Chuck Hamilton – Sundial Vessel

Sundials have been around for centuries and come in a variety of sizes. This happens to be one of my larger vessels. The vessel is made of walnut. It has a diameter of 10 inches and a depth of about 2 inches. The style of the vessel is one of my favorites, with its convex surfaces, and the foot underneath. The vessel almost appears suspended off the table surface. The lid is where the sundial is. The lid base is curly maple. The time markers are all of partridge wood. The markers are positioned from 6 AM to 6 PM on the hour. The shadow caster is a long, then spindle turning made of walnut. It is pointed on one end and has a finial on the other. It is ebonized to give it a black appearance. Last is the hoop for the shadow caster. That is made from several layers of walnut veneer laminated together on a mandrel. The edges are trued up on the lathe before releasing from the mandrel. The shadow caster in the hoop is pointed down at 45 degrees, so the sundial is actually true to 45 degrees latitude (Salem, OR). But it’s pretty close in our neck of the woods too. A satin polyurethane finish is applied to all pieces.