Oliver Holbein (2004) – Managing Director & Marketing
Holbein Carpentry & Joinery Ltd. was established in 2004 by Oliver and his wife Patricia, after he obtained a Higher Certificate in Furniture Production & Manufacturing from GMIT. Oliver has developed the company from humble beginnings, expanding from a workshop adjacent to the family home, to its current location in a much larger workshop in Kenmare. He has overseen the growth of the company’s joinery for both commercial and residential projects, and has developed a strong team to support his vision. Oliver is proud to carry on the carpentry tradition of the Holbein family into its third generation. His primary expertise is in designing stairs. Oliver enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, hill walking and rowing.
Since establishing Holbein Carpentry & Joinery, Patricia has provided Oliver with essential support. She emphasises and maintains environmental awareness and sustainable thinking within the company. In particular, she strives to promote consideration and consciousness in the use of natural resources. Patricia has a degree in Environmental Management and is Biodiversity Officer for Kenmare Tidy Towns. She enjoys the outdoors, hill walking and growing flowers and vegetables in the garden.
Michael O’Sullivan (2017) – Project Manager
Michael has a degree in Materials Technology & Education. He draws on his mechanical, civil, and graphic design experience to generate attractive designs for client’s, unifying their unique requirements and bringing their projects to life. Michael is the contact point for the customer, facilitating the design of each tailor made product. He has also been a driving force in developing a brand and identity for the company by further establishing a reputation, that is associated with unique projects and quality output. Michael enjoys organic farming, various sports, and history.
Colm manages the production on the workshop floor; overseeing all joinery work and assuring quality in every product. He has a degree in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering from CIT. Colm maintains the workshop flow, ensures a safe working environment for the staff, oversees the upkeep and maintenance of the workshop machinery, and encourages lean thinking from our team through his management. His engineering background has been hugely beneficial in establishing an effective production line within the workshop. As a third generation craftsman, Colm has valuable knowledge in woodwork and the product itself. He enjoys cycling, and restoration projects.
Sean O’Sullivan (2013) – Furniture Production Manager
Sean manages and produces most of the Holbein Carpentry & Joinery furniture projects. He studied Civil Engineering for 3 years. As a master cabinet maker, Sean specialises in kitchens and furniture. His eye for detail and his finesse with working on furniture projects, are crucial to Holbein Carpentry & Joinery & the client. He provides training to new staff members and is a fantastic teacher. Sean gives provides valuable support for Colm in managing the production on the workshop floor. Sean enjoys cycling and being in nature.
Lisa O’Sullivan (2013) – Accounts Administrator
Lisa is our accounting technician with 20-years’ experience in accounts and administration. She is responsible for the company accountancy, safety, and human resources. The ever evolving safety sector is a responsibility, which Lisa undertakes, to ensure security for all staff members. Lisa enjoys outdoor activities like walking and hiking, and reading a good book.
Lisa – Marie Nickl (2020) – Procurement & System Administrator Marketing
Lisa-Marie Nickl graduated with an apprenticeship in hotel business and has worked in both hotel and law firm environments as a receptionist. She undertakes procurement and systems administration, whilst assisting with general office tasks. Furthermore, her responsibilities include marketing the Holbein Carpentry & Joinery website and following up with clients, making sure they are satisfied with their final product and level of service. Lisa-Marie enjoys travelling, diving, and action sports.
Robin Holbein (2004) – Mechanical Engineer & Lean systems
Robin’s role within the business is as CNC programmer, as well as focusing on system improvements. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Robin’s experience has been beneficial in assisting Holbein Carpentry & Joinery to develop their production and increase knowledge about sustainability and efficiency in the manufacturing process. He enjoys kayaking, fishing, camping, and running.
Jethro O’Neill (2014) – Finishing Site Foreman/Public Relations
Jethro is a qualified joiner and carpenter. He joined the Holbein Carpentry & Joinery team, after working in carpentry for 15 years. As Finishing Site Foreman, Jethro fits the final product in place on site, representing the company in the final phase of service. He has a strong attention to detail and ensures that all products are installed to a high standard. He is dedicated and considerate in his approach, which is integral to providing a high level of service to our clients. Jethro enjoys cycling and spending time with his family.
