Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Reader's Perspective on Dowsing Rods and Treasure Locators (Conclusion)

 (Water "witching.")

In this post reader David Robinson has more to offer concerning his perspective on dowsing rods and treasure locators. Like many of you out there, I'm doing my best to keep an open mind on this issue despite my inherent skepticism regarding these treasure and gold-finding "tools."

"Good Reputation at 'Witching'"

"I was raised in a home close to an old three-room school house that had a water well with a hand pump installed. We pumped water from that well for several years until my dad decided to dig his own well and install running water in the house."

"A man in the community by the name of Ralph Corbin had a good reputation at 'witching' (dowsing) water wells. We knew the stream of water running under the school was weak so we never wasted water from that well during the summer months. So my dad got Mr. Corbin to come and witch a location for us to dig a new well."

"Boiling Up So Fast"

"I still remember the day Ralph Corbin came. I watched his efforts with great curiosity as he located the water feeding the school well. Then he found another underground stream running a different direction and said it was a strong one that lay about 24 feet down. Mr. Corbin's dowsing rod, a forked peach tree limb, worked for my dad as well but he didn't have the experience to read it like Ralph Corbin could."


(Gold purportedly found using the dowsing method.)

"Anyway, we dug our new well in the specified location. When we drilled holes and set the last charge of dynamite at 22 feet, the water came boiling up so fast that we couldn't draw it out fast enough to clean out the last blast of crushed limestone. We never were able to pump that well dry even in the hottest and driest summers."

"Some of Them Do Work"

"I just wanted to share my experiences in this regard with you. I'm 65 now and am certainly not going to be the one to experiment with the pendulum I was given. Nor would I recommend these things to others."

"However, I do believe there's more than just pseudo-science going on here. I can't say for sure that these sorts of locators are 'dangerous demonic practices' but I know that some of them do work and it makes me wonder about the power behind them."

I want to thank David for being open and honest about this issue and for sharing these bits and pieces of his past. Over and above the dowsing, treasure locator, and "supernatural" aspects of all this, the true gold to be mined here is in David's oral history.

Good luck out there.

If you liked this post, you may want to read: "Reader's Perspective on Dowsing Rods and Treasure Locators (Part 1)"

(c)  Jim Rocha (J.R.)  2013

Questions? E-mail me at jr872vt90@yahoo.com



16 comments:

  1. Over the years my experiences with dowsing and witching seem to say that witching for water has been around for centuries and seems to work for a lot of folks. That said, dowsing and witching for gold and treasure seem to be a totally different story and mostly a wild goose chase for 99.99% of folks. Why would anyone sell a gadget/locator, if it worked as advertised. The builder should be rich beyond his dreams and wouldn't need to sell not one of those locators. I've seen folks spend several thousand dollars on a locator and hundreds of dollars on gas and renting backhoes, etc.; only to end up empty handed. Myself, I'll do it the way the old timers did along with the modern metal detectors.
    Rattlesnake Jim

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  2. I've made that same point time and time again in posts and elsewhere Jim. Yet people continue to pay as much as $5,000 for one of these pieces of crap (so-called treasure locators). I, like you, believe there is some validity to the water dowsing thing. Anyhoo, we're on the same wavelength. J.R.

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    1. We used to drill water wells, a lot of areas had very little water. We would ask if they had the spot dowsed where they wanted the well. A lot of the time they would say I don't belive in that. We would say we have a lot of pipe, where do you want the first well. When you are paying a few thousand, you want it right the first time. R Ashburn

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    2. That makes perfect sense to me...I wouldn't want to pay boo-coo bucks and then come up short either. Thanks for commenting, J.R.

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  3. Hello Jim, Like I said I have used dowsing rods to find burried water lines. I didn't believe it would work, but it did. I have know idea how or why,but it did work. Hanging a pendulum over a map to find gold.....well.... I'd have to see that to be convinced it works. I think that is pretty much BS,but I thought that about the water witching too. I dunno.... I don't believe it is a evil demonic thing, if it works there is something else to it, but I don't believe it is evil.

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  4. I don't approach this stuff from a religious or supernatural angle...but that's just me. No slight to others who believe that is so. Best, J.R.

