Sundial design - the work of Piers Nicholson

About Piers Nicholson


Like many people, I thought that making a sundial was easy, but when I first tried to make one, it didn't work! The full stroy of my early attempts is told on the introduction page to

After I had found out how to make them so they did work, I started to make some painted wooden sundials. . Though I hsve not made one of these for many years, they are still my favourite kind of sundial, because they allow for such variety of design and colour comared with metal or stone sundials.

The next two pictures show my first sundials. This willow-leaf pattern sundial was made for a house in Flixton

And this one for a house near London.
When I became a member of the Council of the British Sundial Society, I thought I had better make some more sundials, so I did a kind of "apprentice test piece" - it was a small tower measuring some 4 foot square on plan, and some6 foot high, and it had a sundial on each face, with two more sundials angled at 45 degrees, so they pointed south-east and south-west. These are some of my early sundials, This one was a south facing dial done for a "mini-tower" which had sundials on north, south, east, and west faces, with two more, facing south-east and south-west, on top.

And this is the east facing dial from the same mini-tower. The north-facing one (not shown here) was a dragonfly with the hour lines along the edges of its wings, and the west facing one was a swimming pool with the hour lines formed by the steps into it.

Brief biographical note: I am Managing Director of a company specialising in market reports on metals and minerals, and developed an interest in the Internet to cater for their needs. I have been on the Council of the British Sundial Society for many years, and was responsible for setting up their Awards Scheme. I am the Webmaster of Sundials on the Internet at, Epsom and Ewell on the Internet at, and a number of other websites
Piers Nicholson