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

I’ve designed a beginners carving class for @aworkshopofourown using just 2 different gouges! Book a ticket and learn something super fun and relaxing!

Posted @withregram • @aworkshopofourown INSTRUCTOR HIGHLIGHT! Olivia O’Connor, she/her, @oliviaoconnorcarving! Olivia will be teaching INTRO TO WOODCARVING on Thurs. Feb 18th, 6 pm-8 pm EST.
Olivia O’Connor is a woodcarver and rocking horse maker. Working from her studio in the rolling green hills of South Gippsland, Victoria (Australia.)
Olivia has a lifelong passion for making and is particularly drawn to working with natural materials. She studied Furniture Design and Construction at RMIT and Prop Making and Scenic Art for Theatre and Film at NIDA. Olivia taught herself woodcarving in order to make her first rocking horse in 2011. Olivia has been carving custom made rocking horses full time since 2013 and has been expanding her carving knowledge and practice ever since. Since then her work has expanded to include rocking horse restorations, all manner of woodcarvings as well as teaching and demonstrating.
Olivia is passionate about making woodwork accessible, creating and sharing her carving knowledge with those wanting to gain new skills.
Olivia O’Connor will be teaching INTRO TO WOODCARVING on Thurs. Feb 18th, 6 pm-8 pm EST.
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Instagram: @oliviaoconnorcarving

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As usual, great work, the handshake is really excellent.

Wonderful work !!

I think it might be time I resurrected this old design of mine...happy dogs = happy days!  #dogs #dogsofinstagram #woodcarving

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Always in on the action, Ruby!!

This is what I mentioned yesterday The Organised Life Project

Have fun! The dogs are perfect, no training needed.

I love your helpers😀

This month on my @carbatec livestream I’ll be showing you how to carve rounded shapes and introducing you to the world of guilding (applying metal leaf, usually gold, silver or copper). It’s all bundled up into this fun and massive Christmas Beetle for you to play with!  This Saturday, Feb 13th at 10.30am (Melbourne time) on the @carbatec YouTube channel. See ya there! 
#carbatec #livestream #thissaturday #woodcarving #beetle #copper #reddog #christmas #oliviaoconnorcarvingImage attachmentImage attachment

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Perfect, Ruby!

As a big tennis fan I love how Ash Barty’s most recent trophy looks just like the wombat I carved my parents for Christmas...and they didn’t even have to work up a sweat for their wooden wombat! 😂😂 
I’ve no idea who carved the trophy version but it sure it cute 🥰  #wombat #trophy #ashbarty #yarravalleyclassic #tennis #woodcarving

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I love the trophy. also I got cranky when the radio announcer today made fun and scoffed at it l think it’s way better that a mass produced trophy that any of the tennis players have lots of

Love the wombat you carved! What a wonderful gift to your parents ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Don’t worry Ruby, I really didn’t want to stand in front of my vice anyway 😂🙄🤷‍♀️  #woodcarving #woodwork #rubyImage attachment

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Always by your side!!

Dogs are so funny.

Wow a cat dressed up like a dog.

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What a challenge. Updates as you go please.

How about eagle with the wigs out?

I have sent you a private message.

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The live show was great, thanks Olivia 👍

Kelly Grimm

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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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