The British Sundial Society has put together a list of members who are sundial designers, consultants and makers. This list cannot be the definitive listing of dial makers worldwide but it will be of use as a guide to the range of services available from our members. If you wish to be included in this list, or if you come across any broken links, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Makers are listed in alphabetical order by surname or company name.)
PLEASE NOTE – The Society cannot take responsibility for any problems that may arise from contracting with any company or person listed below
7259 Jerry Drive, West Chester, Ohio, USA. Tel: (+1) 513-253-5497
Custom sundials in cast stone, brass, glass, and crystal. Maker of the Spectra Sundial, a unique indoor vertical dial that is custom made to order and floods the room with color as it simultaneously marks the passing hours. Each sundial is individually handcrafted, numbered and signed by the designer. Personalized inscriptions and anniversary datelines can be added. Special edition Spectra Sundials have been selected by the North American Sundial Society to serve as the trophy dials to accompany the annual Sawyer Dialing Prize award for excellence in dialling.
Over the years Artisan has shipped custom Spectra sundials all over the world, earning the distinction that the sun never sets on the Spectra Sundial. Hundreds of Spectra Sundials can be located around the globe at The World of Artisan Sundials – Spectra Sundial Locations Worldwide.
Chapel Farm, Clytha, Abergavenny, NP7 9BW. Tel 01873 840 297, Mob: 07976 850 790.
Horizontals, armillary spheres and vertical dials all made to order in the Welsh Marches by sundial maker Capel Tenison.
Gibbs Orchard, Sutton Rd, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 6QP. Tel: 01458 274841.
Individually commissioned hand carved sundials in stone or slate for private or corporate clients. Highly decorated polyhedral dials a speciality. Clients include Christ Church, Oxford; The National Trust & Darwin Coll, University of Kent at Canterbury. BSS Award winner 1995 and 2000. Prices from £500.
22 Old Church Lane, Edinburgh, EH15 3PX, Tel: 0131 659 5854
Tim Chalk is an Artist / Designer with a wide experience of public commissions and a particular interest in sundials and sun sculptures, producing individual pieces to commission in a range of materials, from modern retakes on traditional Dials, armillary spheres etc., to more loosely interpreted sun sculptures. All are produced with the same care and precision. Tim Chalk works closely with his clients to develop unique and personalised results.
High Noon, Ladock, Truro, TR2 4PW, Tel: 01726 882936, 07531 909 905
Quality sundials made to clients specifications. Horizontal dials, walldials and armillary spheres in bronze or polished stainless steel made for any location. Dials to celebrate birthdays or anniversaries a speciality.
White House Farm, New Hall Lane, Mundon, Nr Maldon, Essex CM9 6PJ Tel/Fax: 01621 740599
Armillary sundial makers. Choose from our large range or commission. Your own engraved inscription. Clients include The General Public, Singapore Bot Gdns, Pennsylvania Uni, Westminster Council, Roy Lancaster, Herstmonceaux Castle & more.
4 Gloucester Avenue, Welling, Kent DA16 2LJ Tel: 0208 304 9193
Experienced diallist and established professional designer. Contemporary individual designs and historic reconstruction work: commissions in association with leading artists, craftsmen and makers: examples in national institutions, universities and public places, illustrated in “Sundials” Shire Album.
Unusual dials of classical and contemporary design made to commission. Previous clients include Jeremy Irons, Downing College Cambridge and art collectors in Europe, America and South Africa.
Flowton Dials produces precision sundials and other scientific instruments, chiefly from brass and always working with its customers to produce a unique design. Specialising in complex dials but also producing artistic designs. Accurate reproductions of antique dials, including portable types, are possible.
Maw’s Craft Centre, Jackfield, Telford. TF8 7LS.
A unique range of armillary and horizontal sundials, hand made in brass and bronze. Standard range or made to commission.
86 Illiffe Street, London, SE17 3LL. Tel: 0207 703 0002. Studio: 0207 720 0039.
Unusual sundials in stone or slate, large or small, finely hand-carved to suit individual requirements. Public and private commissions. Recent work includes the largest analemmatic sundial in the United Kingdom, in the National Arboretum in Staffordshire and a commemorative sundial for the Headquarters of the South Wales Constabulary.
Wych Elm Cottage, Sussex Road, Petersfield, Hants, GU31 4JZ. Tel: 01730 262010. Fax: 01730 266640.
Specialists in Heliochronometers, Gunning Sundials have introduced a new classical variant which is both an attractive garden ornament and a precision instrument.
33 New Lane, Sherburn in Elmet, Leeds, Yorkshire 01977 680118 mobile 07947 214 802
Maker of site specific armillary spheres, horizontal and vertical dials in traditional and modern materials. Public and private commissions.
Individually made in Yorkshire with a fusion of craftsmanship and high technology.
35 Bradley Road, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 8BN. Tel: 01985 216311
Unique hand-carved stone sundials with gilded or painted decoration. Public or private commissions, individually designed and calculated for a specific site. Art and science combined! Installation service and plinths provided. Restoration of old sundials. Prices from £600. Clients include New College Oxford, Birmingham University etc.
11 Hamilton Road Topsham Exeter Devon EX3 0LH Tel: 01392 252815
Ben Jones designs and carves a wide variety of wall dials, horizontal dials and plinths, equatorial, polar, scaphe and analemmatic dials, using stone, slate, wood and granite.
