Wootown bagels are always hand rolled by me or somebody I’ve fooled into thinking it’s simple. That sucker as of now is local Wooster, Ohio Instagram legend and yogi extraordinaire Allyson Kopina (@padawanyogini). When making handmade bagels there are essentially two ways to shape your dough. While we were experimenting and tweaking our recipes we tried both, “the poke” and “the rope” methods, and we settled on the latter. I could lie and say the rope technique is a more noble or authentic way of hand making bagels but honestly it’s faster and just looks cooler while you do it.