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March 11, 2013

Be Careful what you include in your pictures, Full Gnomon Disclosure

Filed under: Documentation,For Sale or Trade,Of Interest,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 9:25 am

I recently put an item on an auction site and as usual I included in the photograph of the item my gnomon for scale.  Six inch long piece of holly with ebony 1″ squares.

coffee roaster1This is not the item but it is the gnomon in question.  As it happened a fellow purchased the item, sent me an email he was happy with what he got and told me to wrap the item and gnomon and ship it off.

I sent him an email explaining that the gnomon was not for sale that I include it in every photograph.  He sent me a quote from my offering ‘…Gnomon 6″ with 1″ squares.’   I can see the misunderstanding and it is entirely my fault.

So everything is good now, but from now on I will include the gnomon disclaimer, “Gnomon 6″, 1″ squares, for scale only NFS”.  My mistake.



  1. Did you send him the gnomon? I thought a gnomon was the part of a sun dial that casts the shadow.

    Comment by Blaise Pascal — March 11, 2013 @ 9:32 am

  2. Blaise,
    No I didn’t send the gnomon, I cleared that up with the customer before we finished the transaction. You are right a gnomon is also the part of a sun dial or for the purpose I use the name.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — March 11, 2013 @ 10:15 am

  3. LOL! It is a very cool little thing and every time I see it I wish I had one of my own. Perhaps you should make and sell them? Hint, hint 🙂

    Comment by Mary — March 11, 2013 @ 10:15 am

  4. How much is the gnomon?

    Comment by joe — March 11, 2013 @ 11:23 am

  5. Mary,
    Apparently it’s a good idea.

    I’ll get back to you on the price.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — March 11, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

  6. If you put a gnomon up for sale, will you put a gnomon in the picture for scale?

    Comment by Charlie A — March 11, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

  7. Charles,
    Well of course, but one of them will not be for sale. I shall make sure everyone is clear on just which one is for sale. It may be redundant and I may be repeating myself.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — March 11, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

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