I have been involved in the treasure hunting/metal detecting pastime for over 40 years now, have authored four books and worked in the industry itself. As a result I receive emails and letters from detectorists like you, asking me for advice, asking what I think of a particular metal detector, inviting me to visit your town or city to hunt or to speak at your club meeting.
On the whole I try to respond positively, but there are times when I simply cannot provide the answer to your question, nor can I afford the travel costs to hunt with you. You see I too am just a hobbyist and no more an expert than you. Likewise I am getting along in years and don’t detect all that much anymore. I hope however that through this blog I might be able to offer you a tip or two learned over the years but promise nothing earth shattering.
Most of whatever success I’ve had occurred because I entered into the pastime at an ideal time, and 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!
You will not find a lot of technical babble here, and you may 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.
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.
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…
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 email me at: Disc440@tx.rr.com.