Sundials

Each Sundial has to be made for the area or latitude it where it will be displayed  and is worked out with precise mathematics . Thankfully I have located a website that does these equations for me so I can leave the maths to the experts and concentrate on the stone work . The Gnomon is the part that sticks out of the sundial and it is made at the angle the same as the areas latitude . A sundial tells the time according to the sun . Our clocks are set to Greenwich mean time which is almost 1/2 hour ahead of local time depending on how far west in ireland you are  { ireland only switched to Greenwich mean time in 2016  } . The dial can be turned to try to match  Greenwich mean time. And lastly I usually carve the numbers on the sundial  to match our Summer time hours .

The sundial must be placed facing true north and must be on a flat surface . I recommend that the sundial be incorporated into a feature in the garden like a large stone or a wall . Alternatively a dry stone plinth could be built for it . I have yet to find an suitable concrete pillar for sale , but I am happy to discuss a solid stone plinth to match the sundial

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THE STONE

Kilkenny Limestone is a hard limestone quarried in the centre of Ireland, and has adorned many Irish and foreign buildings as well as being the main stone of choice for Irish sculptors.

Valentia Slate is sourced from a small quarry on Valentia Island, Co. Kerry, one of the most scenic places in Ireland. It was famously used to roof the Houses of Parliament in London.


STONE CRAFT PIECES

They can be displayed indoors on a wooden stand (offered with the piece) or hung on a strong wall fixture.

Outdoors, they can also be hung on a strong wall fixture or they can also work well incorporated into the garden amongst rocks, plants or other garden features. They can also be set into a wall. Please specify this before you want to buy a piece and Sonia can help attach the right fixtures.


PRICES AND ORDERING
  • All these pieces can be done to order.
  • Each piece is individually hand-carved working on the same design, so they may all vary slightly.
  • Prices here range approximately from €130 -400  { Larger pieces and custom made pieces  may cost more }
  • Contact Sonia directly to order one and to discuss costs, payment and postage.
  • Alternatively, Sonia can create pieces to your own design by commission.