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January 2022 Turning Challenge

Bill Boehme

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The turning challenge for January 2022 is to turn a French rolling pin. This is a project that is within the reach of all skill levels and yet making a French rolling pin is challenging in getting the curve and ergonomics fine-tuned so that it will feel "like an extension of the baker's hands", according to one description that I read. If you Google "French Rolling Pin" you will get more information than you can use. So, let's get in the shop, have fun, give it your best shot and then show us what you did.

And now, the legal stuff:
  • Only one entry per person and only one photo of the entry. This is a turning contest, not an old photo contest, LOL. So make sure your work is something you turned for the challenge.
  • Turnings submitted for the January challenge must be started no earlier than January 3, 2022.
  • Entries must be posted in this thread.
  • The deadline for posting entries is midnight Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on January 24, 2022.
  • Voting will take place from January 25 through midnight UTC January 31, 2022.
  • The winner might have to pass a lie detector test before collecting the prizes. :rolleyes: Good luck, have fun, make shavings!! :)
When voting begins you are allowed one vote and once you have voted you won't be able to go back and change your vote. After you have voted you will be able to track the vote totals. The voting is secret (just like a real election) so nobody other than you can see who you voted for (not even the moderators/administrators). The voting will end at midnight UTC on January 31, 2022. In case of a tie vote, the forum moderators will gather in a virtual smoke-filled room to sort out the winner.
 
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I turned this with different wood type handles. Main body is 10" and handles ~5+" so OAL is 20+" Center Diameter 1-7/8" tapers to 1-3/8" ends. Different woods allow me lots of combinations. This is a Zebra wood middle with Paduk ends. Usually I use Black Walnut for 'handles', but Purple Heart makes as nice look also. I hope all my picture shows...

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I consulted a "chef" in the family. It is roughly 18" in length and 1⅝" in diameter. Glued up out of Hickory & walnut and for the rings, I drilled through the middle (3/16") and cut pieces of Sapele, and used dowels to glue everything back up, decided to put a "twist" to each section..
Finished in Tried & True Original.

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This is my first time to post, just joined AAW in Dec, been turning about a year. Wanted to make French rolling pin for nephew’s bday today so used piece of walnut had stacked in corner. It’s 16” x 1.75”, used wire for lines & texturizing tool between lines. Used Tried & True Original for finish, 5 coats, friction between coats.94323798-A51F-47DC-81D1-A331CEDF6E2F.jpeg
 
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I made 5 pins 1 birch 2 cherry and 2 hornbeam and I picked one made of cherry to enter.
The pin measures 500 MM by 48 MM (it is a French rolling pin so I am using the metric system that was introduced in France but if you don't understand the conversion is 25.4 mm per inch) made of locally sourced black cherry finished with 1 application of walnut oil. I chose to use close grained one piece wood without any details to collect dough or other debris, therefore it should be functional.DSC01165.JPG
 
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I've been making these for a few years. Mine are intended to be used, not to be showpieces. Made from eastern hard maple. 1-5/8 x 18.

A lot of fiddling around getting the curve constant from end to end and equal on both sides, measuring and trimming, measuring and trimming over and over, quite time consuming.

Then I got a Vega duplicator. First time I used it for rolling pins, I made 30 in one day.

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23 inch French rolling pin. Centre is 8 inches is 1 5/8" tapered to 1 1/8 inch at the ends. Timber used is recycled Douglas fir from the Quaker Oats flour mill built in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1909. I t was demolished in 2015. A special thank you to Michael Hosaluk for this piece of timber. It is finished with butcher block oil.0605AF20-B75B-449C-AB82-31E1A1D25EE9.jpeg
 
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14 inches long x 1 3/4 thick. Curly maple separating the four sections of: birdseye maple, curly maple, padauk, purpleheart,yellowheart, cherry, black walnut and birch.
I teach woodturning to four Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation purple heart veterans. This is a four day session with an instructor for each Hero. I have a rolling pin blank like this for each one to make and take home along with many other projects.

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Here is my entry. Turned it from a piece of hardwood I had laying around. It is 21.2 inches long. From the middle to six inches right and left of the middle... it is flat and 1.42 inches wide. It tapers down to 0.92 inches on both ends. After turning it and doing the initial sanding .. I used sanding sealer to seal it and then sanded it to 220 grit. I read that if you sand it any finer... the flour won't stick...and "they" say pastry chefs want flour to adhere to the pin when rolling out the dough....I'm a turner not a chef! And I don't know who "they" are. ;)
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