Jack Weinberger (whose initials served as his marque's name) took up pipemaking after retiring from a career in law. He worked mainly in freehand shapes, and good timing (i.e. making freehand pipes right when freehand shapes exploded in popularity) combined with a reputation for solid engineering saw his brand enjoy such popularity that he eventually hired-on several other sets of hands to help out, including Scott Parfumi, who was a grandson of pipemaker Joe Cortigiano, Diane Doerr, whose specialty was shaping floral rims styled after a woman's lips. He was also the older fellow who you may have heard mentioned as helping Mark Tinsky and his friend Curt Rollar get into pipemaking. Though there obviously has been some tweaking and smoothing-out of the straight Apple design, overall it's a more conservative example of JHW shaping, and a very solid sitter.
- Eric N. Squires