- Occasionally we get messages from
people who have been pleased with their Spectra sundials. Jim
Tallman has been making his Spectra sundials since 2001, and
he has heard back from many of his new Spectra sundial owners
over the years. Here are some of the inspired comments and reviews
that we have been receiving
about the Spectra Sundial.
- The Macomb Eagle · February
21, 2003 · Eunice Hutson
- "My husband and I wanted to
reach out to you and let you know that we love our sundial and
we thank you for all of your time and effort putting it together.
We are honored to be a part of the exclusive club of Spectra
owners, and we love to see the beautiful rainbow the sundial
casts in our room every morning. It is the focal point of that
room and all of our friends and family have complimented us on
it. We definitely share our love for our sundial with our family
and friends and highly recommend your great work! It was such
a special 1 year wedding anniversary gift from my family and
we will treasure it forever."
- Sierra, California
- "The Spectra is stunning Jim,
I cannot put into words how pleased I am, it's absolutely breath-taking.
She will be absolutely overjoyed when she sees it!"
- Christopher, England
- "My wife and I are absolutely
loving the sundial. It has exceeded our wildest expectations.
I find myself choosing to use it instead of a clock whenever
feasible and every single time I am amazed with the accuracy.
Also, the rainbows are incredibly dynamic and interesting. I
am currently admiring my sundial as it sits next to my desk in
the window. I would be extremely interested in any other products
you create. Your craftsmanship and innovation is truly amazing.
Thank you for bringing these sundials into the world! I will
continue telling my family and friends about your wonderful creations.
Thank you for inventing such a cool piece!"
- Lee, Washington DC
- "Hi Jim, I opened the first
sundial when it arrived and was transported - it looks exactly
as the drawing did but is absolutely striking in glass and masonry.
One gets the same aura of intelligent precision as Stonehenge
or the Rosetta Stone. The second sundial arrived later, so I
got to experience opening them separately and it only increased
the impact. Everything about your product, from the packaging
and labeling to the exquisite quality and detailed directions,
is absolutely first-rate. It is a marvelous endeavor you are
living, bringing this artistic and scientific device into people's
lives to measure arguably the most essential quantity on which
we all depend. I checked out the Google Earth simulation with
all the sundial locations - very cool and very impressive. Few
people can show a planet-scale customer base and say, '
I made them all, by hand, one a time.' It's been a true pleasure
collaborating with you on these two gifts. I'm sure my wife,
also very technical, will appreciate the beauty and rigor as
much as I. A set of these is going to be singularly impressive."
- Greg, Massachusetts
- "Hi Jim, I just wanted to write
you a massive thank you for all of the time and effort you put
into crafting your sundials. The one you created for me is an
absolute work of art that I know will be treasured for many years
to come, more years even than the eight years it took me to finally
redeem the gift certificate and finish the order so you could
complete it. I would like to add an extra thank you for working
to ensure it was completed and shipped in time to reach its date
with destiny on time despite my tardiness. To anyone considering
ordering one of these I would highly recommend it. You will not
find a more unique, finely crafted memorable gift or a more upstanding
man to deal with."
- Troy, Australia
- "Aloha Jim, thank you for all
your hard work and patience. I got the package yesterday, Sunday!
It looks amazing! I know he's going to love it. This was a wonderful
idea and now you can say there is another Spectra Sundial in
Honolulu.!! Best wishes to you!! Mahalo!!!!!"
- "The sundial arrived at my place
on our anniversary just like clockwork - perfect timing. Thank
you so much for working me into your schedule. We are both in
love with it. Your attention to detail sets this apart from any
I've ever seen. We are both blown away. Thank you so much again
and rest assured I will tell anyone I show it to how wonderful
you are to work with. We will never forget our first anniversary
and it's thanks to you."
