Hand Crafted Rolling Pin Giveaway

Hello fine folks who read my website.  I have another super-fantastic giveaway for you today.

I think I may have mentioned something about my rolling pin obsession at some point.  For someone who doesn’t do a huge amount of baking, I have a disproportionate love affair with rolling pins.  There’s just something about the look and the feel of them that makes my heart go pitter patter.  The baton of smooth wood just feels good in your hands.

If I were a boy, and more interested in team sports in general,  I definitely would have taken up baseball just to get my hands on that bat.  Conversely, it’s entirely possible baseball’s entire major league is made up of repressed bakers.

So when Brenda, a woodworker from Prince Edward Island Canada asked if I’d like to give away one of her hand crafted rolling pins, I screamed GOAL!!!!!  No, wait.  Wrong sport. You get the idea.  I was excited for all of you.

Today is the day I’m giving away one of Brenda’s beautiful rolling pins!

Brenda sent me one of her rolling pins so I could photograph it and give it a test run.  Wow.  Just wow.

I soooo wish I were a more skilled photographer and writer so I could better describe to you the beauty of this rolling pin.  Brenda has several different rolling pins, many of which have been featured in magazines.  I have always wanted a french rolling pin, so that’s the one she sent to me.  It’s stunning.

This particular pin is turned from Flame Birch.


Pin 1


No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t really capture how this rolling pin glows.


Pin 2


Honestly, it’s shockingly beautiful.


Pin 3


Even more astonishing is how it feels.  It’s cool to the touch and as smooth as glass.  But really, the most important thing is how it works.

A french rolling pin doesn’t have handles.  Rather it’s a long baton of wood that’s tapered on the ends.  You roll your dough out by simply rolling your hands along the pin.  It gives you a much better feel for the pastry.


Pin 4


This particular pastry turned into a leek and swiss cheese quiche.


Pin 5


Oh!  Quick tip!  If you want to easily cut the edges off your pie crusts, just roll your rolling pin across the top of the pie plate.  Like so …


Pin 6


Alright?  Have I sold you on the free rolling pin?  Good.

To enter to win your very own hand crafted rolling pin from Brenda at Cattails Studio, just tell me which pin you’d choose if  you won!

Click here to browse Brenda’s selection of pins.  Then come back and leave a comment letting me know which one you’d pick!

Finally, Brenda has GENEROUSLY agreed to send a rolling pin anywhere in the world!  So this contest is open to absolutely everyone across the planet.

Contest closes Tuesday, November 8th at midnight.  I will randomly select a winner using a computerized program.  Winner announced Thursday, November 10th.

Good luck!

Note: This contest is now closed.


  1. JessieB says:

    Oh my word, can I choose them all? If forced to pick, I’d go for the pastry baton. I already have a french pin that I like very much, and I could use a non-tapered one.
    Thanks to you and Brenda for this lovely giveaway!

  2. Jenny says:

    I like the old fashioned Pin egg.

  3. Mary P. says:

    Thank you for offering this giveaway! If I won, I’d like the flame birch French rolling pin – it’s gorgeous!


    Gorgeous! I love these!

    I’d totally pick the one you photographed above (which, by the way, are great photos) but I also love the dark wood one…they’re all fabulous and I think I might have to do some Christmas shopping on her site! Thanks for introducing me to it!

  5. Leah Daniels says:

    Oh wow, I’ve always wanted a french rolling pin! How Beautiful! Definitely would like this one featured here!

  6. Kendra says:

    the flame birch rolling pins are GORGEOUS! Makes me want to start my Christmas baking NOW!

  7. Andrea Lacy says:

    I would love to win a flame birch french rolling pin like the one in your pictures. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

  8. Jane says:

    I would love one just like the one you’re showing. They’re all lovely, but that’s my pick!

  9. So hard to choose just one! Long pastry baton with acorn ends made from dyed flame yellow birch, please! 🙂

  10. Adrienne Audrey says:

    Beautiful pins! I would choose the french style but in maple wood.

  11. Pati says:

    I like the one you featured !! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE !!! ;o)

  12. Amber Lew says:

    The french flame birch is lovely, and I especially love the french pin flame birch that looks a bit darker.Even though I bake for my belly(and my nose),I also really love the tactile and visual stimulation of cooking. The dark smooth pin, working in the flour and dough. It would be many afternoons of calming happy.

  13. Jody E says:

    Oh my word, these are stunning! I love what appears to be the same type that you’ve pictured. Specifically, this one: http://bit.ly/tKajxo ! Pure gorgeousness, for sure.

  14. Megan says:

    Oh my goodness they are all so beautiful, I’m thinking the flame birch french rolling pin. It is gorgeous!



  15. Marti says:

    Wow, I’m going to say that Acorn pin, the dark one, is about the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Really stunning work, Brenda!
    Thanks Karen!

  16. T.B. Cook says:

    French Rolling Pin be!

    As a good luck token, we always bake a roll of bread for each of the guys in hubby’s department at the squadron (US Navy). Because what could be better than fresh bread made with fresh farm eggs – from our flock of Cochins, Wyandottes, Rhodies, Silkies and more!

    I’d love to make their rolls with one of these lovely pins!

  17. Kelsie Bakeman says:

    I don’t know if I ever seen a more beautiful pin than that Flame Birch. Rolling pins are sacred things in our house, this would be quite an addition.

