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Issue #164 September 2004


The August 04 issue is devoted to the explaination and construction of sundials. This one consists of just two parts and can be made in less than one day. It is a variation of the equatorial bow style. Both the dial and gnomon are made from a single piece of ¼”x 1¼” stock riveted to a ½”x 1” post. The gnomon is tilted 38° to match the latitude of the site, and points true north. The dial is set level, perpendicular to the gnomon. Note that the time indicated is about 9:10, or 9:14 when adjusted for the equation of time (photo taken on Aug.10). This dial lends itself to an informal setting such as a garden or pathway.

Here we have a classic example of a bowstring sundial—blacksmith’s style. It features a forged “bow” supported by a base split to form four legs. the whole thing is joined together with a ½” rivet. Like the Garden Sundial, it needs to be pointed true north and leveled to work (correct latitude is determined at time of construction). Figure on about 1½ day’s work to make this dial.