- Brandon, North Carolina
- "As soon as it arrived I tested
your sundial and - of course - it works perfect! The sundial
is a very good-looking colorful lady. Thank you for this beautiful
sundial. Thank you for all your work. Not only your dials are
perfect, your site is perfect too. You are really very clever
in many areas. I really did not expect, that you make the Spectra
Sundials all alone, without any help of other people. Compliments
- Helmut, Austria
- "Thanks Jim, we absolutely love
it and the process has been easy and your communication has been
super professional. It is perfect for the front windows and we
have the perfect table to set it on! I love your work! You are
very talented! Thank you for our special gift and we will for
sure be in touch in the future."
- Keith, California
- "Hello Jim! I opened the sundial
today and I just wanted you to know it's beautiful! I'm so happy
with it! I will be giving it to my husband tomorrow. You did
such a great job and your customer service is amazing. Thank
you so much for everything and trying so hard to make sure I
would get it on time!"
- Tanya, Canada
- "We got the Spectra today and
it looks wonderful!! I set it up and the time reads right. Thanks
so much for making such a precise and memorable product. What
a perfect anniversary gift. It's sure to be a good conversation
piece. It actually arrived fairly quickly (no duty or tax) and
this week, it's a part of our anniversary celebration!"
- Dan, Canada
- "Thank you so much Jim! My husband
and sons have all been tracking time in the morning using the
sundial, it's very neat :) Thank you for the time and detail
you put into crafting it just for us."
- Emilie, IL
- "Hi Jim! I am very happy to
inform that we have received the package yesterday, and I must
say we couldn't stop admiring the sundial and the workmanship!
Yes, we have some questions, but we'll first try to go through
the instruction manual. The packaging was also very neat and
secure; thank you very much!"
- Deanna, Singapore
- "My parents LOVE the sundial
and it was finally sunny enough on Sunday to see it in action
- it works perfectly for the location I scoped out. Thanks again
for your craftsmanship and for making our timeline work!"
- Jay, Alabama
- "Hi Jim, I wanted to message
you and let you know we absolutely love our sundial! Lately we've
had some pretty sunny days. It's truly breathtaking! The sundial
is such a joy to walk by everyday. Thank you again for your wonderful
craftsmanship. This sundial will be a keepsake for a lifetime
and beyond! I have been spreading the word to friends and family
of the amazing work you have done for us!
- Rachael, England
- "Hi Jim! Well, it arrived safely
the other day and it is absolutely gorgeous! We're so happy with
it. And, as a bonus, we finally got some sun so that we could
test it out! Thanks again. It is beautiful and the craftsmanship
- Jeremy, Utah
- "Hi Jim, I think it looks AWESOME!!
Thank you for your happy anniversary wishes, as well as for the
beautiful sundial! We are just thrilled with it. I didn't realize
how interesting it would be to watch it measure the time of year,
as well as the time of day. It's so striking how quickly that
shadow length changes!"
- Heather, Virginia
- "Hi Jim, I just wanted to let
you know that the sundial arrived safe and sound today and without
any customs problems. I've had a sneaky look and am thrilled
with the Spectra. I'm sure my husband will love it too. I will
try and send you a photo after the birthday and when it is all
set up. Thank you so much for your excellent service and attention
to detail which has been faultless from start to finish."
- "I wanted to thank you very
much for the amazing job you did on our Spectra sundial. Everyone
really loved it! Your skill is perfect sir! Let me know where
I can leave a message for future clients to know how great you
are to work with and the sundials you create."
- Autumn, Texas
- "Hi Jim, I'm not sure if you
will remember me but I just wanted to write and tell you that
my husband and I have really been enjoying the Spectra sundial
that you made for our anniversary. We have had it for about 6
years now and I must say that it is so accurate that it is amazing
- it has "hit the mark" as you said it would every
year on our anniversary since we have had it in our house. The
rainbows every day are amazing too, and I thought you might like
to know that I have been telling all my friends about our sundial
too. I'm a blogger and whenever I do a story about wedding gifts
or the perfect anniversary gift I always mention your work, and
I make comments online as well. Thank you so much for our wonderful
Spectra sundial, it has become a real touchstone in our home!"
