Dial-Up The Sun

Your Time In The Sun

Bring your garden decor out of the shadows and into a new light with the ultimate retro timepiece: a sundial. Form and function come together any time of day. And nothing outshines a sundial for sparking one’s curiosity. Friends, loved ones and visitors will chat about the weather, science, math or history. Everyone will enjoy this educational and charming choice of outdoor garden decor. 

Sundial section of larger image showing a metal sundial on BoomerSwag
Sundial section of larger image showing a metal armillary sundial on BoomerSwag

A sundial is a device that tells the time of day when there is sunlight by the position of the sun in the sky.

In the narrowest sense of the word, it consists of a flat plate (the dial) and a gnomon, which casts a shadow onto the dial.

In a broader sense, a sundial is any device that uses the Sun’s altitude or azimuth (or both) to show the time. In addition to their time-telling function, sundials are valued as decorative objects, literary metaphors, and objects of mathematical study.

As the Sun appears to move across the sky, the shadow aligns with different hour-lines, which are marked on the dial to indicate the time of day. The style is the time-telling edge of the gnomon, though a single point or nodus may be used. The gnomon casts a broad shadow; the shadow of the style shows the time. The gnomon may be a rod, wire, or elaborately decorated metal casting.

The style must be parallel to the axis of the Earth’s rotation for the sundial to be accurate throughout the year. The style’s angle from horizontal is equal to the sundial’s geographical latitude.

It is common for inexpensive, mass-produced decorative sundials to be faulty. Some have incorrectly aligned gnomons and hour-lines, and these can’t be adjusted to show the correct time.

  • Fully functional sundial casts a shadow on the dial to reveal the time of day. Makes a great gift.
  • Manufactured from die cast, high-density aluminum alloy. Material: Aluminum.
  • Extends the product life and maintains the look and function.
  • Product Dimensions: 12″L X 12″W X 1″H, Color: French Bronze.
  • Warranty: 1-Year. Made in USA.
  • Beautiful decorative sundial for garden
  • Made from solid brass with verdigris highlights
  • Mottoe reads, “The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here”
  • 10″ diameter
  • Sundial Pedestals Sold Separately
  • Designed To Fit All Rome Pedestal Bases
  • Made by Rome Industries – Crafters Of Sundials Since 1964

Mark the sun’s journey through your garden or outdoor living space with the Die del Sol Sundial from BEST. Made with a copper finish, the Old World design and patina add the illusion of antiquity to this beautiful garden piece. Align the gnomon with true north and tell time by the sun. The sundial’s motto, as they had centuries ago, reads “Be true to each other as this dial is to the sun.” Made of forged iron with a wide, sturdy base, the sundial will withstand winds, weather, or the accidental bump from a beloved pet.

Sundial Best Selling Dia Sol Sun Dial on BoomerSwag!
Sundial at MootHall
Sundial dated 1650

This sundial faces SSW, hanging vertically on the Moot Hall in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England. The gnomon is a rod that is very narrow, so it functions as the style. The Latin motto loosely translates as “I only count the sunny hours.”

It looks to be about 10:40 when this photo was taken.

There are hundreds of types of sundials. From bare-bones to exquisite artwork, and then some.

The simplicity and uniqueness of a sundial will add style to your outdoors, and it requires almost no maintenance. It will become a focal point in your garden or back yard, and visitors (especially children) will be enamored and inquisitive.

There are some technical details that need consideration, and you must have a somewhat open space to enjoy the shadows of a sundial.

On-line resources are quite plentiful, and you could just have a little adventure getting the sundial aligned for your longitude and latitude!

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