Making of a Danish Egg – Tobacco Pipe Making Videos

Danish Rubicon Tobacco Pipe by Kraig Sederquist

In this tobacco pipe making video series I show the steps that go into making one of my Danish style pipes.  The actual pipe made in this video series is shown in the picture.

Pipe makers have different ways of doing the same thing. You may see other videos where something is done completely  different.  Most of what I know I’ve figured out on my own over the years though I have gleamed some good information from   I had a few objectives in making this latest video series. One goal was to show pipe enthusiast one way of making a tobacco pipe and all the steps that go into it. The second goal was to show new pipe makers some of the steps and to show different ways on making a pipe to current hobby pipe makers.  I do not claim to be an expert in pipe making, but I think I can help some people learn new techniques if they’re starting out or are stuck trying to figure out a step.

If you’d rather view this video series on YouTube you can go there by clicking here.

Note that I will be making a few more videos showing how to drill a pipe using a drill press.  In this video series I use a metal lathe for drilling. I realize a lot of people don’t have one since it’s not a common tool.  Although I believe a metal lathe is the most precise way to drill and face a block you can make amazing pipes without a metal lathe.  All of my pipes were made with a drill press until 2020.

Drilling the Tobacco Pipe Briar Block - Video 1 of 6

Video 1 of 6 in this series. This pipe making video series walks you through all of the steps to make a Danish styled pipe. The drilling of the briar block and the stem are pretty straight forward but the shaping of the pipe will take a bit of practice. I use a French wheel but you can achieve the same results with a Dremel or Foredom tool.  The lathe I’m using is a Lathe used Grizzly G4000 9 x 19.

Starting the Stem of a Tobacco Pipe - Video 2 of 6

Video 2 of this 6 video series goes into making of the stem and all of the steps involved. The stem material was purchase from and it’s called sand. It’s an ebonite type stem similar to Cumberland stems.

Cutting the Stem V Slot and Shaping on the French Wheel - Video 3 of 6

In this video 3 of 6 in this series I start drilling the V slot of the stem and then begin shaping the pipe on a French wheel. There are many pipe making skills that are simple lines and drilling,  but the French wheel takes practice.   With practice you’ll start to see improvement.

The tool I used to cut the V slot in the stem can be purchased on Amazon by clicking the following link.

Shaping of the Tobacco pipe - Video 4 of 6

In this video 4 of 6 in the series I start shaping the pipe with sandpaper, files, emery board.  I then start fine tuning the stem.

Tobacco Pipe Stem Work, Buffing the Stem and Final Shaping - Video 5 of 6

In this video 5 of 6 in the series I start fine-tuning the shape of the stem, buffing the stem and fine-tuning the shape of the pipe.

Dying the Tobacco Pipe, Sealing and Finish of the Pipe - Video 6 of 6

In this video 6 of 6 in the series I put the final touches on my Danish styled pipe shape.  I then put the final sealer coat on the dyed briar then buff the completed pipe.

Extra Video - Making Your Own Cutting Bits

In this extra video I show how I make my own lathe cutting bits from 3/8″ x 3/8″ x 3″ HSS blanks. I use these cutting bits to cut my stem material and shape briar on some pipes.

5 Pc 3/8″ x 3/8″ x 3″ HSS Square Bits Lathe Milling Blank
Wen belt sander used. It’s a great sander for right around $100