Sundials can be made in a great variety of styles and materials. There are many exciting colours and textures of stone, slate and marble which can be used. The carved detail can be painted, gilded or left plain.
Sundials can also be etched onto brass, carved and painted in wood or directly into a brick or stone wall, moulded in fibreglass or made in stained glass.
Gnomons (shadow-casters) are usually made of brass, bronze or stainless steel. Supporting scrollwork can be shaped to cast an interesting shadow.
Gnomons can be electroplated in gold to glint in the sun or patinated to give a verdegris or weathered look.
Each sundial is specially designed for its setting and is calibrated for the specific latitude and longitude of the site so that it will tell accurate solar time. Solar time and clock time are not always the same. The difference between the two kinds of time depends on the longitude of the sundial from the Greenwich meridian and the time of year. A full explanation can be supplied with your sundial.
Sundials do not necessarily have to face South or be on a horizontal or vertical surface. Pretty much any orientation and shape of surface can be turned into some form of sundial.
Sundials can be used to mark special dates such as birthdays. The path of a shadow can be calculated for a particular day in the year so that on the day it tracks along a curve across the dial face.
Favourite poems or mottos, symbols, crests and monograms can all be inscribed on a sundial. Mottos can be translated to and from Latin or Greek. I can supply list of mottos and poems to choose from.