  18. Mandy says:

    “Mod Rolling Pin be” might just look very handsome over my husbands head…um I mean in my kitchen making sugar cookies for my hoodlums.

  19. Kiersten says:

    Wow! Those are all so beautiful! I think my favorite is the one you used in your post.

  20. Karl Raade says:

    I’d go with a more traditional shape, specifically the Flame Birch Mod Pin. Her wood selections are so gorgeous I probably couldn’t stop at just one anyway.

  21. kat says:

    Love the flame maple, what lovely grain. I think the egg-shape handled pins are wonderful- so simple, comfortable in the hand AND beautiful too.

  22. Laura says:

    Hooray for Canadian craftsmanship! I would be tickled pink to win the darker french pin in flame birch. Seriously, who needs porn when there’s pretty things like that to look at! Crossing my fingers xx

  23. Sandra C says:

    The Flame Birch French without a doubt!! The color & the grain is amazing!

  24. Country Girl says:

    The grooved one…acorn…I have my grandmother’s one-piece pin…I think I look at my rolling pin like shootists look at their guns…the touching and oiling…the care and conditioning…

  25. Fiona says:

    I would probaby get the pastry rolling pin. Or the french rolling pin. No, the pastry. No, the french. One, or both!

  26. Kelly says:

    With a flame-birch French rolling pin I would make rhubarb pie until the world screamed, “No more!”…

    Then I would switch to lingon berry tort.

    Brenda at Cattails Studio, you are a goddess!

  27. itchbay says:

    Oh, I love that flame birch pin. How beautiful is that?

  28. Susan says:

    Wow – they are all so beautiful!

    Since we are a big “pie” family as opposed to a “cake” family, I would choose the pastry baton be. And I love the bird’s eye maple that it’s made from as it’s so unique and beautiful.

  29. Becky says:

    I’d be happiest with a flame birch french rolling pin if I won! They are gorgeous!

    Please and thank you!

  30. kate says:

    i’d like to have “Acorn Pin lt”. I read that the French design is superior but i have used a regular old rolling pin all my life and might not be able to get the same good results or maybe not get used to the French style when i bake.

  31. Erica says:

    I love the Flame Birch Mod! I’d also love to know how to properly clean one.

  32. pendy says:

    Ooh, I DO love a rolling pin. My favorite is the darkish one at the bottom right…says it’s flame birch, too, but I love that dark color. Who am I kidding; they are all gorgeous. Would LOVE to get my hands on one.

  33. Brilliant! You got the same reaction out of me with this one as you did with how to open spaghetti. I love simple clever solutions, you have them in spades!
    All of them, I love all of them. But, I’m really lovin’ the Flame Birch Mod Pin.

  34. Gwen says:

    Wow, this giveaway is amazing!!

    Thank you to you & Brenda for the opportunity to win one of these beautiful rolling pins. I had such a hard time deciding which one I’d pick.

    I think the Flame Birch Mod Pin is the one I’d end up with in the end, though. So pretty!

  35. Zaftig Artist says:

    Yours! Just like yours! I love my French rolling pin that’s a workhorse. She could use a partner of beauty to give her some time off now and then.

  36. Dina says:

    French Rolling Pin – Flame Birch (dk?)
    I love the French Rolling Pin on the bottom right if the page… The color of bourbon with the warmth of amber – absolutely stunning!

  37. lauren b says:

    IIII am in love with the frech rolling pin you showed. I’ve been looking for one that doesn’t look/feel plain for years and refuse to buy anything that’s not perfect. ]: It’s a flaw. Seriously in love with this. Thanks for sharing, even if I don’t win!

  38. Rob Cassidy says:

    The flame birch french rolling pin is amazing and I would love to have it!

  39. I would adore and be so thrilled to have one just like the French one pictured in the blog. I love rolling pins but only have two, mine and my grandmothers…I can just picture how relaxing and delightful it would feel to use one of these lovely pieces. 🙂

  40. Ashley Roop says:

    I’ve had a look and they’re all beautiful, but I think I’d go for the flame birch French pin you’re showing (although the darker one is lovely too!). Thanks, Brenda and Karen!!

  41. Victoria says:

    The Acorn rolling pin! Beautiful!

  42. Kate says:

    Wow! That is a beautiful rolling pin. I have always wanted to try my hand at rolling dough with a French rolling pin. I would love to have one just like the one above, if I win!

    Thanks for the chance to win, and for the awesome website! I spend WAY more time than I should reading through the archives!

  43. rebecca gostin says:

    How beautiful those are! My dad turns wood on a lathe, and I know how hard it is. She does amazing work. I would love to win the French Rolling Pin, its my favorite style. Gorgeous! Thanks for the opportunity Karen.

  44. julie says:

    These are beautiful! I would love the Flame Birch Mod Pin!!

  45. Julie says:

    They are all so beautiful. I love the flame birch french rolling pin, so unique.

  46. KiwiKat says:

    How are we supposed to choose when they are all so beautiful? I love the Acorn Pin and the French….the Acorn would win out I think, as it is so stunning….

  47. Meg says:

    The flame birch french rolling pin is gorgeous! The bakers I work with use french pins, I’ve always wanted to try one out.

  48. Alyson says:

    I love those French Rolling Pins – and to be honest I’ve never seen anything like them…but they look SO touchable Bonjour!

  49. Sabrina says:

    Oooh I LOVE the Flame Birch French Rolling Pin, its absolutely beautiful!

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