Rolling Pin Display Case
Shadow boxes have deep frames that comfortably accommodate three-dimensional objects, such as the antique rolling pins shown here. Create a similar display by attaching small wooden dowels to the wainscoting backing of the box to support the pins and painting the inside of the box to match the wall on which it will be mounted. Place the rolling pins on the dowels after the paint dries.
Each antique pin in the photo has its own history and unusual shape and size for highly specialized tasks. The hollow rolling pin with square cutouts at lower left is a ravioli cutter, used to seal filling between two flat sheets of pasta. The pin with a ridged surface near the top of the left-hand column is most likely a cookie roller, perhaps used to make scotchbread cookies. The pin at the top right-hand column, bearing an intricate pattern, was probably used to make springerle, a traditional German Christmas sweet.