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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.


Chip, chip, chipping paint…just how many days will it take for me to chip off all this old paint and gesso? ... See MoreSee Less
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It’s the last days of Material Obsession at @csc_gallery An exhibition between @lauradortmansceramics , @lucehersey and myself. This was such fun to exhibit with friends and to finalise ideas I’ve only had in my head or quickly sketched on scraps of paper. This is ‘Maggie’, I carved her from sliky oak and have finished her with charcoal straight out of the fire place!Our show closes this Sunday, thank you everyone who has been so far and contacted me with such lovely comments 🥰 #cscgallery #materialobsessionshow #maggie #magpie #woodcarving #woodart #woodartist #art #artisit #morningtonpeninsula #southgippsland #visitvic #flinders #gallery #friends ... See MoreSee Less
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‘Where The Clouds Kiss The Hills’ For years I have played around with carving through layers and loved the look on little scraps of timber, this is the first time I have realised all that inspiration and experimentation into a finished piece. This piece has received the most positive feedback from my exhibition at Cook Street Collective] I thought I was only displaying it for myself and didn’t expect people to like it - sometimes it’s nice to be proven wrong! Local, beautiful South Gippsland Blackwood timber and Gold Leaf.263mm diameter. See this baby at Cook Street Collective] until June 26th. #southgippsland #art #artist #afordableart #woodcarving #woodcarver #contemporarycraft #gold ... See MoreSee Less
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Olivia O'Connor Carving
‘Where The Creek Widens’ made for Material Obsession at @csc_gallery I love this time of year where the creeks that only ran a trickle suddenly flow with purpose, filling dams and making the ducks happy! Thin, winding streams turn a bend and widen. The ripples spread, keeping up with the flow and mesmerising those who stop to watch. #jarrah #woodcarving #contemporaryart #contemporarycraft #gallery #winter #creek #water #ripple #materialobsessionshow #oliviaoconnorcarving ... See MoreSee Less
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Ripple. I can’t think of a single time I don’t like to sit and watch clear water ripple over a creek bed. I love how it creates little patterns in the sand that only last for a moment, constantly shifting slightly. I set myself the challenge of trying to capture that movement and pattern in a piece of wood. This Blackwood is spectacular, when the light hits it shines gold, with streaks of black, caramel, tan, honey and red oxide. Contact Cook Street Collective Gallery (Flinders, VIC) for more info. @csc_gallery #art #woodcarving #creek #ripple #water #materialobsessionshow #cookstreetclective ... See MoreSee Less
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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



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