I have been involved in the treasure hunting/metal detecting pastime for over 40 years now, and this blog offers me a place, and a reason to look back and put things in perspective. While my metal detecting experience is very much like yours, it took me on a somewhat different journey that changed a great many things in my life. Some good, some not so good but all worthy of a look back.
You will not find a lot of technical babble here, and you will call a lot of what I have to say very basic. That’s fine. That’s me. I still believe that research is the most important part of this pastime and it won’t matter how expensive your detector is if you aren’t hunting in the right places…
Most of whatever success I’ve had occurred because I entered into the pastime at an ideal time, and also because I spent an inordinate amount of time researching sites. Add to that a lot of in-the-field trial and error and a helluva lot of luck!
Please note too that this is a “personal blog”…not a website or forum. As a result I may talk about my family, my dogs, my love of food and wine, my musical background, my memories, my aches, pains, warts and whatever else might come to mind. No guarantees or as my friend and contributor John Howland likes to say “Stout Standards is an acquired taste”….
I hope you will always remember that as detectorists, as amateur treasure hunters, we are bound by a common thread, and it is this friendship, this camaraderie, this sharing, that is so much more important than any treasure we can ever hope to find.
My goal is to keep Stout Standards updated regularly, and make it a blog you will want to revisit from time to time. If you have any suggestions or comments please let me know via the contact link above….