“Hey, is that a metal detector? Cool!”
I get asked a lot of questions about metal detecting and how it came to be such a great part of my life ( next to my wife and family of course !) So, I thought I’d answer a few of those questions today. Here goes!
So what do you do? Well, I enjoy meeting people and helping people. People often lose jewelry or other sentimental items at various places such as the beach, a lake, a park, or even the backyard. Depending on the circumstances, it can difficult to locate that lost item. I help people find those personal treasures with a metal detector.
Do you just look for other peoples lost stuff? Gosh no! I’m a treasure hunter at heart and its my greatest passion. I’ll take any free moment where I can get away to metal detect, doesn’t matter if its the beach, lake, river, park or yard, I’m there!
Do you ever find anything good? I always chuckle a bit when I get asked this, because to me being a successful metal detectorist is a numbers game combined with skill. You want it to pay, well you gotta play! It takes time to recover items of value. Sadly, there’s a lot of trash under our feet. For every ring that is found, there could have been 50 or more soda can tabs that came before it. Its a skill that’s learned not by reading a book ( they do help and there’s lots out there including you tube videos, blogs and forums ) but instead by spending time using your machine and getting to know its personality. Each machine kind of has its own little personality and tone. If you take the time to get to know it can tell you a lot. BUT…. yes. I have found some great stuff. Some of which was valuable (jewelry) and some weren’t as valuable in the monetary sense but still important from a historical perspective (relics).
What’s the coolest thing you’ve found? That’s a tough one, there’s too many to choose from. Silver or Gold jewelry is always great, but there’ve been some pretty cool historical relics too. One of which, I’m not at liberty to disclose the details, but it was by far the most coolest thing I’ve ever found and I actually shared that find with my dad. Great memory! More recently, I found a 1910 UMC shotgun shell cap. It wasn’t worth too much dollar wise, but I recovered it underneath an old oak tree. So its pretty cool to imagine that 105 years ago someone was under that tree and dropped the casing there.
How did you get into metal detecting? My mom got me into it. When I was young , like 8 or 9, she ordered a Garrett GTA model and thought it would be fun to use for the family. I grew up on an old farm so there were plenty of places to start looking for buried treasure. When I got a bit older, I remember her taking me a metal detector shop and we picked out a new to me but used machine. It was a Whites 5900 Di Pro. I still have it today. I don’t use it much, but it hangs on my wall and its the one machine I’m the most proud of and smile every time I look at it.
How many detectors do you own? Now, if you were to ask my wife that question, she’d said TOO MANY! I own several detectors, but they each have a specific purpose for specific conditions. Some for underwater and some for land.
Is this your fulltime job? No, not yet 😉 I would love for this to expand into a fulltime gig. But I’m thankful that I’m blessed with the opportunities that I have been given.
What’s the best thing you like about metal detecting? Hmmm, well that’s actually a two-parter for me. 1) I love the reactions and surprise when I find stuff that people had lost, that’s a pretty cool feeling. 2) I love putting on my headphones and just listening for the tones. When those headphones are on, I don’t think about anything else. Its a total break from everyday stresses. I could do this everyday, all day.
Is there any specific place you’d like to detect? YES everywhere!!! I would definitely love to travel to Europe and Japan to detect. Both of those area are so rich with history. It would be awesome to recover a roman coin or something similar.
That covers most of it. If you guys have other questions for me, just holler! Thanks for reading!