• THEY SEE ME ROLLIN

      With less than a month until we become first time parents, we’ve gone and moved houses. In our true style though, there’s a little bit of a twist to it. We are officially travelling gypsies. Faced with the dilemma of where to live, there was months of frustrated conversations trying to find the best way to keep our growing family together. While I have kicked my woolclassing and any big photography commitments to the curb for the time being while I grow the finishing touches on our son and prepare to disappear into the land of newborn and exhaustion, Jas is still slogging away in the sheds, handpiece in…

  • WENDY CHANT

        There are many titles that Wendy Chant falls under. Shearing contractor, mum, woolclasser (at 16 years old), councillor.  But, when you meet this rural woman it’s not about the labels. She has this vibe about her that draws you in. It’s warm and inviting and you instantly feel like part of her family. Wendy grew up over the ditch on a third generation farm in a little country village called Cloyton on the north island of New Zealand. Having settled just outside of Cranbrook, Western Australia she is now raising her three children on her own hobby farm. (Wendy’s Pet Sheep) Being around wool all of her life (starting…

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    JESS PARKER

    Jess Parker, 20 has just started her wool industry career and she plans on staying. While working at her local pub in August 2015, a woolhander walked in and offered her a job with NK Shearing, Benalla VIC. There was not much hesitation from Jess and she threw herself right in the thick of it. She already had a little bit of woolhandling experience from her highschool days – taking a day off here and there to lend a hand in the sheds. She now works full time and is one of her teams most valued woolhandlers. Her sights are set on becoming a woolclasser and she is already well…

  • SCOTT JONES

    Scott Jones may well be the only one of his kind. He’s not only  a masterclasser but a biochemist.   You may be thinking how on earth could these two jobs work in together, well Scott reckons they intertwine perfectly. Working in the woolsheds since 17, Scott knew exactly what he wanted to be when he finished school – a woolclasser. So, that’s what he did. Travelling across states following his woolclassing work, Scott had found a life he loved. Then the wool market crashed. So, he did what he had to do – hung up his stencil and jumped into university life. His curious nature and thirst for knowledge…

  • RACHEAL BOYCE

    Racheal Boyce has a tenacious work ethic and drive to provide for her family. So much so that this  has seen her waters break while woolhandling. Not once, but twice. Fast forward six weeks after giving birth and Racheal is back running up and down the board. This passionate woolhandler has the shearing industry in her blood. The daughter of a shearer and sister of a woolclasser, she’s been following in her family’s footsteps since she was sixteen years old. Now, 29 and a mother, she is still in the sheds and throwing herself into her woolshed career. It’s a balancing act for Racheal, but over the last ten years…

  • ALLAN QUIRK

    Allan Quirk

    Allan Quirk doesn’t give up. Period. The wool industry is known for being an intensely physcially demanding job and those who dedicate their lives to it are bred tough. Once you get a taste of it, it’s hard to walk away and for Allan Quirk this was true, literally. Allan started his career as a shearer in 1960, he was share farming with his uncles and they were all shearers too, so he followed in their footsteps and gave it a good crack for 36 years. All that wear and tear on his body eventually took its toll and he broke a disc case in his back and crushed his nerves. His…

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