Many of you know how to do DIY with wood, tiles or metal, know how to paint, solder or sculpt. Some of you even know how to create a mosaic or forge iron. These are precious skills when you want to create your own sundial, but many will give up in front of the theory.
No need to hesitate, the Shadows software will help you and will do the maths for you and even draw the layout to scale, to allow you to practice your manual skills with crafting and decoration.
Shadows users have shared photos of their realizations, and they are talented! All kinds of techniques and materials are used.
If yourself you have made a sundial with the Shadows software, you may send picture of it to be added in the gallery on this site.
Firstly, download and install the Shadows software. Then, with a few clicks, create your sundial on screen by choosing one of the several available types and orientations. Then, configure the drawing on screen from clear icons. Define the size of the frame, from a pocket dial to a complete wall. Add a motto chosen from the 900+ installed with Shadows, or add a decoration using a picture or clipart.
Once you are ready, print the sundial to scale. Finally, transfer the drawing on the final material, fix the style or the eyepiece and install the sundial at its chosen place.
You are not alone, this site provides many resources to help you. You may start by read the user manual on-line or by calling it from the Help menu in Shadows; it contains plenty of advices on how to use the software and understand sundials possibilities. You also need to choose a place where to install your sundial.
Several tutorials are also available, made by users who share their advices and explain step by step how they did it. You will also find links to other sites on sundials, educational videos and addresses of museums and showcases to see ancient sundials.
You do not want to do it yourself? So contact a sundial maker, a professional artisan who will make a sundial after your request and follow the rules to ensure its accuracy.
A sundial maker will also be of great help if you need to restore an ancient sundial. Never try to restore a sundial by yourself without the help of a professional.
Gnomonics, the science of sundials is vast. There are many different types of sundials and various possible layouts. Read the pages of this site to learn more about sundials and look at the bibliography to find the books that will provide you the information you need.