The British Sundial Society

Promoting the Art and Science of Gnomonics since 1989

The regular one-day BSS meeting will be held as usual at Sutton Hall, Stockcross, Newbury RG20 8LN on Saturday 24th. September from 10:00 until 4:00. There will be exhibits of dials and related material, talks and a bookstall.

Thanks as ever to David Pawley for organising the event. There is no need to book, just turn up on the day. Guests are welcome, as are long-standing members and first-time visitors. Do come along to this highly popular event, and have a most enjoyable and relaxing day out.

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The Results!

These are the results of the judging by Liverpool conference delegates – congratulations to the top ten and all the winners and particularly to Ian Butson, the overall winner.

The Winners


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This dial was designed with the intention of being principally a moon dial. It is over the doorway of a house extension and is a partner for a big vertical sundial I made for the client some years ago. It is direct east facing, made in Witton Fell sandstone from Yorkshire. The nodus star is based on that on Albi Cathedral’s direct east and west-facing dials. The spot of light passing through a hole in the centre of the star indicates local apparent time and date. Use of the Equation of Time given on a correction chart inside the porch below the dial enables mean time to be worked out, but an additional chart allows the much bigger lunar corrections of hours and minutes to be made for one week each side of full moon. The silver-painted moon on the dial has some of the larger craters and maria marked out.

If you would like to share details of a dial you’ve made with an international audience of enthusiasts, please send pictures and a brief description go webmaster@sundialsoc.org.uk.

We are taking a break from publishing Dials of the Month and instead plan a new, occasional feature describing members’ dials. Thanks to Julian Lush for providing the first example, which he made astonishingly quickly!

Further informal descriptions and pictures of dials by members are very welcome – please send to webmaster@sundialsoc.org.uk.

Thursday: Plumb-line in water and board to mark solar noon and wall declination…53deg East of south

Friday: Select and prepare a composite oak board 55 x 45 cms, 4 cms thick

Weekend: Design on Shadows Pro to correct size and declination.
Choose a gnomon height (140 mm) for the design to fill the board.

Monday: Transfer design print-out to board using carbon paper.
Select an oak piece 6mm thick and cut gnomon with base to give accurate height.
Route out all lines, including gnomon base slot.

Tuesday/Wenesday: Use soldering iron to scorch out all lines (except half hours)

Thursday: Ladder and pulley to position sundial above front door with long retaining screws.

Friday: Brilliant sunshine…. ECCE SUNDIAL

If you would like to share details of a dial you’ve made with an international audience of enthusiasts, please send pictures and a brief description go webmaster@sundialsoc.org.uk.