Be sure to read John Howland's lastest offering...it's another good one. Read his ideas about how to make your future Th'ng trips a little more fun. You will find it in his "Malamute Saloon"Also received an email from ole friend Jessie Thompson about a new website that promises to be interesting. Check out the following......
Sorry it's been a while since adding anything new. Been a tough few days.....
Received an email from a friend yesterday stating that all the city parks in San Antonio are closed to detecting. Evidently the local achaeologists love metal detectors, but only when
they are using them. While this news is disappointing, it doesn't surprise me. I have never seen a more stringent state antiquities act that the one here in the "Lone Star" state. It
"It is the public policy and in the public interest of the State of Texas to locate, protect, and preserve all sites, objects, buildings, pre-twentieth century shipwrecks, and locations of historical, archeological, educational, or scientific interest, including but not limited to prehistoric and historical American Indian or aboriginal campsites, dwellings, and habitation sites, archeological sites of every character, treasure imbedded in the earth, sunken or abandoned ships and wrecks of the sea or any part of their contents, maps, records, documents, books, artifacts, and implements of culture in any way related to the inhabitants, pre-history, history, natural history, government, or culture in, on, or under any of the land in the State of Texas, including the tidelands, submerged land, and the bed of the sea within the jurisdiction of the State of Texas".
I remember gathering all the various state regulations regarding metal detecting back in the 80's, and received a copy of this item along with a cover letter pretty much saying "stay away". Since moving to Texas I found that the Texas A&M Archaeology department is highly touted, and is pretty much responsible for all the wording in the Antiquities Act. Just one more way the academics push us to the side.
I could go on and on, but I think you get the gist of my anger. I understand the importance of saving and preserving our history, and I understand that there are surely a few who plunder, but why are we not allowed to participate in this historical preservation. I feel certain that most all of the people I have ever come into contact with in the metal detecting community would always take the time to report any find of historical importance.
Why is it that the detectorist in the UK can feel comfortable pursuing his pastime, and we cannot? They have their Portable Antiquities Scheme which allows for them to report their important finds, and know that if it is deemed to be "of historical significance" they will be paid the full monetary value. Here in the US we would probably be fined or arrested.
Yesterday morning I was entering info about John Howland's latest contribution, and two hours later I was mourning the loss of Bailey, one of our pugs. Took her to the vets to get her nails cut, and she collapsed. They tried to revive her, but couldn't. I cannot tell you how hard it is to deal with this loss. I suspect those of you who have pets will understand. It's one thing to have a sick animal, but another to simply take one to the vet for a normal procedure, and not bring her home. I miss her so much.
Not sure how Barnum will deal with this... They were real buddies!
Great new article by John today in the Malamute Saloon. John is a Garrett guy, and needless to say we have had our debates over the years, but he seems to trump me all the time with his finds. Given that, I will let him get away with his drivel one more time. Thanks, as usual Bubba!
And oh yeah...his recipe, Linguine with mushrooms, is dynamite. Easy too.... He says it goes good with cold beer, but I like it with a good ole, down and dirty Chianti!
I have always been amazed at how many detectorists are also avid fishermen. I think it has a lot to do with the thrill of not knowing what you will come home with, as well as the research aspect. Finding that hole, that one spot where the bass or trout is likely to hang out is really no different from being the first one to discover the ole foundation hidden in the woods. I migrated from fishing to detecting years ago, but never went back, and I often miss it. Two very close friends, John Punola and John Howland are still very active, and experts in what they do.
Was chatting with TH'er/outdoorsman John Punola the other day, and he has had a banner year so far with over 11 articles published in many of the northeast's finest publications, including the Long Island Fisherman, New Jersey Angler, New Jersey Fisherman and The Catskill-Delware publications. He is also the field correspondent for the Reading Eagle Newspaper, in Reading, Pennsylvania, and the author of "Fishing New Jersey Trout".
John made sure to tell me that if any detectorists are interested in local fishing information, feel free to contact him at email@example.com
John is often referred to as the "Shad Man" because of his intimate knowledge of that species, and can often be found wandering the waters of the Delaware River, a stream not at all foreign to me. Havng grown up in Lambertville, New Jersey, it's the home of the annual Shadfest. If you live anywhere close to this event check it out. Lots of great food and entertainment to boot.
When I saw that my old friend Andy Sabisch had a new book out, I had to have it. Andy is, without a doubt, one of the most knowledgeable treasure hunters around, and I have
learned a lot from him over the years. I received my copy of "The Treasure Hunter's Handbook" yesterday, and have already read 40 pages (256 pages total). It's without a doubt the most comprehensive
book on the subject to come out in a long, long while, and I highly recommend it. As Andy states, "This handbook has been designed to be a 'one stop shop' for all treasure hunters looking
to improve their success, no matter where they live or what type of targets they might be searching for", and I couldn't agree more. Great job Andy!
