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Silver Creek Solstice Dial

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he Silver Creek Solstice Dial

48.62 degrees N, 122.34 degrees W

"Our Paths Spiral Through Time"

Designed and fabricated by Chuck Nafziger

Silver Creek Solstice Dial
Silver Creek Solstice Dial
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by Chuck Nafziger

The Silver Creek Solstice Dial (SCSD) is a sundial located in a wooded park along the Silver Creek behind the Alger Community Hall in northwest Washington. It functions as an equatorial sundial, but is called a Solstice Dial because of the special shadows the dial itself makes on the solstices and the equinoxes. I designed it on a low end 2D CAD program, built it in my workshop and with George Jay's help and athletics, installed it in June 2020 and saw its First Solstice Shadow on June 20, 2020.

A couple of years ago, Bellingham got a beautiful, major new sundial mural spearheaded by Sasch Stephens, a friend and fellow gnomonist, and painted by Gretchen Leggitt.

Bellingham Sundial Mural
Bellingham Sundial Mural
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Sasch's dial inspired a few Alger residents to think a sundial would be a good addition to the magical park behind the Alger Community Hall. Keith Witter, who with his wife Anette, run the operations of the hall, became interested and the journey to the Solstice Dial began..

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