Sundials or water clocks?

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  1. S-H

    S-H Hardy Maple

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    I was thinking of adding something that will give my garden some much needed personality, something that will set it apart from the rest... So I now have 2 choices - Sundial/Moondial, or a Water Clock.

    Which do you people think would be better? Is there anyone over here who has experience building one or the other?

    I am proficient with AutoCAD 3D, so I can design just about anything I want! However, I first need to decide which of the 2 should I make? Therefore I welcome any idea from just about everyone over here! :)
     
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  3. Jerry Sullivan

    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

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    There are two more options available: a shadow clock and an obelisk. Water clocks tend to be complicated and are very inaccurate but impressive if you want a conversation piece. A fifth option would be a Clepsydra. Also a water clock

    References: obelisks Egypt 3500 BCE
    shadow clocks Egypt 1500 BCE
    Clepsydra during the reign of Amenophis I made by Prince
    Amenemhet 1520 BCE
    An interesting water clock was made in China by Su Sung in 1088 CE it was 10 meters tall.
    Do you plan to use a pump to cycle the water?

    I would be interested in the one you choose, good luck.

    Jerry
     
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    Yes I plan to use a pump to recycle the water (because water is not very plentiful over here). But that is only if I go ahead and decide to build a water clock.

    I still can't decide right now. However, I just now have found this wonderful book named, THE BOOK OF SUN-DIALS. Here is a link to it:

    http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/ ... dials.html

    It's a full online book (originally printed in 1872). It is over 500 pages, and is really an amazing read! So if I now end up building a sun-dial, then it will be because of this!
     
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    Why not do both?
     



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    Can't do both at once due to shortage of free time... Besides, right now a sun dial seems to be winning - As it consumes no power, nor does it waste any water.
     
  7. Jerry Sullivan

    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

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    S-H,

    Did you ever find the time to build the sundial? This summer I was thinking of building an inverted sundial where the sun shines through a slot and projects a sliver of a pointer on a stone dial.

    Jerry
     
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    No, I never found the time. Well, actually I did, but I fell into what's known as the "engineer's trap" - Where a project continues to improve over and over again, until it becomes too complicated to be made, and/or the time to make it is consumed by excessive designing...

    So that's basically what happened to me. However, I did make an extremely effective humane mouse trap! Want to see pictures of it? Alright, tell you what - I'll soon post pictures of it in the member's gallery section! :)
     
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    I'll look forward to seeing the pictures.

    Thank you,
    Jerry
     

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