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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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Rolling Pin engraved FLOWERS & HEARTS embossing Rolling Pin Wedding gift birthday gift, mariage gift
Rolling Pin engraved FLOWERS & HEARTS embossing Rolling Pin Wedding gift birthday gift, mariage gift
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
FREE shipping for 5 x Rolling Pin engraved patterns ! SET of ANY 5 Rolling Pins Choose any rolling pin you want
FREE shipping for 5 x Rolling Pin engraved patterns ! SET of ANY 5 Rolling Pins Choose any rolling pin you want
ValekRollingPins
$178.34 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
$25.48 USD
SET OF 4 kids rolling pins - embossing pins for kids,small laser engraved rolling pins. Cat,fox, dinosaur + plain. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
SET OF 4 kids rolling pins - embossing pins for kids,small laser engraved rolling pins. Cat,fox, dinosaur + plain. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
ValekRollingPins
$57.32 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
$25.48 USD
Rolling Pins engraved - FLOWERS & HEARTS embossing rolling pin. Valentines gift romantic pattern.
Rolling Pins engraved - FLOWERS & HEARTS embossing rolling pin. Valentines gift romantic pattern.
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$38.22 USD
CHRISTMASS JUMPER *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin***Christmas***
CHRISTMASS JUMPER *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin***Christmas***
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$38.22 USD
Rolling pin engraved FOLK - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Polish FLOWER folk art. Wedding gift * Birthday Gift *
Rolling pin engraved FOLK - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Polish FLOWER folk art. Wedding gift * Birthday Gift *
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$38.22 USD
Rolling Pin engraved TEA CUPS - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Tea time! Valentines funny gift
Rolling Pin engraved TEA CUPS - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Tea time! Valentines funny gift
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$38.22 USD
SCULL - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin ***Halloween***
SCULL - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin ***Halloween***
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$38.22 USD
Rolling Pin engraved: CIRCLES , DIAMONDS, hypocycloid - Embossing rolling pin birthday gift for girlfirend, kitchen gadget. * Wedding gift *
Rolling Pin engraved: CIRCLES , DIAMONDS, hypocycloid - Embossing rolling pin birthday gift for girlfirend, kitchen gadget. * Wedding gift *
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$38.22 USD
Unicorn!  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
Unicorn! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
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$38.22 USD
FAST FOOD, burger & chips - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
FAST FOOD, burger & chips - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
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$38.22 USD
Rolling Pin CATS - Embossing rolling pin, unique gift for baking
Rolling Pin CATS - Embossing rolling pin, unique gift for baking
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$38.22 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
$38.22 USD
Rolling pin engraved : FOLK - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Polish FLOWER folk art. Wedding gift  Birthday bestseller
Rolling pin engraved : FOLK - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Polish FLOWER folk art. Wedding gift Birthday bestseller
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 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
$25.48 USD
Rolling Pin engraved  *** DEER *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin *** Wedding gift *** scandi ***
Rolling Pin engraved *** DEER *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin *** Wedding gift *** scandi ***
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$38.22 USD
CELTIC KNOT  - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
CELTIC KNOT - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
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$38.22 USD
Rolling Pin engraved SPIRALS RANDI  ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin NEW pattern *** Wedding Gift Birthday Gift ***
Rolling Pin engraved SPIRALS RANDI ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin NEW pattern *** Wedding Gift Birthday Gift ***
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
Rolling Pin engraved  * REINDEER *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin Valentines gift scandinavian scandi pattern
Rolling Pin engraved * REINDEER *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin Valentines gift scandinavian scandi pattern
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
FOXES kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
FOXES kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
ValekRollingPins
$25.48 USD
CHERIES Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin NEW pattern
CHERIES Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin NEW pattern
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
CIRCLES , DIAMONDS, hypocycloid - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
CIRCLES , DIAMONDS, hypocycloid - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
Rolling pin engraved VOLLEYBALL! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin NEW pattern *** Birthday  gift  ***
Rolling pin engraved VOLLEYBALL! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin NEW pattern *** Birthday gift ***
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
Rolling Pin engraved DAMASK - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Ethnic flower damask pattern. Anniversary gift romantic
Rolling Pin engraved DAMASK - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Ethnic flower damask pattern. Anniversary gift romantic
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
Rolling Pin engraved DINOSAURS - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin Birthday  gift funny
Rolling Pin engraved DINOSAURS - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin Birthday gift funny
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
GHOSTS - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin ***Halloween***
GHOSTS - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin ***Halloween***
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$38.22 USD
DAISY  kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
DAISY kids - embossing rolling pin for kids, small laser engraved rolling pin. Valek KIDS! Kids' toys!
