I've been rather exhilarated by the gent making his own, have done some research on some of the historical significance, seen videos and read great reviews by converts to clay. I have a concern, a question really, of the composition of the clay. You see, in history tomatoes were once thought of as poison, because of the plates and ceramics of the day. the acid from the tomatoes was enough to leach out a deadly chemical from the pottery and kill who ate from the plate with tomatoes on it. which brings me to the clay pipe. how worried should I be, about buying one of those reproduction tavern pipes from modern day pottery barns looking to fill a corner in someone's throwback to the turn of the last century themed room in their Victorian home... when I would smoke it, as it seems many of the sellers of clay pipes market this way; to poise it for a photo shoot. Not to insult the makers of clay pipes in any way of smoke-ability, however, to pose a question regarding which clay pipes to smoke, and from whom. And just as well, are my phobias of the clay of today of any consequence or merit?