

    • AdamK
      Posted June 18, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

      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?

      • Loubianka
        Posted June 18, 2014 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

        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.

      • Posted June 19, 2014 at 4:29 am | Permalink

        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.

  3. Lianne Byram
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 2:29 pm | Permalink


  4. JohnnieCanuck
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    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.

  5. Posted June 18, 2014 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    These are EXCELLENT. As a future-cat lady, I feel like I deserve this.

  6. E.A. Blair
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    The custom “Made By {Name}” is only $55.70.

  7. mordacious1
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Nice! But I don’t have the dough.

  8. Posted June 18, 2014 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    I never met a rolling pin I didn’t like. These are lovely, and I am sure one can become skilled in using them.

    • Merilee
      Posted June 18, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

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

      • Posted June 18, 2014 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

        Or bruises with clearly visible “Made by Michelle” marks. 🙂

        • merilee
          Posted June 18, 2014 at 9:36 pm | Permalink


  9. Posted June 18, 2014 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    These would be nice to use with clay to make decorative tiles.

    Looks like fun but I don’t really need another excuse to bake!

    • AdamK
      Posted June 18, 2014 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

      Feel free to send me your excess pies. I will see to their proper disposal.

      • Posted June 19, 2014 at 4:31 am | Permalink

        Never a problem at our house. Like “leftover wine,” “leftover pie” is a meaningless phrase with us.

  10. Merilee
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    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!

  11. mandamoonflower
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    These are so cool 🙂

  12. Andrew
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Can I get a pi rolling pin? That isn’t a typo-it would be great if a pie crust read 3.1415926…

    • Merilee
      Posted June 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

      + 1

    • E.A. Blair
      Posted June 18, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

      And you can listen to Kate Bush sining Pi while you’re baking.

      • E.A. Blair
        Posted June 18, 2014 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

        Typo alert – “singing”, not “sining”.

        • merilee
          Posted June 18, 2014 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

          sineing would be even more cool

  13. glenn2point0
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    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.

  14. Hempenstein
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Surely an oversight, but you forgot one.

  15. Robert
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Off topic but I am not sure how else to contact you:



    In a recent article for a medical journal, a hospital chaplain puts forward a suggested code of conduct for doctors whose patients believe in prayer and resulting miracles, saying that doctors should always “Affirm, Meet, Educate, No matter what.”. The article is behind a paywall but the Atlantic piece seems to imply that doctors should lie when their own beliefs and those of their patients contradict. Seems ethically dubious to me.

    • Posted June 19, 2014 at 4:33 am | Permalink

      Google “Jerry Coyne University of Chicago” and you will find his email address.

  16. Posted June 19, 2014 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    I can’t be the only one who heard the title being read in Yoda’s voice, can I?

  17. Friendlypig
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    The Dino rolling pin would be useful for smiting evolution deniers.

  18. Posted June 19, 2014 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    very nifty. I’d guess springerle cookie dough would work just about perfectly. I’d also think it would work on fondant.

  19. Michael
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    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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