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  5. JR

    Amber and I went to a mineral show last year. At the show, a gentleman was selling dowsing rods. He asked if Amber wanted to try them out. She said sure and put them in her hands. She walked steadily, keeping her hands even and level. The wires moved quickly and crossed each other.

    We're not ones to automatically discount something, nor are we ones to blindly believe. The rods were about $20. We told each other we'd come back later to get them, yet got side tracked and never did. We are still curious to see how they might work.

    What might not work for nine people, might work for one. A good friend said something to us a while back: when was the last time you read of a big nugget find with dousing rods? Nonetheless, we might even make our own rods and head out to gold country, just to satisfy our curiosity.

    Amber and Paul

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    1. I like that point you make at the end of your comments..."when was the last time you read of a big nugget find with dowsing rods?" You know, I can't think of one incidence of this happening. But i know of many nuggets recovered with a good detector! Best, J.R.

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  6. Just chuckling to myself.....after reading the above comments.....I looked over to see the previous posted series...."Do It Yourself Metal Detectors". I guess some would call these "dowsing rods" just that. Wondering about your timing J.R., could this be the "left field" continuation of that series? Anyways....thanks for sharing.

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  7. You know I didn't even think of that connection, but hey...if it works, OK! Thanks for commenting. J.R.

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  8. One more, and I'll quit on this one! The well driller here in my little town has been doing this for 30 years and swears by it....hockus-pockus...I don't know, but for water at least it seems to work. I'll quit taking up all your space now! Snow is starting to melt, gotta get my prospecting gear dusted off!! Gary

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  9. No problem Gary...you or anyone else is free to comment as much as they like. Best, J.R.

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  10. I had a 10" water line buried a crossed my front yard 3 years ago. Last spring i for the heck of it tried dowsing a crossed it with bent out coat hangers. I tried as a kid but really didn't know what i was doing. With a fairly tight grip those rod turned in my hands as i crossed over the top of that pipe line. Now when i go to the rivers to prospect for some of Iowa's fine flour gold I dowse for the black sand line with fairly good success. Oh that water line in my front yard goes to fill a million gallon water tower.

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  11. Thanks for commenting and the interesting info. Best, J.R.

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  12. P.R. I am 56 y/o. I grew up where witching well's for water was common place. I had seen it done as a child. I will say this, I live in the bible belt. 21 years ago I moved to where I now live and the well was very slow to produce water, it was 150 feet deep. It went dry about 3 summers out of 5. I got tired of it and decided to drill my own well and did it with a 12hp Yanmar diesel tractor and a post hole digger, I refit the shaft of the post hole digger so that I could connect pipe to it and a 6" drill head. Now where to dig for water. My brother had witched for water before, but he wasn't available, so I asked him how to do it. He told me. I took two 7018 welding rods knocked the flux off them cleaned them off with a file and bent the ends into a 90 for handles. I held them down at a 45 degree angle, as I was skeptical of all this anyway, so holding them down meant they would have to go against gravity to either swing in or out. Sure enough as I slowly walked around with them they swung in and crossed almost horizontally. I decided on my dig spot. I drove a 12 tent nail into the ground and left it one inch above the ground. Well not having the money to build my drill mast with 2" galvanized pipe and drill with the same, I had to save my money. Come summer the next year we had a record drought. As luck would have it my brother was at home and available, I have never told him that I had witched and asked him to come witch for me. He came over and witched. He located a spot. I started moving the grass around to find my tent nail as I knew he was close to it, he said what are you doing? I told him then that I had witched and that his spot had to be close to mine. I found my tent nail and showed it to him, it was a foot away from his mark. He smiled and said where are you going to dig, and we laughed as it didn't really matter since it was only a foot. I told him I am digging right between the two marks. I did and at 10 feet hit a vein and again at 20 feet for a total of 5 gal per minute. I don't know how it works, but it does. I also know for some reason it doesn't seen to work for everyone. I do know this, whatever we do with tools, it can be used for good or bad. I don't go for this hocus pocus garbage, believing it is of the devil. God blesses those who believe.

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  13. Thanks for taking the time to give your perspective on dowsing here. I still have my apprehensions about it, but I will say I'm much more open to it than I was in previous years. I agree...I don't put a religious significance or a "good/evil" thing on all this. Just my opinion. Take care out there! J.R.

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