Seeking a small, tapered, French rolling pin
July 28, 2012 12:22 PM   Subscribe

Can someone guide me to a small, handleless, tapered rolling pin that is truly meant to be used and is from a trust worthy place?

I love my tapered French rolling pin and will never go back to one with handles. I especially love the way the taper keeps my edges from thinning out. However, the thing is really long, too long for things like parker house rolls, small flat breads, and tortillas. Finding a tapered rolling pin around 13 inches long is, for some reason, crazy hard.

I have found this fellow's lovely pins of the right size and finish but they don't have that taper.

I found this chapati pin that is probably perfect but it seems to have a finish on it that doesn't look food-safe. Also, the website seems a little skeevy. It seems to repeat a theme I have found with chapati pins. Love the shape but they are often painted and from websites I think look questionable.

I live out in the boonies so making my way to an Indian cookware shop is out. I would be willing to call a reputable brick and mortar and order over the phone. I know this seems like a crazy obsession but I just rolled out three batches of parker house rolls with a giant French pin and it has lit a fire under my ass to make this happen.
posted by Foam Pants to Food & Drink (16 answers total)
Best answer: Etsy craftspeople will totally take special orders, though. Why not contact that shop owner and describe what you want?
posted by elizardbits at 12:29 PM on July 28, 2012 [3 favorites]

nevermind, that one is too long. sorry
posted by spinturtle at 12:39 PM on July 28, 2012

It is more difficult finding shorter ones in wood, but here are a couple in metal and in bamboo.
posted by procrastination at 12:51 PM on July 28, 2012

Oh, ugh, the Martha one is too long too. Sorry.
posted by purpleclover at 12:53 PM on July 28, 2012

Oh, here is one in wood. Choose the small one.
posted by procrastination at 12:56 PM on July 28, 2012 [1 favorite]

Belans are foodsafe enough and while the websites look skeevy, they are also accustomed to customers calling orders in by phone because we think they look skeevy too!
posted by infini at 1:32 PM on July 28, 2012 [1 favorite]

I have one exactly like you describe, and it's Finnish. I actually bought mine in Finland, but they are commonly used there and I wonder if one could be obtained here in North America in communities with high populations of Finns.

Don't know if that's helpful or not.
posted by scrute at 2:14 PM on July 28, 2012

I've placed several successful and safe orders at iShopIndian (which infini linked to), including some cookware, so if that belan appeals to you, have no fear on that count.
posted by jocelmeow at 2:20 PM on July 28, 2012

Or try Etsy - there's a number of them and I didn't go through them all, but this one is close
posted by scrute at 2:23 PM on July 28, 2012

Rolling pins are crazy easy to make if you've got a lathe. Find a friend that has a woodshop and talk them into spending half an hour making one with you.
posted by foodgeek at 2:42 PM on July 28, 2012 [1 favorite]

A cheap handsaw will make a long one into a short one in about 2 minutes.
posted by jon1270 at 3:03 PM on July 28, 2012

Fantes will have something. They may have more in the shop than on the site, too, if you call them.
posted by sepviva at 6:57 PM on July 28, 2012 [1 favorite]

I had someone hack the ends off my French rolling pin
posted by tilde at 7:23 PM on July 28, 2012

Response by poster: I have contacted the fellow who makes those lovely pins on Etsy and he is totally game. Not only do I get to pick the diameter and length, but I get to say the taper and the type of wood. Very nice.
posted by Foam Pants at 3:26 PM on July 29, 2012

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