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David Harber Limited

To commemorate a birthday or special anniversary, commission a sundial or sculpture from David Harber.

David Harber has an exceptional website that acts as the perfect backdrop in which to display his beautifully made sundials, sculptures and water features.

Principally an artist, David began making sundials in 1992 and his portfolio includes contemporary sculpture and garden water features, some of which can be seen in all their glory on the website.


Armillary spheres have become very much a trademark of David Harber and reflect his ancestry by following in the footsteps of an ancestor, John Blagrave, a renowned Tudor mathematician and designer of astonomical instruments. David's first sundials were based on designs from the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford and all his sundials honour ancient mathematics.


Working with a small team of highly skilled craftspeople from his workshop near Henley, David Harber takes on commissions of all types, for private individuals and those of a corporate nature. It is worth noting that prices start from around £880. These works of art are crafted in a number of materials, ranging from bronze and brass to glass and stone, many examples of which can be seen on the site. The company also provides hand carved stone plinths for sundials.


For the third year running, David Harber was awarded an RHS Sundries Trophy at Chelsea 2009. He also used the occasion to launch the Moon Dial which tells the time on the night of a full moon and on the three days before and after. This is done using nine different timescales etched onto the surface of a shimmering silver orb.

This is a beautiful and interesting website and well worth looking at for just sheer enjoyment but to commission a piece would be even better.