a sundial for your garden (Sep, 1949)

That sundial looks like something out of Hellraiser.

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a sundial for your garden

Sundials are not only decorative adjuncts to outdoor gardens and walls—they’re also fascinating and fairly reliable time tellers.

By Carl W. Bertsch

SUNDIALS may be made of a variety of materials; the only requirement is that they be weatherproof. Exterior-grade plywood, stainless steel, aluminum, opaque plastics, brass, copper, bronze, concrete, ceramics, and slate are all useful. Hour lines and numerals may be painted, etched, or carved.

Of the four types of dials, the horizontal is the most complete, registering time from sunup to sundown. It must be perfectly level. Next is the South dial, which must be vertical. The East and West dials, also vertical, are limited in time-telling to half the arc of the sun.

Sundial layout is based on the latitude in which you live. To find this latitude, refer to any good map. It is then easy to lay out the hour lines, using the accompanying protractor for horizontal and South dials and the diagram for East and West dials. On horizontal and South dials, the moon line is always at right angles to the 6-o’clock line and the style point toes the 6-o’clock line. On East and West dials, the style is always on the 6-o’clock line. The style in all cases must be at right angles to the dial.

3 comments
  1. Stannous says: October 9, 20071:50 pm

    I think it’s more like Proteus IV in “The Demon Seed”
    (tried to find an image, no luck)

  2. Dave C says: October 10, 20078:57 am

    That’s a crazy sundial. I found where it is in Baltimore (since I’m there thought it would be neat to check out). Info on it is here:
    http://www.sundials.org…
    Baltimore #91 Druid Hill Park

    Good Find!

  3. Firebrand38 says: October 10, 200712:59 pm

    Dave C, that was a great find! Thanks.

    Cue applause….

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