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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.


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They have some good toys Olivia😎

This sweet girl went on a truck all the way to Sydney last week. She stood, completed, in my workshop for about 6 weeks before she left (normally I only have my horses for a week before they go to their homes). I miss her a little bit 💕💕  #rockinghorse #horse #palomino #woodcarving #woodcarver #mare #sandy #honey #missyou #sydney #madeingippsland

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She is beautiful Olivia🌈

Wow.. she is beautiful.

She’s beautiful 😍

Absolutely beautiful beautiful

Love her...💖💖

She is beautiful <3

Unfortunately I wasn't able to watch your carving session with carbetec, I have soon many questions

Beautiful 🤩

Wow so beautiful.

Beautiful !


So beautiful


Super cute 🥰

Loving the timber grain too. ❤️

Stunning. 😍


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Failing terribly at trying to take cute picture of cute dogs in the workshop.  #fail #dogsofinstagram #apprentice #manager #blueheeler #redheeler

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Good to see you!

Took a break from sanding and painting rocking horses to play with my wombat woodblock. He looks so at home on this fence post in the sun, will I ever be able to convince him to make more prints? 
Hope the sun is shining wherever you are today! 
☀️☀️☀️  #wombat #woodblock #sunny #sunsoutwombatsout #woodblock #print #carving

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He is beautiful, do you have pictures of the prints he makes

So beautiful, oh I love him! 🖤

Gorgeous cheeky little guy

He is so cute Olivia

Love him/her!.

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Happy Sunny Sunday! ☀️☀️☀️
It’s time to carve back these leg plates and have this little pony start to look like a bit more like a fat little pony 💕  #rockinghorse #sunny #sunday #woodwork #woodcarving #workinprogress #workinghorse #pony #fatpony #handmade #goingtoqueensland

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Yoga pose or just awfully uncomfortable?

I don’t know what it’s like to carve alone…or without tripping over dogs 😂😂🐕🐾  #woodcarving #bestfriends #dogsofinstagram #goodboy #terry

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I’d take that as a positive!

I finished and delivered this Dapple Grey Mare to her new home last week 🥰🥰🥰  #rockinghorse #woodcarving #horse #woodentoys #woodenhorse #childhood #heirloom #grey #dapplegrey #oliviaoconnorcarving

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I have an unsaddled rocking horse, wondering if you could help me out with where to purchase a saddle and bridle?


Lovely work Olivia.



Gorgeous ❤️

Carol Hassell these r nice 😊

Terrific, as usual.

Yes, she is smiling!

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Send summer vibes - and maybe a pair of eyes. It’s a little bit chilly today in the studio as I’m finishing off this little lady. ☀️🐎☀️🐎☀️  #rockinghorse #woodcarver #woodcarving #horse #mare #dapplegrey #chilly #summervibes

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Can only imagine. No doubt rain isn’t far away from you guys. My sister tells me there’s lots of water laying about.

She’s smiling 🥰

It looks young .

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A sample of what we made!

Haven’t done a woodblock since TAFE. Loved it.

Love you work and your Rocking Horses. Fantastic video, it's brilliant.

This Saturday (June 12th) I’ll be demonstrating woodblock carving and printing from my workshop straight to your computer! It’s live so you can even ask questions in real time!  It’s via the @carbatec YouTube channel at 10.30am (Melbourne time) and will be fun 🥳  #woodcarving #woodblock #woodblockprinting #printmaking #woodcarver #carbatec #oliviaoconnorcarving
Protea and friends carving in progress.  Should I paint it?  #woodcarving #nativeflowers #woodcarver #art #artwork #hangingsculpture

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Looks awesome! Hard to say, I think you’d make it look awesome either way!!

Wonderful Olivia, I would not paint it but perhaps just rub a little colour into protea flower

Ditto above, lovely as it is.

May be some sort of natural oil ?

Ooooh can't wait to see what you do. 🤔😊

I think no. Xx



It's beautiful


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LIVE RADIO!  I don’t like the sound of my own voice, so I might let @glenrundellchairmaker and @ruthallenglass do most of the talking 😂😂 as we are on ABC National Radio, Saturday Nightlife Program at 10pm tonight (my bed time!)!  Tune in to hear us in conversation with David Prior as we discuss what it takes to be a maker in this modern age and the importance of good training and well made work.  It’ll be fun!  @abcradionational

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This is awesome!!! Everyone hates the sound of their own voice, don’t let it stop you from owning the radio waves


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PHONE: 0449 933 043



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