ValekRollingPins
$25.48 USD
MAZE / LABYRINTH  - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
MAZE / LABYRINTH - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
Rolling pins engraved : OWLS - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin Birthday  gift funny
Rolling pins engraved : OWLS - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin Birthday gift funny
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$38.22 USD
Cookie - gingerbread man!  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin NEW pattern ***Wedding gift  *** fast shipping
Cookie - gingerbread man! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin NEW pattern ***Wedding gift *** fast shipping
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
CHRISTMAS PATTERN *** ANGELS *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin with vintage knitted pattern
CHRISTMAS PATTERN *** ANGELS *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin with vintage knitted pattern
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
Rolling Pin engraved HAPPY VALENTINES  - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. <3 Valentines gift
Rolling Pin engraved HAPPY VALENTINES - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. <3 Valentines gift
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
CAMOMILE DAISY Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
CAMOMILE DAISY Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
SNOWFLAKE ***  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin *** Winter ***
SNOWFLAKE *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin *** Winter ***
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$38.22 USD
Labrador !  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
Labrador ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
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$38.22 USD
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Rolling Pin SNOWFLAKE *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin *** Winter ***
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 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
$25.48 USD
Rolling Pin engraved: STAR WARS !  Embossing rolling pin birthday gift for boyfriend, kitchen gadget for star wars fans . Yoda darth vader
Rolling Pin engraved: STAR WARS ! Embossing rolling pin birthday gift for boyfriend, kitchen gadget for star wars fans . Yoda darth vader
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 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
$25.48 USD
Rolling Pin engraved FOXES - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
Rolling Pin engraved FOXES - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
Airedale Terrier ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
Airedale Terrier ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
Greyhounds !  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
Greyhounds ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
Rolling pin Dog & Cat Paws !  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin birthday gift
Rolling pin Dog & Cat Paws ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin birthday gift
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
Beagle !  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
Beagle ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
Rolling Pin engraved FOOTBALL - SOCCER ?? embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Birthday gift for him. Sport theme Gift
Rolling Pin engraved FOOTBALL - SOCCER ?? embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. Birthday gift for him. Sport theme Gift
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
Rolling Pin engraved 3 patterns ! SET of ANY 3 Rolling Pins Choose any 3 rolling pin you want ! Birthday gift Spring Collection !
Rolling Pin engraved 3 patterns ! SET of ANY 3 Rolling Pins Choose any 3 rolling pin you want ! Birthday gift Spring Collection !
ValekRollingPins
$101.91 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
$25.48 USD
Rolling Pin engraved ROSES & TULIPS  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin Wedding gift flower motive * Easter *
Rolling Pin engraved ROSES & TULIPS Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin Wedding gift flower motive * Easter *
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
Chihuahua !  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
Chihuahua ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 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
$25.48 USD
Music notes !  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
Music notes ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
SPIRALS  - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
SPIRALS - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
MOUSTACHE - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
MOUSTACHE - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
Rolling Pin engraved HEARTS - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. <3 Anniversary gift
Rolling Pin engraved HEARTS - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. <3 Anniversary gift
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
ROBOTS - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ROBOTS - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD
Super Bowl Rolling Pin American FOOTBAL Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin NEW pattern *** Super Bowl *** Gift for him
Super Bowl Rolling Pin American FOOTBAL Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin NEW pattern *** Super Bowl *** Gift for him
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 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
$25.48 USD
Rolling Pin engraved - I LOVE YOU languages Te quiero,  je t'aime - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. <3 Anniversary gift
Rolling Pin engraved - I LOVE YOU languages Te quiero, je t'aime - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. <3 Anniversary gift
ValekRollingPins
$38.22 USD

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