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Witching water #7317626
07/30/21 08:48 PM
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Is it real?
Can you do it?

What do you use? I have my Great great grandfathers copper rods.


Re: Witching water [Re: Vinke] #7317629
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It has worked for me on several occasions. :-)


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Re: Witching water [Re: SJA] #7317639
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Originally Posted by SJA
It has worked for me on several occasions. :-)


Best “wicher” I new used a willow stick

He would tell you how deep and the flow. God rest grandpa Ike!!!!!!!


Re: Witching water [Re: Vinke] #7317644
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My grandmother could, she always used a willow limb in a Y shape, most everybody in my parts would get her to witch water wells , i have seen the bark twist off in her hands as the dowser would twist down. kinda scary and exciting at the same time.

Re: Witching water [Re: Vinke] #7317646
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I always have used the force.


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Re: Witching water [Re: logger coffey] #7317650
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Originally Posted by logger coffey
My grandmother could, she always used a willow limb in a Y shape, most everybody in my parts would get her to witch water wells , i have seen the bark twist off in her hands as the dowser would twist down. kinda scary and exciting at the same time.



To me it is crazy how some can and some
Can’t!

My grandfather could find a dry drainage tile in the summer in Iowa


Re: Witching water [Re: Vinke] #7317654
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Originally Posted by Vinke
Originally Posted by SJA
It has worked for me on several occasions. :-)


Best “wicher” I new used a willow stick

He would tell you how deep and the flow. God rest grandpa Ike!!!!!!!


Yup!, Willow stickin' works real good. The strangest "witcher" thingy I ever saw was shown to me years ago by an old timer and he used was two empty "Bic" ink pen casings one held in each hand with two 90 degree bent metal coat hangers. Walked until they both crossed like an "x" and dug down or used a "missile". Deepest was approx. 27'. :-)


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Re: Witching water [Re: Vinke] #7317662
07/30/21 09:21 PM
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I saw an old guy do it with brass rods too. I don't know if it worked our not, but he drilled a really nice well. It was kind of cool to watch.


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Re: Witching water [Re: Vinke] #7317688
07/30/21 09:40 PM
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I've done it though I can't say I understand it. Peach forked branch.

Re: Witching water [Re: Vinke] #7317706
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I do it all the time to verify locates, or find utilities that aren't located. It ain't perfect, but it pinpoints ares to avoid. I use a couple pieces of wire from locate flags with the plastic flag removed and "handles" bent on one end that I keep in the truck.
For those that have never done it, give it a try on a utility line you know the location of. It works!

Re: Witching water [Re: Vinke] #7317710
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My friend in the drilling business liked a peach branch.

Guy who showed me how, used welding rods with flux knocked off. The quality of the metal was the reason.

Re: Witching water [Re: Vinke] #7317711
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Same here trapdog. Wire bent so it has handles and I can find a lot of stuff. Not sure how it works but it does

I’ll add if you’re looking for water think water

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Re: Witching water [Re: Vinke] #7317713
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Weather stick. It dips when foul weather is approaching and raises during fair weather. Similar idea?

Re: Witching water [Re: Vinke] #7317718
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My Grandpa had a plumbing business and used stripped copper electric wire. I have used the same and had it work as well. When I helped him there were a few times I did a fair amount of hand digging when he thought we were close enough with the backhoe and found nothing. Usually this was in very hot or cold weather while I contemplated its usefulness and tried to reason with him for us to stop.

Re: Witching water [Re: Vinke] #7317730
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I do believe it. I've seen it done by some old timers and think it is legit.

I also believe in the changing of the seasons and a "Time for Everything " though.

Re: Witching water [Re: Vinke] #7317736
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My dad and grandad could do it with bent clothes hangers, doesn't work for me. They said they generation before them used grape vines also

Re: Witching water [Re: Vinke] #7317738
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Copper wire. Walk til they cross. Definitely works.


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Re: Witching water [Re: Vinke] #7317758
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My mom was good at it using a fresh cut willow. She witched a spot on our family farm back in 1957 a month before I was born. The driller hit good gravel and lots of water.... down around 100 feet maybe to 150 feet. That well is still pumping and going strong (now with a pivot instead of flood irrigation) as it's the same age as me.... 64 years ! She witched for many over the years and usually found water if it was there. In some areas of my county water is hard to find...... just ain't there. I have not witched for irrigation or house wells.... but I can use two #9 wires bent with a 90 degree elbow and walk slowly with the wires pointed straight ahead in my extended straight forward hands. When I come over a water line the wires slowly turn to the side till they are parallel with the water line. Steel, pvc, plastic or clay pipe...... it doesn't matter. I've found many water lines on farmsteads for friends who wanted to dig or hook into a line . It works.... how I don't know. I am sure there is an explanation somewhere.


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Re: Witching water [Re: Posco] #7317764
07/30/21 10:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Posco
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Weather stick. It dips when foul weather is approaching and raises during fair weather. Similar idea?


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Re: Witching water [Re: NebrCatMan] #7317768
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Originally Posted by NebrCatMan
My mom was good at it using a fresh cut willow. She witched a spot on our family farm back in 1957 a month before I was born. The driller hit good gravel and lots of water.... down around 100 feet maybe to 150 feet. That well is still pumping and going strong (now with a pivot instead of flood irrigation) as it's the same age as me.... 64 years ! She witched for many over the years and usually found water if it was there. In some areas of my county water is hard to find...... just ain't there. I have not witched for irrigation or house wells.... but I can use two #9 wires bent with a 90 degree elbow and walk slowly with the wires pointed straight ahead in my extended straight forward hands. When I come over a water line the wires slowly turn to the side till they are parallel with the water line. Steel, pvc, plastic or clay pipe...... it doesn't matter. I've found many water lines on farmsteads for friends who wanted to dig or hook into a line . It works.... how I don't know. I am sure there is an explanation somewhere.


I think some can and some cannot, this will be a lost art…..


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