- Bonnie, Texas
- "Thank you so much Jim. We received
the sundial about 20 minutes ago and my husband is blown away.
It was well worth the wait. It's raining here today but we're
anxious to see the rainbow once the sun comes out!"
- Jennifer, Virginia
- "We received the sundial yesterday
just as you promised, and it was such a wonderful gift, thank
you! My husband loves it and I know it will be sitting in the
sun in his office for the rest of our lives together. Your text
and talent are much appreciated here, and we will absolutely
be mentioning you and your sundials at any opportunity."
- Terra, Texas
- "We received our Spectra and
we absolutely love it! The etching and detail is wonderful, and
worth the wait. We couldn't imagine a better, and more timeless,
way to commemorate our first wedding anniversary."
- Julie, New York
- "I am sure that my wife and
I will enjoy seeing our Spectra for decades to come. Queensland
is known as the Sunshine State and I am sure our sundial will
look spectacular during our brilliant sunny days. I am sure it
will become a talking point for our friends and I will be pleased
to mention it to others."
- Ashley, Australia
- "Thank you again for rushing
my clock and making it in time. It was a huge success. My wife
said 'I think this is the most thoughtful gift anyone has ever
given me.' Thank you again for making this so special. A truly
unique and beautiful gift."
- Steve, Vermont
- "I just received the Spectra
this morning and it is gorgeous!!! I was so excited that I gave
it to my wife early. She absolutely loves it. I also posted a
good review on the site where I got the idea. I will definitely
tell my friends about your amazing product, and thank you again
from an extremely happy customer."
- "The sundial has arrived and
it's so beautiful! I don't know how it works exactly but I'm
gonna figure it out, and he is going to love it!
- Amanda, Indonesia
- "Our Spectra arrived perfectly
on time for our anniversary and was a huge hit with my wife.
Thank you again for making it for me. We set it up in our front
window in time to catch the sunrise Sunday morning and after
a few adjustments it works perfectly!"
- Tim, New York
- "We received our Spectra dial
the other day. It is amazing. My wife and I love it! Seeing photos
of them on your site is great but when you see it up close, the
detail is amazing! We appreciate the effort you put in to create
this special dial for us. Thank you for the constant communication
as well. We will definitely help spread the word and let our
friends and family know. I am sure it will become a conversation
piece when they all begin to see it."
- Sid, California
- "Your service throughout this
process has been fantastic. We will definitely recommend Spectra
and send you any pics we take of the rainbows along the way."
- Evan, Massachusetts
- "Just wanted to let you know
I received our sundial yesterday and just in time for our anniversary.
Thank you for going above and beyond
I really do appreciate
it. More importantly, the sundial is beautiful. It's very cool and I believe it was a hit!"
- Karen, Florida
- "Jim you did a miracle, and
landed the sundial on our doorstep on the day of our anniversary.
I did not think that was possible!"
- Brian, New Zealand
- "Thank you so much for all you've
done in making this beautiful sundial. It arrived on Friday as
planned and I must say it is stunning. My wife is very impressed
with it as well. It compliments the room beautifully! Once again
I can't thank you enough for "bumping" us up in line
to complete production by our anniversary. The way you treat
your customers is nothing short of exceptional. I've told all
my friends and colleagues just how happy I am with you and your
company. Keep up the great work!"
- Chris, Pennsylvania
- "Jim, I wanted to let you know
that I received your sundial today. It is a beautiful sundial
and I look forward to seeing it working for the first time in
our window - hopefully tomorrow morning. It truly is a beautiful
piece, and very well constructed. You did a great job making
this sundial. I'll hopefully have pictures to send you in the
very near future with the sun shining through it. Thank you for
the beautiful sundial!!!"
- "I just wanted to say thank
you for the sundial. It arrived on Christmas Eve so was a lovely
early Christmas present for my husband. On Christmas morning,
the sun dutifully made an appearance (a rarity on Christmas Day
in the UK!) and we had fabulous rainbows lighting up our kitchen.
