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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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Love them all!

My recent rabbit made from an off cut of Huon. Currently carving off cuts to get back into the groooove of carving 🤣

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Maybe a little beaver?

I think it’s beautiful 🙂

Looks like a cute love child between a koala and a wombat

you have a bad day at the office lol?

Rabbit head, swipe to see it finished! I just love playing with textural facets. 
I used local South Gippsland Blackwood (yes, you can carve Blackwood. I’ve only encountered 1 piece that I couldn’t even dent - it was like concrete 😩 - but this piece carved like a dream 🥰).  #rabbit #blackwood #carving #woodcarving #southgippsland #easterbunnyImage attachment
Rabbit Family 🥰 
A mother commissioned this little bunny family, for her human family - a little bunny for each, to pop in their pocket and hold when times are tough and when times are good, to remind that no matter how far they travel, they are always family.  Isn’t that just so lovely?  #rabbit #woodcarving #family #bunny #familyties #love #care #huonpine #woodcarver #handmade #madeingippsland #oliviaoconnorcarving

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Oh my goodness, so beautiful.


I just love this idea ♥️

What a beautiful concept! Wish I had thought of it. Is it going to be a one-off Olivia?

Aww ❤

Carmen Connell thought of you.

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Fireplace surround I made for my parents about 7 years ago. Every year I add a new animal face. So far they have a cow, horse, pig, chicken, dog and rabbit. It’s also fun for me to see how much my carving is improving with each new animal that is added.  #blackwood #madeingippsland #woodcarving #fire #hot

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Goddamn that is beautiful. making me look at my fireplace, and my total lack of carving skills

I adore your work, This Is Beautiful, and Incredible ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Lovely work in progress 👍

This is so lovely

Wonderful, whimsical and creative. love it.

After all this time your skills still amaze me what you can do! Wonderful

Sent y o u a PM


That’s just beautiful. And amazing.

That’s so cool Olivia!!

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Curls within curls. How great is woodcarving?!  #huonpine #rabbit #woodcarving

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Sorry I missed your live stream because I was working, but I am keen to have a look now 👌

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Ruby explaining to Ned that she is, in fact, Queen Of All The Water Troughs. 
Ned is throughly agreeing.  #bestdogs #farmlife #happydogs #queen #queenruby

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I just love it Olivia 😘🐾🐾

A wonderful dog's life!!

Started a brand new horse today and played around and made my first ever woodblock carving and print - I carved and printed super quick and rough to see if I was on the right path...can’t wait to start experimenting properly!  #woodblock #newideas #woodcarving #woodwork #woodworker #rockinghorse #newhorse #printing

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Beautiful- spoons

Wonderful video Olivia !!!

Cat and 100 million wood chips. 
#woodcarving #catsofinstagram #kittycat #woodcarver #wip #wipart #progress #oliviaoconnorcarving
Please tell me that you can see a cat carving in all that timber?!  #woodcarving #cat #catsofinstagram

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Looks like a Minecraft chicken! 😋🐔

Elmer reckons the back end of a cane loco, but I am sure that it will indeed be a terrific cat.

Yes I can, but also a huge duck! 😂

I can’t but that’s probably what makes you the artist so if you tell me it’s a cat I believe you

I see a whole lot of timber awaiting birth. Rock on.

Um no.... 😂

Looking forward to follow up photos...

How many G clamps Olivia ?😳but I can’t see a cat but I have no artistic imagination 😀 I sure it will be a masterpiece

I see a 🦆

No tail ?

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Please tell me that you can see a cat carving in all that timber?!  #woodcarving #cat #catsofinstagram
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    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



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