I've never made a sundial, but thought it would be a good project for the front and back of house. When we are sitting out, we never seem to have a clock or watch and the sun is soo bright that you can't read the smart phone.
I thought it would be nice to have a sundial in the front and maybe back of the house, so we can alway have an idea what time it is.
After doing some research and drawing up a design and constructing it out of paper, I realized that I could do it. I made my prototypes to try out.
To my chagrin, this year has been extremely cloudy. I want to test the sundials out, over six hours, to make sure the lines are in the correct place for each hour. There has not been a day where the sun has been out for the whole day. Not even for a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the afternoon. Making a sundial without the sun is frustrating.
The wood isn't finished yet, so leaving it out in the snow is not an option. I will have to keep trying until the weather co-operates.
After several attempts, there was a full day of sun and I was delighted that it kept perfect time. The calculations for the placing of the numbers and related lines was perfect.