It couldn't have been more perfect. It is a beautiful product
and myself and my husband are both very pleased with it and will
treasure it for many years. I'd also like to say that your service
has been impeccable. You have been very attentive and professional
and delivered the personal touch, not an easy thing to come by
in the world we live in now. I will definitely be more than happy
to recommend you to my friends and family."
- Rebecca, England
- "Yippee! We just got the marvelous
sundial :)) A big big thank you for this wonderful piece of art.
IT IS GORGEOUS :D I'll read the instructions mentioned and will
send you the photos of the spectrum coming out of the very first
Artisan Sundial in Adelaide..wow....feels terrific! Will highly
recommend this beauty to all my friends in Australia."
- Ranjit, Australia
- "Jim, the Spectra is absolutely
gorgeous! One of the most amazing gifts I have ever given. Thank
you so much for your outstanding service!"
- Jeff, Washington
- "Mr. Tallman, I have been meaning
to write you an email. We love our new sundial and are looking
forward to seeing the rainbow effects in the window we have it
placed by. It is beautiful. I wasn't sure what to expect but
once I received I loved it. It is so unique and beautifully designed.
Thank you so much for the time you put into making it. I would
have no understanding on how you determine the layout for the
place they are set. A very unique piece. I also found it very
interesting on your last email when you talked about how far
around the world they are and that many celebrities have them
too. We are looking forward to many years of joy and amazement
out of the sundial. Very unique and thank you."
- Shelly, Texas
- "Jim - all is good. Sundial
is accurate to a few minutes and I suspect it will get better
as we get away from the summer solistice. Very pleased and will
highly recommend the Spectra."
- Bruce, Florida
- "We received the Spectra and
we both love it. Thank you very much for the consistent contact
and devotion to this gift which will be part of our home for
years to come. I really do appreciate the hard work and care
you put into it and it shows."
- Josh, Massachusetts
- "The Spectra has arrived and
looks terrific! Thanks so much for getting it done in time for
Christmas. I'll be having lunch with my friend tomorrow and will
present it to him then. He'll love it. Thank
you so much for your kind consideration and skill in making it
so perfectly. It'll have a good home and I'll be back for more
orders for friends and family."
- Tony, Virginia
- "We received our sundial today
and are reading all of the enclosed
information. It now resides on our bedroom dresser in front of
our window. It has been a pleasure doing business with you and
knowing that there is such great energy attached to the sundial;
you seem like an amazing man, really putting yourself into each
piece you design.
- I'm so glad I stumbled upon your
- Alyson, California
- "The quality and workmanship
of the Spectra Sundial was as advertised. Great care had been
taken to make sure the dial came out flawless. Jim kept me posted
of the different stages, as the sundial was being constructed,
which almost made me feel like I was part of its creation. The
Spectra Sundial should be part of everyone's family, and will
be enjoyed and admired by all."
- Richard, Florida
- "We received our sundial ("cadran
solaire" in French) Friday last week, in perfect conditions.
It is a beautiful piece of craftmanship which will find its place
in our living room."
- Alain, France
- "I am happy to tell you that
my Spectra sundial has arrived this morning - and I am delighted
with it - I am like a child at Christmas. I am particularly pleased
that it arrived before the Winter Solstice. I
put the Spectra in the sitting room window where I had taken
the original measurements - it was spot on. The time was exact."
- Pat, Northern Ireland
- "The Spectra arrived today and
I must say it is more impressive than the pictures. Very high quality. Thanks for a fine work of art."
- Michael, Florida
- "I watched my friend's face
as he worked his way through the birthday wrapping paper, the
sealed mailing box, the bubble wrap, down to your exquisite sundial.
It was so very wonderful to see his eagerness to set the sundial
up in the (thank goodness!!) brilliant sunshine we had yesterday.
I was myself fascinated as we worked out how to set it up so
it would tell the time with the very distinct shadow showing
at 1 p.m. our time (otherwise, 12 noon Mountain Standard time).
