The history of cooking tools presents the Etruscans as the developers of the rolling pin, among other cooking devices. Since the rolling pin's cylindrical shape, with or without two handles, is so simple, the differences between the design of ancient rolling pins and the rolling pins nowadays are insignificant.
The rolling pins have been manufactured from various materials, such as glass bottles, baked clay, decorated porcelains and all kind of wood possible. Because the physical qualities of maple and lignum vitae are suitable to the type of action the rolling pins perform, they are the most used types of wood in manufacturing of rolling pins. For example, the lignum vitae gives resistance to the rolling pins and both these types of wood do not absorb the ingredients and do not crack.
If the rolling pins are manufactured from wood, the manufacturing process consists from the following stages:
- selection of wood and preparation of wood length;
- production of large clear dowels;
- clipping of allowed parts of long dowels that contain defects
- chamfering of lengths and counter boring of holes;
- finishing of the outer surface of pins and handles with more types of sandpaper;
- the pin and handles are assembled;
- the rolling-pins are packed, stored or shipped to retailers.