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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Not long to wait until I can start picking wild apples but oh I do love their blossoms 😍🍎 🍏 πŸ›

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Ha Ha it is almost winter here in the USA!!! We are enjoying our fall apples now!

Henry the Horse is looking mighty happy to be in his new home!
It’s really great to be able to get out and delivering rocking horses and settling them into their new homes lately 😊

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Great setting for Henry πŸ‘πŸ»

Henry the horse 🀣

Id love one. But I wouldn't have the money to pay for one. I've wanted one like these since I was little. Never got one 😩


Beautiful πŸ’™

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Sneaking into nearly every picture from my workshop is my favourite bench, generously loaned to me by @glenrundellchairmaker whilst I get set up in this much larger space...and therefore needed a much larger bench than my old one! Who else has a bench that can hold one headless horse and the legs of three rams? 
#bench #rockinghorse #woodcarving #workshop
About 2 years ago I had a minor brainwave and I still can’t believe it took me years to realise that I can split out a lot of the body before moving onto the drawknife, I used to just use a drawknife and it took me sooooo much longer. Needless to say I was left feeling stupid and pleased. 
#rockinghorse #woodenhorse #woodcarving #woodcarver #progress

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Hi Olivia ha yes our brains work in mysterous ways keep up your beautiful work , hope to come vistit you and look at your Rocking Horse Sample once our Resrictions are eased as im stuck here in Pakenham .

Experience is a great teacher

Have no idea what you are talking about but you do fabulous work Olivia πŸ‘πŸ»

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Such amazing work!!!! Fingers crosses for the finals and beyond!! 😘

Olivia. You deserve the best result for your magnificent creation. Wishing you the very every success.

Good luck Olivia, this price is just amazing 🌟

Good luck Olivia, what a stunning piece of artwork 😍

Your Hippocampus is magnificent 🀞🏻

Good luck Olivia O'Connor Carving such a wonderful piece


Just beautiful!!

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Ohhhh the colour in this Golden Wattle 😍😍 
#woodcarving #woodwork #golden #wattle

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Magnificent colors in the wood. Stop teasing. Let’s see the whole next time please!

Patiently waiting for the reveal 🧐

Something new...
#woodcarving #handcarved #heron #bird #art #wattle

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Stunning but then that describes all of your work Olivia.

That’s amazing Olivia

Amazing!! Would love to see the entire carving 😍

Q: Why will these 2 will be on their quietest behaviour at 8.45am this Saturday morning?  A: Because I’m doing a radio-phone interview with ABC Gippsland. 
If you’re lucky enough to live in Gippsland tune in, everyone else can stream it and try to hear dogs in the background at:  #radio #abcgippsland #woodcarving

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They look rather chuffed at being interviewed πŸ˜‚

I heard you!! Miss you all as neighbours.

Good luck for your interview

Love a shiny, healthy looking bay, my all time favourite horse colour - what’s yours?

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I do love a dapple grey is my fav or Appalooso, Palomino, Lipizanner

I'm a sucker for a bay 🀩

My horse was a really dark bay, almost black, he’ll always be my favorite. But the unusual colours always draw my attention


Buckskin is my all time favourite horse colour!

Liver chesnut tobanio.

Blue roan appaloosa


Depends which one I’m looking at.

Love the dapple grey.




They all have great unique beauty



Appaloosas and buckskins

Dapple or paloose

Dapple Grey😍

Dapple grey

Palomino xx

Palomino and coloureds πŸ’•

Mines greys

Any colored horse is the perfect one.


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Quick and lazy Saturday morning scribbles helping me warm up for a weekend of carving, saddle stitching and restoring. 
Whatever you’re doing I hope your weekend is looking enjoyable too!

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Gorgeous Olivia, Dave just got so many new wood work tools for his birthday, he may have more than you !! 😳🀣🀣


Such a lovely talent you have, Olivia!

Giving my creative mind a change of scenery before I finish Peter the rocking horse. This is not a photo of Peter πŸ˜‚
#woodcarving #clay

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I would like a table with those feet

Looks like a new creature?

Looks interesting πŸ§πŸ€“πŸ˜Š

Chicken legs?

Another sleepy baby hare, snoozing her way into the world. 
#woodcarving #woodcarver #hare #sleepyhare #jewelry

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Sweet talisman for newborn baby ❀️

Hi Olivia I sent you a message on messenger a little while ago and haven't had a response, what is the best way to contact you?

Oh you sure super talented Olivia

Oh Olivia it is adorable 😘

Wednesday is leg day...and also lots-of-clamps day! 
Progress on Peter 🐎🐎🐎  #horse #rockinghorse #woodcarver #woodcarving

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Where's my morning hay & oat latte?!!

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Painstaking work but satisfying.

1 leg done, 3 to go for Peter the wooden horse. 
#horse #rockinghorse #woodcarving
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    9-10 MARCH 2019
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    15-17 Feb 2019
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    5-6 OCT 2019
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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