My friend registering the fact the dial shows Daylight Saving
time, as well as his Spring Equinox birthday, was a real bonus.
I can't thank you enough for creating such a wonderful birthday
gift for me to give to my friend. It was something he never imagined.
It is such a very lovely piece of work and I know it will be
treasured and enjoyed all the sunny days in his future.
Thank you for this gift to me - to help make
my friend's 70th birthday so very special."
- Patricia, Canada
- "I received my Spectra today
and it is really wonderful. Clearly you put a lot of work into
it, and thought alot about the details. I like the sandblasted
gnomon, and the way it is attached. I noticed how one edge rides
on the equinox line, so it can be used to follow the declination
of the sun. The base is handsome. It fits nicely in our sunroom,
and I hope it will be a talking point for our guests.
It is everything I hoped it would be, and more."
- Bill, Vermont
- "It has been a pleasure doing
business with you, and it will be my pleasure to talk to people
about this special gift. Everyone who already knows about it
is intrigued. Your emphasis on quality and precision is rare
in today's world and much appreciated. I was just visiting your
web site again to look at the quotes, and saw the prism cast
by the Spectra. I was struck by its beauty, and it brought to
mind the opening line (chanted 7 times in a row) of the Yom Kippur
service--on the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the Jewish
year. The Hebrew is transliterated as follows: Or zarua la-tzadik,
u-l'yish-rey leyv simcha. It means: 'Light is sown for the righteous,
and joy for the upright at heart.' How
lovely that you are sowing light!"
- Barbara, New Jersey
- "A wonderful idea! I ordered
a Spectra sundial as an anniversary gift for my wife, and had
them include a special date line for our special day...and the
shadow actually did hit the line on our
anniversary! My wife thought I was so
- Jack, Florida
- "The dial looks very handsome...something
beautiful and out of the ordinary. The spectrum line is a knockout!
My Spectra will always be one of my most treasured possessions.
You have made a family
heirloom which will be passed down and
probably fought over long after I am gone
- Tony, England
- "The Spectra sundial is truly
a work of art. It is well made, solid as a rock, and elegant
with its cut glass edges. It is perfectly calculated to tell
my local time and I look forward to watching the shadow progress
down the dial throughout the coming year."
- Steve, New Hampshire
- "I ordered a Spectra sundial
from Artisan Industrials and it is very nice. Classically elegant
and precise, custom made with my location printed right on it.
It throws a lovely rainbow whenever we can get the sun to co-operate.
Very good quality, hand crafted, professional. Sits perfectly
in my South facing window, and I am surely the only kid on my
block to have one."
- "When I first came across the
Artisan Industrials web page, I was impressed with the quality,
character and inspirational content of the site. As I read about
the Spectra Sundial, I knew this beautifully crafted sundial
would be the perfect gift for a friend of mine. I asked the artist
and designer, Jim Tallman, to inscribe the sundial with the well-loved
line of a poem. He was considerate of my request and continued
to be wonderful throughout the process, keeping me informed of
progress on the project and notifying me on the day the package
was shipped. Upon receiving the sundial, my friend was exceptionally
pleased with the unique gift. My thanks
to Jim Tallman and Artisan Industrials for creating a product
- of such lasting beauty and elegance."
- Kathleen, Indiana
- "After searching for the 'perfect'
gift to present our teacher, the students of the Kripalu Teacher
Training found the site for the Spectra Sundial and we knew that
our search ended there. Working with the
artist Jim Tallman was an exceptional experience. He kept in
communication throughout the creation of the Spectra and shipped
it to us in a timely manner. Its simple elegance combined with
the scientific complexities and the love it was created with
made the Spectra Sundial the perfect gift for our teacher.
He said that his yoga center has the perfect
exposure for its display of prisms.....imagine what an inspiring
yoga class that will be!! Thank you Jim
for your contribution in making our graduation
a truly spectacular occasion!"
- Charlotte Kripalu Yoga Teachers 2005
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