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Speaking of Springs
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Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-08-2004 at 12:47:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Gene: tHinking of Archives, thought I'd put my answer to your question here.
As for finding that spring It was sheer unadulterated luck. But add a it of dumb luck lookng for the right spot this is how it happened.

I suppose it's best to start with my method. I use wood my favorite being willow, then pear, and apple. A big "Y" or crouch for a douser. Taking the top ends in my hands (fists) turning the ends from each other I walk. I'll walk the property three times or more East`n'West. No less than Three times. Then I'll walk North`n'South doing the same. To recheck my findings. Have often taken A half doz sticks to do it right. When that bark peels in my hands I know I've got a good well washed stream, I'm looking for, benieth my feet. All done right the I should have all my markers: rocks, stakes, papers, or etc in some kind of a straight line. They'll mark an underground stream. Ithink of it as a conduit of nature's water.

For depth I like a 3' brass welding rod and a five gallon bucket. The bucket is important sepperating my backside comfortably from the ground. Sitting upon it I copletely calm myself and wait. After a few moments passage the rod will start to move up and down. Count these vetical movements. They'll continue strengthening and then subcide. Count every bob of the rod. Each one counts from beginning till end. They'll total the depth of the water. The trick is calm. Sitting tight on the bucket.

I hope this explains my part. Some say its nuts. But when my SIL drove three dry wells, he drilled one more in my line of stakes and got a flowing well. It came up soft as well.
most don't believe in it here in Mich. Shucks, there's water everywhere. But, the best is where you look for it.

Here's to willowing you success.

SusieQ    Posted 03-08-2004 at 14:14:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
My dad did dowsing with stick also, an awesome thing to see....

Michael M    Posted 03-08-2004 at 13:56:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ya know, I thought we here in the Hills were the only ones that still 'witched' water.
When I bought my land and started going through the county process to build, they told me that to get a building permit, which I didn't really need as I was doing the construction myself, I had to either find water, or have a note from one of the county recognized water witches.
After I picked my jaw up from the floor, I mean, come on, the county recognizing the abilities of a water witch to the point of requiring a note from one to issue a building permit? I asked who they were.
I got a hold of one of the guys, and he told me how he did it.
Now, I had messed around with dowsing before, but not real seriously. I got serious this time, using a branch. I did much as Fern described, walking back and forth. I marked the spot I liked the best with a rock.
The next day, the water witch showed up. He used two bent welding rods, which I still have hanging in my basement bar. He picked a spot, not five feet from mine.
The next day we drilled the well. At 25 feet we hit water, but it wasn't real good. At 75 feet, we hit another vain, and at 98 feet we hit a spring. He had predicted this, that the good water was deep.For this area, over fifty feet is deep.
Let me tell you, that spring gushed like a small gyser. We let it flow for a day, to clean out the hole, and capped it. I have had nothing but good spring water flowing here ever since. I even have neighbors who call and come down to bottle some.
It seems that there is a sort of local legend about the water from my hollow having life giving, healthy properties. I checked with the county, and sure enough, back around the turn of the century, a group of guys were going to build a health resort here, but it never got going. Back in the twenties, a fella was bottling the water which flows from a ground spring up at the front of the property, and selling it in the city. Another man ran a 'dance hall', about forty feet in front of my house site during probition,selling homebre made form the water. I myself make beers and wines using it, and have had great success.
Now, a funny aside to this story. Eight years ago I was hired as the lead man to build a very expensive timber frame and log cabin, for a very wealthy man from Indy. It came time to find water, and he asked me how to go about it. I told him my story. He sort of snickered at the backwoods notion that such a thing as water witching was real, and brought in some high tech boys from the city.
After drilling three salt wells, he called the dowser. The dowser walked his land, and told him that he didn't have any good water there.
Now this rich fella had bought over 100 acres, and had spent over $250,000 on the 'cabin'.He had built three lakes, adn had a total of around 3/4 million invested in this weekend getaway. The idea of no good water just wasn't acceptable to him, especially coming from a backwoods overall wearing long haired water witch.
After two more dry tries by the high tech guys, the rich man put in a filtration system, and to this day takes his water from one of the lakes we built there.
You can have money, and you can have brains, but if you don't have water, you don't have much.......
Local saying.

Willy-N    Posted 03-08-2004 at 13:11:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had a well witched but there was no water?? Not a drop and this guy did it on TV too. The next time I drilled I looked at the lay of the land, trees and vegitation and got water. I have seen and heard of people who swear by it but my experiance cost me over 6,000.00 for that dry hole! Mark H.

Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-08-2004 at 13:20:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can't wich upon demand. I think the whole prossess has to do with nerves. I have to be a bit tired and a lttle strung out. My main thing is if the bark remains in tack The witch is no good / no garantee.
From my old community had a couple boys who'd only drill on their witch and garenteed good well.
I thinking your witcher wasn't true to himself. Like I say if it don't feel right to me forget it.
I made three attemps once before it worked. I've hit all mine on the button; but only when they felt right.

If that tank's full, i shouldn't have any trouble finding at least that much water. he he he

Willy-N    Posted 03-08-2004 at 13:34:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I video taped him doing it and put a stake right where he said it was. The branch turned down for others but nothing for me? I had them lower the drilling pipe right over the stake. He told me they drilled at a angle so I dropped a plumb bob down the hole it was a straite pipe?? No money back or his fee. Mark H.

Gene SC    Posted 03-08-2004 at 14:20:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I probably wouldn' risk the cost of a dry hole
on it, CERTANLY not if I marked it. I just find
it fasinating, I herd stories in my area about
old-timers finding water when the hi-tech boys
couldn't. AND sometimes they don't. It's just
intresting to me.

toolman    Posted 03-08-2004 at 14:08:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
it worked for me , but then i held my nose just right, thats important too ya know lol.

Michael M    Posted 03-08-2004 at 14:01:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
OUCH! six grand for a failed attempt?! That dude would never walk in daylight in these parts for that sort of scam.
I have found water in this area for friends by doing like you said. I looked for trees that I knew were long tap root trees, and looked for the biggest ones. Around here, one sure sign of water is real big sycamores. From the ridge to the south of me, I can spot my hollow to find my way home by the white trunked sycamores that run through the bottom of it. Beats hiking down the wrong valley and then having to go back up and try again....

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