Christopher Allin (2015) – Master Carpenter
Chris is a qualified joiner with over 40-years’ experience in his field. He began his career as an apprenticeship joiner in the 1980’s, before working on building sites and being self-employed for many years. He is focused on stairs production at Holbein Carpentry & Joinery, and is involved in manufacturing all components and their finishing. Chris enjoys walking, growing his own vegetables, and travelling.
Cedric Michel (2016) – Spray Paint Finisher
Cedric gained his knowledge and experience in electroplating, mould making, and car spraying. Using this background, Cedric carries out most of the spraying and sanding operations for the company. His attention to detail and consistent quality of work are integral to his day-to-day role. Cedric enjoys any form of sport, kite and mould making.
Donal Spillane (2019) – Cabinet Maker
Donal is a certified Production Technician. After spending time as boat builder and working on construction sites, he worked as a carpenter and gained 16-years of valuable experience. With Holbein Carpentry & Joinery, Donal’s main focus is on carpentry and furniture production. He enjoys farming and riding his motor bike.
David Whitehead (2009 + 2019) – Trainee Joiner
David began with Holbein Carpentry & Joinery as a general labourer, but has moved into a trainee joiner role and assists with workshop production. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering. David is adaptable and a quick thinker, which allows him to rapidly learn new techniques that he implements into the manufacturing process. He enjoys travelling and hiking.
Joseph Keehan (2009) – Trainee Joiner
Since finishing school, Joe has worked in construction and on building sites, and has specialised as a tree surgeon. Having spent many years cutting down trees before joining Holbein Carpentry & Joinery, he humorously notes that he now enjoys putting them back together. Joe joined the company as a general labourer and has progressed onto trainee joiner. He provides great support for Jethro on site, fitting stairs, kitchens, doors, and various furniture; he also assists with workshop production. Joe enjoys rowing and crochet.
Bobby Tangney (2013) – Contract Fitter
Bobby is a qualified carpenter and joiner. He has been self-employed for 15 years and has worked as a contract fitter with Holbein Carpentry & Joinery over the last 7 years. His main expertise is fitting curved stairs; he has an eye for detailed work and a strong initiative. Bobby enjoys running, art, and reading, and has recently completed a degree in Psychology.
Thomas Domanski (2014) – Contract Fitter
Thomas is a qualified carpenter and joiner. He has been self-employed for 13. His main expertise is fitting on site and spraying operations in the workshop. His wide range of knowledge in carpentry along with his reliability and attention to detail are a great value to the company. Thomas enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his family.
David Breen (2006) – Contract Fitter
David is a qualified carpenter and joiner. He has been self-employed for 17 years. His main expertise is fitting on site and the construction of timber frame houses. David has a wide range of knowledge in the entire building trade and has a fast understanding of 3D trigonometry. He is a great asset to the company. David enjoys being with his family, fishing and boating.
Jimmy O’Connor (2015) – Contract fitter
Jimmy is a qualified carpenter and joiner. He has been self-employed for 21 years. His main expertise is fitting joinery, such as, doors, stairs, and panelling. His consistency and reliability are a great asset to the company. Jimmy enjoys running, cycling, and swimming.
Winfried Holbein – Founder
Winfried is Oliver, Colm, and Robin’s father. Born in Germany, he completed an apprenticeship in tool making and gained skills in carpentry and joinery from his father. In the late 1970’s he brought his training and knowledge to Kenmare, Ireland, later teaching his sons his carpentry skills. In the 1980’s, Winfried put his skills and professional knowledge into developing a tree nursery. Then, in the late 1990’s with the help of his sons, he began to focus on joinery. Winfried enjoys sailing and growing trees.
Gaby Holbein – Founder
Gaby, also from Germany, is Oliver, Colm, and Robin’s mother. She is a qualified accountant technician. She managed the business accountancy to support Winfried and Oliver in the early days of Holbein Carpentry & Joinery. Gaby enjoys gardening and knitting.
Furthermore, we would like to acknowledge our dedicated apprentices and part-time staff, including our IT and electrical support