About - backup
Irish Woodworks is a combination of ideas and companies that all started at Notre Dame. Fresh out of his time in the ESTEEM program, Jeff Riney started a woodworking company called Expressive Woodworks. He was producing custom woodwork items for four different dorms but when COVID hit, things became difficult. He decided to move on from his woodworking company saying "I would never do this again." However, by the summer, a fellow entrepreneur and faculty member at Notre Dame, Matt Leevy realized that Jeff had been on to something. Matt and his partner, Sean Kassen, had previously started a company, Benefactory, which focused on producing customized gift items for Notre Dame stakeholders. Jeff rejoined the entrepreneurial battlefield and these companies merged to create Irish Woodworks. Eventually, Jeff amended his previous statement and said, “I can’t believe I ever said that cause this is one of the greatest things I have ever done."
The company rapidly expanded to create customized woodwork items for all of the Notre Dame dorms and added staff members who could focus on the design aspect, such as Shreejan Shrestha. Since then, Irish Woodworks has had great trajectory with over 1,900 orders. Currently, Irish Woodworks works alongside the Innovation Lab at Notre Dame to produce their customized items. However, they are looking to expand to having their own equipment and business office. They are also looking to expand their pre-designed inventory to include clubs, sports, and band items to add to their existing dorm items.
They will also continue with their original idea, creating custom items. Upon contact, Irish Woodworks prides itself on completing 100% of projects offered.
"Matt Leevy is really the magic behind making this company happen." - Jeff Riney
“This company is all about Jeff Riney and so grateful for his work” -Matt Leevy