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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 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
$23.42 USD
NEW YORK map cheese board - oak wood with blue epoxy resin - NEW handmade gift - small size 20x30cm - free shipping ups
NEW YORK map cheese board - oak wood with blue epoxy resin - NEW handmade gift - small size 20x30cm - free shipping ups
ValekRollingPins
$128.81 USD
USA map cheese board - oak wood with white epoxy resin - NEW handmade gift - small size 20x30cm - free shipping ups
USA map cheese board - oak wood with white epoxy resin - NEW handmade gift - small size 20x30cm - free shipping ups
ValekRollingPins
$128.81 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
$93.68 USD
world map cheese board - oak wood with black epoxy resin - NEW handmade gift - small size 20x30cm - free shipping ups
world map cheese board - oak wood with black epoxy resin - NEW handmade gift - small size 20x30cm - free shipping ups
ValekRollingPins
$128.81 USD
Chicago map cheese board - oak wood with blue epoxy resin - NEW handmade gift - small size 20x30cm - free shipping ups
Chicago map cheese board - oak wood with blue epoxy resin - NEW handmade gift - small size 20x30cm - free shipping ups
ValekRollingPins
$128.81 USD
Milano map cheese board - oak wood with blueepoxy resin - NEW handmade gift - small size 20x30cm - free shipping ups
Milano map cheese board - oak wood with blueepoxy resin - NEW handmade gift - small size 20x30cm - free shipping ups
ValekRollingPins
$128.81 USD
Greyhounds !  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
Greyhounds ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 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
$35.13 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
$23.42 USD
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
$35.13 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
$23.42 USD
MOUSTACHE - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
MOUSTACHE - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 USD
SNOWFLAKE ***  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin *** Winter ***
SNOWFLAKE *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin *** Winter ***
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 USD
CAMOMILE DAISY Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
CAMOMILE DAISY Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 USD
Chihuahua !  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
Chihuahua ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 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
$35.13 USD
TWEED, LINES - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
TWEED, LINES - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 USD
SPIRALS  - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
SPIRALS - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 USD
ROBOTS - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ROBOTS - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 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 *
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 USD
Rolling Pin engraved HONEYCOMB - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
Rolling Pin engraved HONEYCOMB - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 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
$23.42 USD
CIRCLES , DIAMONDS, hypocycloid - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
CIRCLES , DIAMONDS, hypocycloid - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 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
$35.13 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
$52.69 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 ***
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 USD
CHRISTMASS JUMPER *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin***Christmas***
CHRISTMASS JUMPER *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin***Christmas***
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 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
$35.13 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
$35.13 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
$35.13 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
$35.13 USD
MAZE / LABYRINTH  - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
MAZE / LABYRINTH - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 USD
MOTHER'S DAY - ' made by best mom ever ' - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. <3
MOTHER'S DAY - ' made by best mom ever ' - embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin. <3
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 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
$35.13 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
$35.13 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
$163.93 USD
CELTIC KNOT  - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
CELTIC KNOT - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin.
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 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
$35.13 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
$23.42 USD
Rolling Pin SNOWFLAKE ***  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin *** Winter ***
Rolling Pin SNOWFLAKE *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin *** Winter ***
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 USD
Golden Retiever !  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
Golden Retiever ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 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
$23.42 USD
FAST FOOD, burger & chips - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
FAST FOOD, burger & chips - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 USD
CHRISTMAS TREE *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin *** Birthday gift ***
CHRISTMAS TREE *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin *** Birthday gift ***
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 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
$35.13 USD
GAME OF THRONES Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
GAME OF THRONES Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 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
$46.84 USD
Corgi !  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
Corgi ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 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
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 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 *
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 USD
Rolling Pin engraved AZTEC square pattern! Embossing rolling pin, baking gift NEW pattern *** Wedding gift Birthday Gift***
Rolling Pin engraved AZTEC square pattern! Embossing rolling pin, baking gift NEW pattern *** Wedding gift Birthday Gift***
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 USD
CHERIES Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin NEW pattern
CHERIES Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin NEW pattern
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 USD
Music notes !  Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
Music notes ! Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 USD
Rolling Pin engraved KNITTED JUMPER *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin ***Wedding gift ***
Rolling Pin engraved KNITTED JUMPER *** Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin ***Wedding gift ***
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 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
$23.42 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
$35.13 USD
MOOSE - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
MOOSE - Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 USD
Rolling Pin engraved DRAGONFLY - Embossing rolling pin, unique gift for baking. Birthday wedding gift
Rolling Pin engraved DRAGONFLY - Embossing rolling pin, unique gift for baking. Birthday wedding gift
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 USD
Rolling pin engraved ZEBRA Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin NEW  Birthday gift, zoo safari pattern animal Perfect gift
Rolling pin engraved ZEBRA Embossing rolling pin, laser engraved rolling pin NEW Birthday gift, zoo safari pattern animal Perfect gift
ValekRollingPins
$35.13 USD

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