Olivia O'Connor Rocking Horses. Hand carved timber rocking horses.
I specialise in handmade rocking horses and rocking horse restoration, I am living and working in South Gippsland, Victoria.

I grew up on a farm on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula. It was the perfect environment to develop a love for natural materials, such as wood and leather, and to appreciate the beauty of the countryside.

A love of working with timber led me to I study Furniture Design and Construction at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, for one year before being accepted into the competitive Prop Making course at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney. During this three-year specialised degree, I worked with wood, leather, foam-sculpting, model- and mould-making and puppet making.




Learn to hand carve your own timber rocking horse!

Over the course of 4 days you will learn to use traditional tools and techniques to hand carve your own rocking horse. Whilst being a simplified version of an heirloom rocking horse, your rocking horse will still use all of the same joinery and constructions techniques used in all of my rocking horses. Classes are suitable for beginners, whilst still have room for experienced students to carve a more detailed rocking horse.


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After a couple of days fine tuning the details myself, my workshop manager and the young apprentice (pictured) are thrilled to be offering private carving lessons from my workshop straight into your own home via the power of Skype, FaceTime and the internet!
Just think about what you’d like to learn!
No tools? No problem! I have spares and can hire them out via the post - same goes for timber too! We can do- Letter carving! Pattern carving! Gold/silver/copper leafing! Relief carving!And other types of carving!
Hopefully some digital downloads for rocking horse restoration will be on their way soon as well. 
Let’s all stay active, creative and connected. Send me a message if you’re interested xx
I finished my hippocampus carving just in time for the Lost Trades Fair  in Bendigo a few weeks ago. I can hardly believe the change we have seen in that time, but here we are. 
In ancient mythology the hippocampus is a symbol of strength, loyalty and bravery and I can’t help but think that is so fitting right now. 
My workshop is on my aunt and uncle’s property and whilst they are currently stuck in England, we’ve moved in to their house so that we can isolate and at least I can still be able to work. Like many makers I am used to spending my days alone as I work, but this time it’s all a little different. 
I’ve got some really exciting ideas in the works as I try to transition part of my business online, but for now I have to put my head down and keep carving! 
Thanks so much for all the support, stay safe, keep healthy and I’ll keep you posted x
Leaping hares in the clover, with little corner clover details. 
Carved by me, in American Walnut and full of movement, joy and the love of handmade. 
This one has sold, but if you’d like your own little carving please send me a message, each one will have different details and even different animals if you’d like! x 
#woodcarving #thethreehares #clover #oliviaoconnor
Hand carved sign for a front gate. 
Couldn’t have done it without the crash course from @marymaywoodcarving in her tiny shop and the late night/early morning skype lessons (and for showing me the fun in letter work) from @cminihantravishers   

#fasswayfarm #woodcarving #woodcarverImage attachmentImage attachment
The Three Hares. 
Carved on Saturday at the @losttrades fair in Bendigo for a sweet piece of American Walnut.
Ahhhh all over until next time, thanks @losttrades , it’s been a blast!
Cricket bats @sherwoodcricket , rocking horses and sunshine here at @losttrades in Bendigo!
Lost Trades Fair this Saturday and Sunday!! In Bendigo!!
I’ll be there chatting rocking horses and carving away, come say hi!
Caught hiding between the pot plants and tea leaves this little babe is finished! And also painted/gilded/tarnished/patinated! Can’t wait for you to see  the finished result, looking like a monster of the deep at Lost Trades Fair this weekend! Yippie!!
#losttrades #bendigo #woodcarver #woodcarving #hippocampus #merhorse
Farm sign nearly finished!
Late night letter carving and loving it.
Hippo-Baby just about ready to paint! 
#woodcarving #woodcarver #merhorse #hippocampus
Feeling far happier than I look at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo! I’m here doing carving demonstrations, watching working dog trials and chatting woodcarving and rocking horses!
Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you the first of many things that are more frustrating to make than rocking horses - lucky for both of us he turned out to be a cutie!  
 #dog #toydog #sewing
Unflattering positions on the workbench for this little mythical horse today!
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  • Lost Trades Fair Australia
    9-10 MARCH 2019
    Lost Trades Fair VIC
  • Seymour Alternative Farming Expo
    15-17 Feb 2019
    Seymour Alternative Farming Expo
  • Lost Trades Fair Australia
    4-5 MAY 2019
    Lost Trades Fair QLD
  • Lost Trades Fair Australia
    5-6 OCT 2019
    Lost Trades Fair NSW
  • 19-21 JULY 2019
    Australian Sheep and Wool Show


Please do not hesitate to phone or email me to discuss your dream piece, place an order or enquire about a piece on this site. I am always happy to work with your particular specifications.


PHONE: 0449 933 043