This adds another dimension to the term Spinning Wool.
Taken during the recent Redbubble Rumble in Junee. This is the shearing shed on a property near Illabo NSW Australia
See here to learn more about the wool shed.
Nikon D700 24-70 f2.8 tripod
ISO 200 f14 @31mm 0.6 sec built in camera flash set to slow rear curtain
Round, rotating wool tables are used because they make efficient use of labour. The circular table can be operated by one person, the top rotating on a central pivot as the fleece is skirted. They are commonly used as a back-up to a rectangular table.
Round wool tables vary from 2030 mm to 2250 mm in diameter. Tubular steel or PVC tubing is normally used for the table top. Slat spacings are similar to those on rectangular tables.
Throwing a fleece onto a round table requires a modification of the technique used for a rectangular table. The fleece should be thrown at a higher angle and less vigorously than for a rectangular table.
More than one table should be used in shearing sheds with three or more stands. This nearly always leaves a clear table for the next shorn fleece, avoiding double handling.
Wool tables should be close to the shearers to reduce walking distance for the shed workers. Automated quick action presses can be close to the wool table (almost between two tables), so the fleeces of the main line can be put straight into the press, further reducing walking distance and the need for rehandling fleeces.