Cherry & Resin French Rolling Pin
This entire project is an experiment. It ended with a spectacular cherry & resin french-style rolling pin, but the whole time I kept pushing the project to see what I could learn from it, not necessarily because I knew what I wanted in the end.
Step 1: Starting Out With Questions.
This is an offcutt from a huge cherry slab that I worked on last summer. When I cut this strip from the main slab, it separated right at the knot. I started to wonder if I could put it back together somehow, maybe with some resin to fill the gap.
After a long time of thinking about it, I decided if I could get it to hold together, it might make an interesting french rolling pin. And that idea presented its own set of questions. A french-style rolling pin doesn’t have an axle to roll around. It’s just a cylinder with tapered ends for handles. I figured if you’re pushing down on those tapered ends to roll out some dough, there has to be some amount of force acting on the seam, and I wasn’t sure if the resin bond would stand up to that over the lifetime of the rolling pin.