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New Berlin  

Sundial 865
State/Province:  Wisconsin Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Equatorial Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   43° 02.333' N Longitude:   87° 54.383' W
Location: Access: This is a private dial. See below for access details.
  • Private residence in New Berlin, Wisconsin. For directions and viewing, you may contact Ed Janecek at ejanecek@outlook.com
 
Description:
  • This whimsical yet elegant equatorial dial is made from old farm implements. The materials are high carbon steel and cast iron parts. The 18-inch gear is a flywheel from an International Harvester farm tractor. The base is a harrow blade for tilling soil. The harrow blades ride on a square shaft and the blades are separated by spacers seen the base of the sundial. The meridian arcs are soil tillers that would ride on a drum behind the tractor. These pieces are very challenging to weld because they are dissimilar materials. Horseshoe nails mark the hours on the equatorial arc. No hour numbers are used, just the nails. The gnomon is an arrow rod.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: Ed Janecek
  • Designer: Ed Janecek
  • Builder: Ed Janecek
  • Construction Date: 2016
 
References:
  • Look for Ed Janecek's sundials at art shows in Wisconsin

Last Revised: 2017-05-26 00:37