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May 19, 2014

by Zuzia Kozerska

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My name is Zuzia, and I make laser-engraved rolling pins from my home in Warsaw, Poland. My shop is called Valek Rolling Pins. My secret mission: to bring some fun to baking.

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When I got a laser engraver, I started thinking about all the cool things I could make with it. I enjoy baking cookies and birthday cakes, but decorating them is a whole different thing. I never really managed to make my pastries look fun and delicious without spending the whole weekend on it, so I decided to follow an idea from my sister Julia and try making high-quality, laser-engraved wooden rolling pins with cool patterns.

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The first rolling pin I made was for my niece’s birthday. She is absolutely nuts about cats, so I knew that would be my first pattern. I spent a great amount of time engraving, testing and baking (over and over) to fine-tune the process and design. After a lot of experimentation, I discovered both the ideal recipe for my cookies and the perfect rolling pin to work with, made from Polish beech wood and gorgeous just by itself. Finally, I needed a way to package my rolling pins. Obviously nothing specifically  existed for that, so I designed my own triangular package from scratch, which I also cut with my laser. I wanted the packaging – and the experience of opening it – to be unique. Don’t we all love opening gifts?

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Since I opened my shop last December, I’ve sold nearly 2,000 laser-engraved rolling pins. It’s been a lot of work adapting my production method to match such a huge demand; I had to go full-time, get a second laser, and regularly ask my boyfriend, brother and friends to help out. I’m completely exhausted, but it’s really rewarding. I do everything from home, so I had to transform a wall-mounted pant-hanging rack into a rolling pin storage system. I basically have a wall full of rolling pins!

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Etsy has been an amazing way to get my small idea to travel from Poland all around the world, and to get a whole lot of super nice, heartwarming messages from complete strangers. It’s especially gratifying since I never finished design school (too expensive) and I’m kind of self-taught. In the future, I hope to finally get my own workshop somewhere near Warsaw; I’d love to build a space in the woods where it’s all beech, birch and pine near the Wisła river. It’s really lovely there.

All photographs by Valek Rolling Pins.

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FOLK - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Polish FLOWER folk art.
FOLK - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Polish FLOWER folk art.
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
PERSONALIZED wedding gift , personalize gift, CUSTOM rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin with name
PERSONALIZED wedding gift , personalize gift, CUSTOM rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin with name
ValekRollingPins
$45.75 USD
Daschund !  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
Daschund ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
OWLS - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
OWLS - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
CATS - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
CATS - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
DINOSAURS - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
DINOSAURS - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
KALEIDOSCOPE SMALL Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
KALEIDOSCOPE SMALL Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
CELTIC KNOT  - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
CELTIC KNOT - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
SNOWFLAKE ***  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin ***Christmas***
SNOWFLAKE *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin ***Christmas***
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
Dog & Cat Paws !  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
Dog & Cat Paws ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
DOGS kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
DOGS kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
ValekRollingPins
$22.87 USD
PAISLEY - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Indian paisley pattern.
PAISLEY - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Indian paisley pattern.
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
FOLKLORE FLOWERS & ANIMALS embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Folk art pattern.
FOLKLORE FLOWERS & ANIMALS embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Folk art pattern.
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
I LOVE YOU languages - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. <3
I LOVE YOU languages - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. <3
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
Custom rolling pin - laser engraved rolling pin to emboss your cookies
Custom rolling pin - laser engraved rolling pin to emboss your cookies
ValekRollingPins
$68.62 USD
HONEYCOMB - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
HONEYCOMB - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
SPIRALS  - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
SPIRALS - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
DAMASK - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Ethnic flower damask pattern.
DAMASK - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Ethnic flower damask pattern.
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
CHRISTMAS PATTERN *** knitted jumper *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin with vintage knitted pattern
CHRISTMAS PATTERN *** knitted jumper *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin with vintage knitted pattern
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
STAR WARS!  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
STAR WARS! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
TWEED, LINES - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
TWEED, LINES - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
CIRCLES , DIAMONDS, hypocycloid - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
CIRCLES , DIAMONDS, hypocycloid - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
CHERIES Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin NEW pattern
CHERIES Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin NEW pattern
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
Christmas JUMPER kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
Christmas JUMPER kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
ValekRollingPins
$22.87 USD
FLOWERS and HEARTS kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
FLOWERS and HEARTS kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
ValekRollingPins
$22.87 USD
ROBOTS kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
ROBOTS kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
ValekRollingPins
$22.87 USD
Flowers & Hearts
Flowers & Hearts
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
CAMOMILE DAISY Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
CAMOMILE DAISY Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
TEA CUPS - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Tea time!
TEA CUPS - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Tea time!
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
MAZE kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
MAZE kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
ValekRollingPins
$22.87 USD
MAZE / LABYRINTH  - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
MAZE / LABYRINTH - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
REINDEER *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin***Christmas***
REINDEER *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin***Christmas***
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
FOLKLOR TULIPS - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Folklor flower pattern.
FOLKLOR TULIPS - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Folklor flower pattern.
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
Unicorn!  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
Unicorn! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
FOXES - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
FOXES - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
DINOSAURS kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
DINOSAURS kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
ValekRollingPins
$22.87 USD
Labrador !  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
Labrador ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
Corgi !  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
Corgi ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
Football - Soccer ?? embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
Football - Soccer ?? embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
GAME OF THRONES Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
GAME OF THRONES Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
Music notes !  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
Music notes ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
HEARTS - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. <3
HEARTS - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. <3
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
DOGS - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
DOGS - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
CARS kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
CARS kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
ValekRollingPins
$22.87 USD
PINEAPPLE Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin NEW pattern
PINEAPPLE Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin NEW pattern
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
FOLK kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
FOLK kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
ValekRollingPins
$22.87 USD
Fleur de lis kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
Fleur de lis kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
ValekRollingPins
$22.87 USD
STO LAT! - embossing rolling pin, laser-engraved rolling pin
STO LAT! - embossing rolling pin, laser-engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
Gluten free - embossing rolling pin, wedding gift
Gluten free - embossing rolling pin, wedding gift
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
Vegan - embossing rolling pin, wedding gift
Vegan - embossing rolling pin, wedding gift
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
MOUSTACHE - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
MOUSTACHE - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
ROBOTS - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ROBOTS - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
WINDMILL  - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
WINDMILL - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
DEER kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
DEER kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
ValekRollingPins
$22.87 USD
CATS kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toy!
CATS kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toy!
ValekRollingPins
$22.87 USD
Greyhound !  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
Greyhound ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
FLOWERS and HEARTS - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. <3
FLOWERS and HEARTS - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. <3
ValekRollingPins
$34.31 USD
CIRCLE kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
CIRCLE kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
ValekRollingPins
$22.87 USD
I LOVE YOU kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
I LOVE YOU kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
ValekRollingPins
$22.87 USD
SNOWFLAKE kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
SNOWFLAKE kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
ValekRollingPins
$22.87 USD

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