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.


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  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 2 years ago

    Nice work mate.

  • Thanks Warren :)

    – Ian English

  • Ian Berry
    Ian Berryover 2 years ago

    I like the Image Ian & the info & link with it is exemplary, well done.

  • Thanks very much Ian :))

    – Ian English

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 2 years ago

    Great shot Ian!

  • Thanks a lot Carol :))

    – Ian English

  • bazcelt
    bazceltover 2 years ago

    very nice Ian, and great info mate!

  • Cheers Baz, appreciated mate !!

    – Ian English

  • normanorly
    normanorlyover 2 years ago

    very nice Ian, thank you for the info mate!

  • Thanks mate, it is good to research these things as I am learning new stuff all the time :))

    – Ian English

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 2 years ago

    I’m a farm girl and I didn’t know about the spinning tables! Thank you for the info Ian. Such a unique image – I’m sure the owner will be absolutely thrilled to see this.

  • Hope so Rosalie, thanks !!

    – Ian English

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 2 years ago


  • Cheers Bev :))

    – Ian English

  • GailD
    GailDover 2 years ago

    Well done Ian. Great work.

  • Thank you Gail :))

    – Ian English

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 2 years ago

    What a beautiful and interesting image! I really love this Ian. Thanks for the great description too.

  • Hi Maree, thanks for the lovely comment :))

    – Ian English

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 2 years ago

    Fascinating information….super image to accompany it.

  • Thanks Wendi and I’m not a big woos lol

    – Ian English

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