A few months back, I dug a flat piece of copper which looked like an old penny; possibly flattened by mischievous children on the railroad tracks. Upon returning home I promptly threw it in the miscellaneous junk jar for later review.
For those of you who aren’t subscribers to The Searcher magazine, first of all, why not? It’s a great read. Some folks in the US may think oh it’s a UK magazine, and yes it’s published in the UK, but the articles and reviews are universal and of interest to detectorists everywhere. Second, the humorous cover…
I was reading Dick Stouts post about Dig Fella’s and decided to give my own blog stats a look. I noticed that although my posts about “Warsaw Wally’s” rantings & rage are not number one on my list of most viewed posts, when he mentions me on his blog it draws quite a bit of traffic…
Have you ever found a piece of gold jewelry marked with numbers instead of karats, and wondered what those numbers represent? Most people in the US who buy their gold locally, or receive a piece of jewelry as a gift probably don’t give much thought to its quality because the US system for gold uses…
Dave and I got skunked at a cellar hole on Saturday, while Todd was the envy of the day with a beautiful 1907 half dollar. Dave was pretty bummed on the way home, and it only seems fair that he made a comeback the
Got a chance to get out with Todd Hiltz again today. He was researching the site of an old cellar hole in my neck of the woods, and this being the last day of his vacation, he wanted to check it out.
We got off to a late start, heading out after noon. Thankfully the property wasn’t very far away, but the hike into the woods was a haul.
It was 3 a.m. this past Saturday morning, and the coffee was brewing as in my sleepy-went-to bed-at-11:30 p.m. stupor I was making final preparations for the day, re-checking my gear for a third time.
A quick check of the weather; in the 80’s today & humid. I decided to nix the camo gear for some baggy cotton trail pants, and made sure to pack extra water.
I am not a habitual reader of the Portable Antiquity blog, because basically I think it is BS, so I wouldn’t have seen the lovely write up by Paul Barford about my photo on the recent cover of The Searcher Magazine if my pal Dick Stout didn’t bring it to my attention. You can read Barfords…
Second only to childhood dreams of being a Princess, is it not every woman’s dream to be on the front cover of a magazine? Well… I have made my modeling debut on the cover of the September issue of The Searcher Magazine, sporting a neutral mismatching camouflage outfit designed by the US Military, and accessorized with my Etrac by Minelab.
While at a hunt a few weeks back in Groton, CT with some members of my metal detecting club, The Nor’easters, a reporter, Abigail Pesta, from the Wall Street Journal was there to do a human interest story on metal detecting. The article is titled “For Metal ‘Detectorists’, the Real Find Is to Sweep in Peace”.
I had just finished writing a piece about the awesomeness of my long T-handle shovel (my digging tool of choice) when coincidentally that same day I came upon an article titled “Carelessness or Ignorance” by Mark Schuessler in the May/June issue of American Digger, about the new “trend” of using long handled shovels.
Bill Cameron is a retired Metro North Mechanical Foreman, and has been a bottle digger and collector for over forty years. As past president of the Greenwich Antiques Bottle Collectors Club, he has lectured on bottle collecting and patent medicine at local churches and libraries. Besides bottles, he enjoys painting, writing, furniture restoration, fishing and clamming. Bill and his wife have three married sons and 2 granddaughters. Bill has moved 5 times in his lifetime but never left Cos Cob, CT.
Thanks to our American ancestors who destroyed the Kings English a few centuries back, it might be a little odd to read as it was edited for a UK audience, but I’m sure you’ll get the idea.
Danial Bernzweig manages MetalDetector.com in Southborough, MA (They Ship worldwide). He has written extensively on the subject of metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He has traveled the world in his pursuit of educating, exploring and advising others in the proper use of metal detectors. Outside of the business he enjoys mentoring students, being involved in the community and spending time with his family.
Opportunism—The conscious policy and practice of taking selfish advantage of circumstances – with little regard for principles, or with what the consequences are for others.
Opportunist—A seeker of opportunity. A person who maximizes his/her benefit in every action he/she takes.
How to spot an opportunist: Maybe you know one, (or a few) of those people who want to go hunting with you because you’ve got a great spot. You arrange it because you’re a trusting person. Afterwards, they promise to take you to their great site, but that never seems to materialize. The next time you go to your spot, there are telltale signs someone has been digging the heck out of the place, and there is only one other person who knows about it…
The other day I was thinking how much my life has changed since I started metal detecting. The people I’ve met, the places I’ve been, and the finds I’ve discovered all were the result of a hand held machine that beeps.
Before I took up detecting, my passion was genealogy, and before that, fishing. At one time, it was not unusual to see me with my face buried in some book, or walk into a room littered by my family papers scattered about. Research trips out of state to visit forgotten cemeteries and obscure town halls were the norm.
Is your significant other also your detecting partner? Do you know what he or she is thinking?
Here are some examples; some drawn from experience, some from humor, of gender differences in the hobby and what your partner could or might be thinking or doing …
The Searcher Magazine is featuring Detecting Diva in one of it’s articles, along with a lot of other good stuff–Due out on Friday. Check it out! http://www.johnwinter.net/jw/2013/04/meet-the-hoard-hunters/
I get a fantastic signal, my mind thinks “oxen shoe”, my machine reads “oxen shoe”, but can I ignore it? Nooooo! I dig, and dig, with the anticipation of a fantastic find spurring me on, until finally my treasure is revealed…a lowly oxen shoe. Sigh—I move on…
I was at a meeting of the Nor’easters Metal Detecting Club last night, and one of the members mentioned my review about Dick Stouts new book, “In search of treasure”. He wanted to know, Did I actually read the book before writing the review? I assured him that I had, and that it was a good read….
Okay, so the comparison is a little bit off, but seriously its a good book, so I’ll just be getting on to the review…..
Check out Dick Stout’s new book In Search of Treasure Dicks been detecting for a long time, and his books always have great tips and advice. Besides that, if he didn’t write books, I would have no one to blame for my past and future detector purchases. Why it’s Dick Stouts fault