51 Upper Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 3FH. Tel: 01273 673511
43 Windsor Gardens, Bedlington, Northumberland, NE22 5SY. Tel/fax: 01670 823232, Mobile: 077207 11238.
As Lindisfarne Sundials I produced unique solar timepieces, finished by hand to the jewellery standards of a lifelong craftsman in fine metalwork. Commissioned by The Royal Astronomical Society as their Millennium presentation to the late Sir Patrick Moore; other dials can be found from Vancouver Island to Hong Kong, including the most northerly sundial on Earth on Spitsbergen at 78° 12′ North. I retired in 2012 but am still available to old clients and others seeking help or advice.
3 Peel Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 2AY
Alastair Hunter loves precision and mystery found in the heavens and
takes care his beautiful sundial sculptures are exactly made, keeping time
on earth. He chooses stainless steel, to give him accuracy, while
sunshine brings the shifting wonders of shade, colour, and reflection.
His new piece Solar Time I earned him a BSS professional design award in
Bix studio, Bix Hill, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 6BY. Tel: 01491 412962 Fax: 01491 637608.
With the maker’s love of art and science these individually designed sundials are skilfully, artistically and precisely handmade. One-off commissioned armillary spheres and horizontal bronze, brass and stainless steel sundials for private and public locations a speciality. BSS Award Scheme winner 2000.
1 Love Street, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, KA13 7LQ. Tel/fax: 01294 552250.
An international business, specialising in customised layout plans for “SUNCLOCKS” using a person’s own shadow to tell correct clock time, and
changing itself automatically to cope with any ‘Daylight-saving’. It is
perfect as a curriculum-wide school project, or an ‘interactive’ garden
feature. For details plus many photographs, please refer to our website.
24 Woodcote Rd, Wanstead, London, E11 2QA. Tel: 0208 989 2584.
Design possibilities creatively explored with the aim of producing dials whose layout and form are uniquely suited to their particular site or context. Accepted designs then executed by established craftsmen.
The Unique Sundial is an unusual equatorial dial in which the gnomon is replaced by a rotatable screen with a slot for the sun to shine through. The screen is rotated until a bright line appears on the dial giving a direct reading of the time. As an equatorial dial it can be mounted at almost any latitude. Engraved on stainless steel with an acrylic backing it makes an attractive garden feature. Each instrument is provided with a graphical representation of the equation of time.
130 Cliffords Inn, London, EC4A 1BY Tel: 07 909 747 335.
Piers Nicholson Sundials combine contemporary design, superb engineering, rugged construction, excellent accuracy, and a great “wow factor”. They are very easy to set up. There is plenty of space for engraving your personal message, and all engraving is included in the price. Delivery is normally four to six weeks.
29 Rufus Close, Rownhams, Southampton, SO16 8LR. Tel: 023 8073 0547. Fax: 023 8073 0572.
Advice on and calculation of, the mathematics of dialling. Recent work includes the human analemmatic sundial at the Williamson Park in Lancaster and the pair of East/West dials on the Walking Man statue in Andover.
22 Heathview, London N2 OQA. Tel/Fax: 0208 883 8696.
Leonard Honey B.Sc (Imperial), M.Sc. (Imperial), M.Sc (Cranfield) represents, through Science Replicas Ltd, two important European dial makers whose range consist of Astrolabes (100mm to 200 mm), Sun dials (full mixture of all portable dials) and miscellaneous portable instruments.
These are displayed at such prestigious outlets as The Maritime Museum Greenwich, The British Museum, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford, etc.
More details are available.
4, Sheardhall Avenue, Disley, Cheshire, SK12 2DE. Tel: 01663 762415.
Experienced specialist in restoration and repairs to Pilkington & Gibbs Heliochronometers. Restoration & accurate reconstruction of historic wall dials. Sundial Consultancy within conservation projects. Original customised designs and fabrication for most types of dials. Full and accurate installation service.
Dept. of Astronomy, Univ. of Washington, 6532 Palatine Ave, N Seattle, Washington 98195 USA. Tel: (USA) 206-543-7773. E-mail: email@example.com
Designer and consultant for many public sundials around the USA: see many as part of the “Seattle Sundial Trail”
Also led the team that designed sundials for NASA’s Mars Rovers. Collaboration sought with artists, building architects, landscape architects and construction firms who wish to produce a sundial that is unique, appropriate to its site, good looking, accurate and durable.
925 E. Foothills Dr, Tucson, Arizona 85718, USA. Tel: 520-696-170
Exquisite hand-carved stone sundials with inlayed brass, beautiful artwork and multiple scientific functions. These precise timekeeping instruments are available in 25 diameter sizes and larger. Also makes and sell stained glass, porcelain, and painted wall sundials. Additionally, John designs large monumental public sundials. All sundials are custom-designed to suit each client’s tastes. Informative Sundial Owners Manual included. Catalog available upon request.
P O Box 31056, Tokai 7966, Cape Town, South Africa. Tel: Cape Town +27 21 7128402, Johannesburg +27 11 8073778, Durban +27 31 3017419 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website
Designers and crafters of worldwide location specific engraved solid brass and bronze horizontal sundials and armillary spheres, all available in polished brass and antique verdigris finish. Sundials are specifically made for each client and incorporate the client’s personalised details and design – the perfect gift which can be delivered to your door.
Normanton House, Normanton, Nr Bottesford, Leics. NG13 0EP. Tel: 01949 843768.
Designer and maker of fixed and portable dials in brass to suit customers’ requirements. Repair and restoration of existing dials also undertaken.