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I'm in the market for a new rolling pin. I know the style that I want (french). In terms of wood - is there anything I should look for? I'm contemplating looking for walnut or olive wood (if I can get olive wood). For this I'm looking for something that is pretty, unique and functional.

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  1. You don't want walnut or oak, too rough a surface. Maple is good, and olive wouldn't be bad. And IMHO wood is not the best material, silicone is.

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    1. re: ThreeGigs

      What do you prefer? (Sorry I just saw you said silicone)

      I love my marble rolling pin. It's heavy, heavy, heavy and it gets the job done!

      1. re: ThreeGigs

        I agree I went to a sil pin silicone rolling pin and I have not gone back. My only issue is with the cost. They are really expensive.

      2. You should have no problem finding a classic French pin in a hard rock maple ... I have two - on one the grain is slightly "raised" and is not as fine, so look for one that is really really smooth grained. Olive wood would be gorgeous but I've never seen one in my many forays into kitchen stores (love to know if you find one!)

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        1. re: CocoTO

          I have my grandmother's wood rolling pin as well as a marble rolling pin that I got a couple of years ago. I prefer the marble pin for most jobs.

        2. thanks! I didn't think about the grain being raised, so I suppose walnut is out.

          I haven't come across an olive wood rolling pin yet, so I think I'll go ahead with a maple one.

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          1. re: lobo1

            There are olive wood rolling pins around, but they're semi-expensive and it's tough to find one in stock. Plus, the pictures you see of the beautiful grain are probably not what you're going to get. Check around online and you'll see them listed for sale, but at probably 3x to 4x the cost of a decent maple pin.

            1. re: lobo1

              Have you considered a floured sock for your rolling pin of whatever wood or grain? You don't have to leave it on so your pin can still show it's lovely wood.

              When I used a wood rolling pin and didn't have a marble slab I always used a floured towel and my rolling pin sock for no sticking and the least possible added flour.

            2. I just got a tapered beechwood rolling pin, and it is slightly rough and unfinished. Should I oil it before first use? If so, what kind of oil?

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              1. I admit to having four kinds of rolling pins (maple, olivewood, silicone, and marble) and which one I select for a particular job depends on what kind of dough I'm rolling out. I've also been known to switch to another pin from the one I started with, if I'm not happy with the job the first material is doing.

                As an aside, all my wooden spoons are olivewood. I can't stand the beechwood that the spoons sold at BB&B, Target, etc are made of. I honestly forget where I found the olivewood rolling pin but I've hard it for at least 5 years, maybe longer. It was that pin that got me started on the quest to replace my cheapie wooden spoons with olivewood ones. Love the unique grain patterns in each one, too.

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                1. re: dessert_diva

                  Weird, for some reason I can't edit my previous post. Anyway, I wanted to add that my maple pin is the one my mom had, and is a beautiful smooth (probably rock?) maple. It's been washed and scrubbed within an inch of its life for literally half a century and the wood still looks great. Another case of They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To, I guess. :D