Founded by Gary and Alan McCormack, we design and manufacture a broad range of goods from premium vegetable tanned leather. Specialising in the customisation and personalisation, we have developed working relationships with individual and corporate customers in over 50 countries across six continents. A close-knit team of nine, together we pool our experience to ensure overall quality. We finish each product by hand and take pride in everything that we make.
Our products are made using both traditional and modern manufacturing techniques. Our classically trained cobbler uses his collection of vintage sewing machines to get the perfect stitch while our customisation is carried out on state of the art Co2 laser machines by skilled graphic designers.
In November 2011 we began handcrafting a range of wood and leather tech accessories in a humble garden shed. We designed products that we wanted to use ourselves and had a lot of fun doing it. We developed our own ecommerce store and began marketing and selling our goods online. CarveOn was born.
In 2013, after some initial success, a lot of hard work and armed with a grant from our extremely supportive Local Enterprise Office, we moved the business to a former milking-parlour on a farm in our home-village of Kill, Co. Kildare. The converted farmyard was home to lots of other small manufacturing businesses who were quick to share equipment, resources, and expertise.
Over the next three years, we grew our capabilities, equipment, product range, and most importantly our team. Although extremely happy in our 1,000 ft2 workshop, it wasn’t long before we reached capacity. It became apparent we would need significantly more space and staff if we were to keep up with growing demand.
In 2016, after an exhaustive search, we found an old 15,000 ft2 metalwork factory which had been unused for over eight years. It was situated in the nearby picturesque town of Kilcullen. It was a fixer upper but had the perfect amount of character. Over the next six months, assisted by family and friends, we painstakingly refurbished one of the two buildings on the one-acre site. We knocked down all internal rooms, removed all the outdated wiring and started again. We designed each space with the same care and attention to detail that we apply to our products, packaging, website, and work furniture.
Our new workshop is our second home. It's a place designed to encourage and celebrate creativity, innovation, tradition, and friendship. It's home to old and new manufacturing equipment including industrial sewing machines, leather splitters, embossing presses, laser engravers, a photography studio, offices, meeting rooms, and creative spaces.
CarveOn has received amazing support from the talented team at the Local Enterprise Office Kildare. We are proud to be a registered 'Craft Enterprise' with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland.