Our Team

Our team of dedicated professional remodelers will help transform your home into the perfect sanctuary that you richly deserve. Our team has dozens years experience in remodeling, design, project management and more! Get to know some of our team members here at Carpentry by Chris.


Chris Weckmann, owner of Carpentry by Chris in Iowa City, Iowa.

Chris Weckmann, owner of Carpentry by Chris in Iowa City, Iowa.

Chris Weckmann- Owner

Owner Chris Weckmann brings a lot of talent and expertise to the design-build process. In addition to more than 20 years experience in the design-build business, Chris has earned these certifications and industry recognition:

Craig Murphy, Senior CarpenterCraig Murphy – Senior Carpenter

  • Specializes in custom cabinetry and roofing
  • Craig previously owned a roofing company for 15 years
  • Craig has also been self-employed crafting custom furniture and restoring antique furniture for over 20 years
  • With Carpentry by Chris since spring 2005
  • Lead Safety Certified
  • Resident of Washington, IA.
  • Craig and his wife Lisa have five lovely girls: Tiffany, Amanda, Courtney, MacKenzie and Ryle.



Abby Montgomery- Office/Project Manager

  • Chris’ right hand in the day to day organization and operations of the company.  The scope of Abby’s responsibilities include but are not limited to overseeing company financials, customer communication, product ordering, project scheduling, coordination with vendors and subcontractors & designing interior spaces using Chief Architect
  • B.A. in Economics from University of Iowa 2005
  • With Carpentry by Chris since spring 2005
  • Iowa native residing in West Branch with her husband Patrick, daughter and son.

Patrick Montgomery, Senior CarpenterPatrick Montgomery -Senior Carpenter

  • Specializes in framing, trim work and creative problem solving
  • 20+ years residential construction experience
  • With Carpentry by Chris since  spring 2004
  • Lead Safety Certified
  • Patrick has attended many technical and managerial continuing education courses
  • Resident of West Branch, IA.
  • Married Abby in 2008, became a father in 2010
  • Enjoys camping, fishing, cooking  and spending time with friends and family

Jake Woodard, CarpenterJake Woodard -Carpenter

  • Specialties include painting, interior mouldings and attention to details
  • Previous employment over 10 years commercial and residential painting
  • With Carpentry by Chris since summer 2010
  • Diploma of Carpentry from Kirkwood Community College, OSHA certification
  • Enjoys various types of games and sports