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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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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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Beautiful, as usual!



So so beautiful xxx


That’s the best one I’ve seen in a very long time!!😉👍



Wow beautiful

I’m 70 yo and I still really want one of your beautiful horses - some of us are lucky enough not to grow up ❤️

Love the mane so beautiful

Just beautiful!

Absolutely stunning. I'd love one. 😍

A price please

Just love it


Michelle Perry

Kevin Spencer

Stunning what is the price please?

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This little collection may not look very impressive but this Saturday I’ll show you how to use these few things to get your carving tools razor sharp! 
Tune in via the @carbatec YouTube channel, 10.30am Melbourne time, Saturday 8th May to view live or anytime afterwards 😊  #livestream #carbatec #sharpening #toolsharpening #woodcarving #live #free #fun
Slowly, slowly scraping back layers of ‘modern’ paint to reveal the original paint work 😍  #restoration #somuchpaint

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So rewarding !

That's so exciting to find!

It is with regret that I am not attending the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo this year, I have attended every year for the last 5 or 6 years and always look forward to it in my calendar. I speak with many of the same patrons each year and have made friends with the surrounding stall holders and was looking forward to catching up with everyone after the last year. 
I am still carving and making rocking horses and am in the very fortunate position to be currently booked out with rocking horse work. As such I made the decision to put my head down and keep carving, painting and stitching to honour my existing clients and finish what I have promised them on time, versus loosing a week + in the workshop to attend the expo. 
I hope those of you attending have tons of fun and those of you who aren’t, mark it in your calendars for next year!
Now I’ve got to get back to work...
#seymour #seymouralternativefarmingexpo #seymourexpo #centralvictoria #rockinghorses #woodcarving #sorry
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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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Thanks for the laugh! Seriously, out loud , alone in my car ... just bursted out the biggest laugh listening to your singing

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?

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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 ♥️

I would love to commission something very similar, but with ducks !!!

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

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

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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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  • Lost Trades Fair Australia
    9-10 MARCH 2019
    Lost Trades Fair VIC
  • Seymour Alternative Farming Expo
    15-17 Feb 2019
    Seymour Alternative Farming Expo
  • Lost Trades Fair Australia
    4-5 MAY 2019
    Lost Trades Fair QLD
  • Lost Trades Fair Australia
    5-6 OCT 2019
    Lost Trades Fair NSW
  • 19-21 JULY 2019
    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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