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What is a Tapered French Rolling Pin and Why Is It Better?

Do you like to cook? Do you enjoy baking? Do you often use a rolling pin when you bake or cook at home? If you answered yes to these questions, then keep reading! You may have heard that French rolling pins are better than American rolling pins when it comes to baking and cooking, but what exactly is a French rolling pin? Is it really better than American rolling pins? And how can you know if it’s right for your needs? Keep reading to find out!

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What are the best features of each rolling pin?

Compared to an American pin, a French pin is longer and more gently curved, giving you greater leverage when rolling out dough. For most people, however, these differences don’t make much of a difference in terms of overall functionality; there are other reasons to prefer either style. At least as important as shape is material: French pins are made from wood (such as oak or maple). Because they’re made from solid wood, they tend to be sturdier than pins with metal handles and are less likely to warp over time. By contrast, American pins are hollow, become damaged if misused. Whichever style you choose will ultimately depend on your own preferences—and what makes sense for your kitchen.

Which rolling pin is easier to use?

French rolling pins are generally longer, smoother and tapered at the ends. They make it easier to roll out dough evenly, simply because of their design; with an American pin, you’re more likely to roll away from your body than toward it. This can create rips in your dough or baked good. With a Tapered French pin, though, there’s no need to worry about that since you can easily move backward if needed. Most people agree that a French pin is easier to use for inexperienced cooks. Using an American pin requires a little more finesse, which is something not everyone has right off the bat. For example, if you have shaky hands when you first start cooking—and most of us do—it might be better to stick with a French pin until you gain more experience. Besides length, both types work equally well for rolling out dough.

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What size rolling should you get?

The size of your rolling pin should depend on what you’re planning to use it for. Smaller rolling pins are useful for smaller projects like pie crusts or cookies, while larger ones are ideal for batches of bread dough or larger piecrusts. If you do get a small one, however, don’t despair—you can still make beautiful pies with it.

Why wood for a rolling pin?

Wood has been used for centuries to make rolling pins. Today, many professional bakers still swear by them for producing flakier doughs than those made with plastic, metal or silicone. Wood can also absorb some of your heat, making it easier to roll out delicate pastries . Once you’ve found one you like, you should rub it with a food grade oil every few months to keep it smooth and preserve its finish (and freshness).

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American AKA Bakers rolling pin


Comfortable Handles. 


Hollowed center making them more likely to become damaged. Requires a little more finesse to use.

French Rolling Pin AKA Tapered Rolling Pin


Longer, Made from solid wood. Easier for most to use.


No handles.

Where to buy a tapered French rolling?

The truth is that it’s not easy to buy a rolling pin. There are so many options on Amazon, which make sense since there are several things to consider before buying one: weight, material (wood or silicone), shape (oval, cylinder or tapered) and also length if you’re looking for a very long one. Here at Clines Crafted Woodworking LLC we have a wide range of them! Made from locally sourced hardwoods - all hand made in the Kentucky by a skilled craftsman - and coated with 100% food safe non-toxic finishes, these pins can be just what you need. Our rolling pins are as beautiful as they are functional and a great addition to any kitchen. Check them out in our shop!

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Why is one end flat?

Inez Vondran

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