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1940s Mining Life

Traditional wooden rolling pin
Traditional wooden rolling pin
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Rolling pins are still used for rolling pastry, but years ago they had more uses than that of a simple household appliance. This rolling pin is wooden, but rolling pins made of nailsea glass held great sentimental value. They were made by reheating glass with enamel chips to make beautiful patterns, and were given as love tokens, often by departing mariners. Rolling pins could also be made out of porcelain and filled with water to keep the pastry cool and give the rolling pin extra weight. Early rolling pins were made out of sycamore which does not colour or flavour food.
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