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    Thanks to the Lovely pin, perfectly flat pie pastry every time

    Rolling out pastry sounds easy, but to get the dough perfectly flat, so it bakes evenly, a Lovely rolling pin ($19.99) is the tool to use. It was designed by Bob Hartwig, owner with his wife, Gina, of Lovely: A Bake Shop in Chicago. The sturdy, 24-inch maple pin has a ¼-inch collar at each end, which help you roll pastry to a uniform thickness. Made by J. K. Adams of Dorset, Vt., experts in sustainably grown hardwood products, the Lovely works like any rolling pin, but the lifts give it an edge. Available at Kitchen Outfitters, Acton Woods Plaza, 342 Great Road, Acton, 978-263-1955; Local Root, 221 Concord Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-2400; KitchenWares by Blackstones, 215 Newbury St., Boston, 857-366-4237.