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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I’ve been enjoying carving these sleepy little hares lately, so much so I may even start dreaming about them...😴🐇❤️
#woodcarving #hare #sleepy

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So beautiful Olivia


Ruby’s been caught reading how I got into carving and rocking horses in the current issue of The Australian Woodworker Magazine. 
She’s put out due to only 1 mention of her and now it’s startlingly clear she needs reading specs!Image attachment

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Go you! Will grab a copy x

Who doesn’t love the rosy rump of a bay horse?!
Mr. Woopy you sure are looking fine!
Once I’ve carved, it takes approx 20 layers of paint and close to week to get this finish 😱😊 🐎 🎨 🎨🎨

#painting #bayhorse #horse #rockinghorse #handcarved #timberhorse #woodcarving #woodcarver #madebyme #madeinvictoria #madeingippsland

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He looks like chocolate!

Stunning. Any more photos? X

Hare, Hare, Seahorse having one final gossip in the winter sunshine before they are separated and sent to separate homes. Luckily as necklaces they will often leave the house and have vowed to keep an eye out for each other in the world beyond my workshop. Best of friends, forever connected by the knowledge they are all from the same tree.  

#carving #woodcarving #woodcarver #hare #seahorse #merhorse

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Love what you wrote Olivia Bolivia and they are beautiful.

So excited for their arrival!

Gorgeous little babies

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Just handed over the rocking horse Ash's Dad made to young grandsons for some adventure. Good to see it used.

Beautiful carving Olivia x

Love your creations Olivia inspiring ⭐️

Maybe I should’ve carved bumping elbows instead?

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Wow! What an artist you are!

A beautiful example of how we used to greet people xx

Love your work Olivia

Great work, Olivia.

Truly gifted💖💖💖💖


Very real amazing


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I’ll be live streaming some rocking horse carving with @marymaywoodcarving for anyone wanting to jump in and watch or ask questions. It’s live Mary’s Twitch TV account and also available on there to watch afterwards. 
Streaming at 7am tomorrow morning for Australia (Friday, Melbourne time) or at 5pm today (Thursday, New York Time) for America. Tune in to see if I make it to my studio on time!
Hope you’re feeling as happy as these three happy dogs chasing their tails in some gorgeous Autumn sunshine!!  
#carving #woodcarving #handcarved #dog #dogsofinstagram #happyImage attachment

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Lovely, Olivia. You are thriving on trying different things!

This is wonderfully creative. Well done

Lovely indeed!!

Hippo-baby, a real life mythical sea monster. Hand carved in timber and covered in copper leaf...should see the sparkle in the morning light! Aged, with natural oils and sealed, with just the lightest of patina colour!

#woodcarving #copper #hippocampus #seahorse #creativityxgigi #oliviaoconnorcarving

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I love this! Don’t suppose you have made a necklace or brooch or possibly could?

Breath taking 💖

Nice work!

Wow it's amazing 😍 You must be so proud!!


Oh it’s lovely !


How fabulous.

Wonderful, Olivia.

How beautiful!!!! Gorgeous work Olivia!!! 🤩

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Charlie boy clearly feeling rather settled in his new home with plenty of time to get to know everyone in isolation!
#horse #rockinghorse #memade #heirloom #creativityxgigi

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Chantelle Schultes

I think Charlie is gorgeous Olivia 😘

Love this Olivia. Can’t wait to get ours

I've always wanted a dappled grey 🙂 Charlie's beautiful

I've always one of these 😍

Love it I want one ❤️

Pricing please

Oh my goodness. How much is this type to buy




Stunning Marney Neal

Kevin Barker omg... 😍

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Little sleeping hare necklace. 
Carved by me in blackwood and finished with 🔥🔥🔥 (1st time trying, it was mildly terrifying) and oil. 
#hare #carving #woodcarving

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This is so beautiful, you are so talented xx

I think these would sell very well.... Let me know if you do!

I’m I love with it!!! 💜

Gorgeous! How big?


It’s lovely

Very gifted you are!! Great care went into this.

This is so beautiful... I love hares

So gentle and beautiful



I love this ❤️ Olivia

Sweet 💕

Thank you to everyone for such lovely feedback on this little baby! I will be carving some more and selling them for $125 each (including postage Australia wide). Each sleeping hare necklace is carved from South Gippsland Blackwood and the carving is approx 5.5cm long x 4.5cm high. Please email me at if you would like to take care of one of these little hares...or if you have another carving project in mind! Thanks so much , Olivia x

Thank you to everyone for such lovely feedback on this little baby! I will be carving some more and selling them for $125 each (including postage Australia wide). Each sleeping hare necklace is carved from South Gippsland Blackwood and the carving is approx 5.5cm long x 4.5cm high. Please email me at if you would like to take care of one of these little hares...or if you have another carving project in mind! Thanks so much , Olivia x For those who asked about purchasing: Ronda Featherstone Mary Duff Christine Ruiter 🐇😀🐇💚🐇

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I’ve been meaning to do this for quite some time and have finally colour coded my tools. I’ve met some carvers who pickup a tool, use it and lay it down in an exact spot to find quickly again but try as I might I’m just not made like that. I use a tool and before I know it I’ve picked up another one and lost the previous in a pile of wood chips - which are frequently the same colour as my tools! I’m really surprised at just how these little stripes of paint have sped up my process 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♀️ ✊ 
#woodcarving #workshop

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A good tip for garden tools too! A dab of red paint will stop you leaving them in the rain.

Beautiful! And a simple way to make life easier. 🙂

Last year I was commissioned by St Mary’s Church to carve an icon of Mary MacKillop, the first Australian Saint.  They put a lot of trust in me and through a bit of research I told them of elements I’d like the carving to portray and as a result there are some very modern elements to her pose when compared to traditional icon carvings. Most notably is Mary’s stride, it is long and full of purpose, the folds and movement of her clothing are as a result of her own forward motion. It might not seem like much but compare this with many other icons who are depicted standing still, with the movement happing around them. 
#mary #icon #iconcarving #carving #woodcarving #marymackillop

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Beautifully done, Olivia you are a very gifted artist. I am sure they will be absolutely thrilled with your interpretation Mary MacKillop who was such a strong woman.

Hi Olivia your carving is really special well done you are most talented Regards Bruce

She is beautiful. Fantastic work Olivia she is alive!

Congratulations, Olivia, she looks magnificent.



Beautiful carving Olivia. You have managed to get so much life in it!

Wow. She is stunning. I went to school at StMary’s Yarram and got married there. It is and amazing church and community. This statue of Mary is stunning. She was a woman of action. She would not have been one to rest on her laurels.

Magnificent Olivia ,love your words as you describe Mary in her moving forward action ! What a woman !

Well done Olivia. Their trust has been rewarded.

great job she's beautiful

Love it I work at a Catholic school.

Congratulations. She’s beautiful.

Beautiful. She looks amazing!

Absolutely beautiful ! Congrats to you !

Beautiful image of a strong woman X

Love it Olivia. Fantastic!

Amazingly detailed work!

Just beautiful

Just beautiful

Looking good

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Mary in progress.

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You're so talented, Olivia!

wow great work

You really are diversifying

I’m impressed Olivia. Beautiful work you’re doing.

Absolutely stunning, Olivia !

Such a beautiful face💖💖💖 Helen.

So gorgeous !

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Detail of Mary MacKillop, commissioned by St Mary’s Church, Yarram and carved by me. 
#woodcarving #mary

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My goodness you're good!


Well done, Olivia.

Amazing skills

Beautifully done!

What is the timber?


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