Just a few of the topics in Andy's book:
The Treasure Hunter's Guide is 256 pages long, measures 8" x 10", is loaded with photos and includes a 2010 Treasure Hunting Equpment Buyers Guide. If you want that one book that does it all be sure to order a copy at Andy Sabisch's Treasure Hunter's Trading Post.
Andy is also the author of:
Not much new added at this time, but I did add a couple of things to the Clubs Link. Every once in a while I am blown away by a club, their acitivities, their website and their contribution to the treasure hunting pastime. As a result I plan to recognize them here. I have a small list now, and hope to add them a club or two each week. Hope you find these interesting, and even more important, useful in energizing your organization.
I have been watching the current oil spill in the Gulf, and it breaks my heart to see the damage being done. This part of the United States has seen it's share of hardship over the past few years, and they do not deserve this. The photos of wildlife in particular disturb me no end. Despite all the calls for a "hands off" government, this is the perfect example of where it did not work. Shortcuts were taken, and safe practices overlooked.
We all know that big oil is in bed with our elected officials. Billions of dollars in donations to both parties resulted in this "look the other way" mentality and we are now seeing the results. I am further amazed that the Supreme Court recently decided that corporations could now spend freely in campaigns for president and Congress. Have to wonder if they were voting on this issue today if the end result would be the same?
It's only June and the weather here in north central Texas has been extremely hot, and not conducive to any kind of detecting. I suspect if I were younger it wouldn't bother me or interfere with my outings, but that is not the case, and I am opting to wait things out. It could be one helluva long while though.....
Also added another recipe to the Poor Gourmand, and it's one of my all time favorites. Suspect that's because it reminds me of France and Provence in particular. Roasted plum tomatoes with fresh herbs. If you like to cook check it out.
Lastly, if you are a beach hunter, you will enjoy this great story.
Be sure to read John Howland's latest "Malamute Saloon" submission. (His take on pin-pointers) And as usual it's accompanied by recipes, and his ever present off-beat humor. Thanks John. Keep em coming.....
Just finished reading Rosemary Anderson's tribute to Jim Lewellen in the latest Western & Eastern Treasures magazine (see my April 27th entry), and remembered a funny piece Jim wrote years ago. He called it The Ten Commandments of Metal Detecting. According to Jim, "I wrote this silly thing under the pseudonym Author Unknown. It was during one of my frequent periods when I had so many fires to put out I decided to just let them burn, and do something fun instead. Writing was such good therapy that I had a bunch of them printed up, and told my marketing folks to hand them out at hunts and trade shows. Then I went back to putting out fires...."
1. Thou shalt not leave behind unfilled excavations.
2. Thou shalt not trespass or defy in any way the lawful decrees of thy city, state, province or country.
3. Thou shalt not harm vegetation, the creatures of the field, natural resources or the personal property of others.
4. Thou shalt not covet the finds of thy companion. Nor shall ye covet his metal detector, digging tool, or the hallowed place he diggeth.
5. Thou shalt not neglect thy family and friends whilst in the endless pursuit of this hobby.
6. Thou shalt assist the distraught owners of lost goods, and the archaeologists, the enforcers of law, and all others who may need thy skill as a metal detectorist.
7. Thou shalt return found treasures to the proper owners, whenever their true identity can be rightfully determined.
8. Thou shalt report to the proper authorities any find relating to criminal activity or of archaeologtical significance.
9. Thou shalt be considerate of others on the beach, and in other public places whilst waving thy searchcoil, and digging holes in the sand and soil.
10. Thou shalt speak out against unjust laws and stand firm against the Philistines who would cast out all those who would use detectors of metal.
If thou dost not abide by these Commandments, may ye be plagued with mineral-bearing rocks, hard packed soil, pestilence, serpents, locusts, poisonous vegetation, and great multitudes of pulltabs, bottle caps and rusty nails. May ye spend the remaining years of thy wretched life digging signals of false origins. For thine iniquities shall surely bring the overzealous wrath of the ignorant, heathen bureaucrats down upon those of us who are innocent. For we are the righteous and the just and ye who do not obey the Ten Commandments of Metal Detecting are doomed to bad luck.
Friday afternoon and it's hot (already). Mid 90-s, and I gotta tell you I am not looking forward to the rest of this summer.....it only gets worse. Won't be too long before I start looking for the pick axe so I can recover a new penny that's fallen into the twenty inch crack caused by the excessive heat. Hard to believe? Welcome to Texas you'all!
John Howland has added a terrific read titled "A High Seas Treasure and Mystery", and I know you will find it intriguing. Check it out at the Malamute Saloon. He also shares another of his great recipes. Thanks John.
I've added a couple more of my articles, one dealing with writing about your treasure hunting experiences. In my opinion it's something more detectorists should do. You have your own ideas and techniques, and by sharing them with others, everyone learns and becomes more adept. These new additions can be found on the first page under "articles".
I've also shared my thoughts on the White's V3, but don't expect any earth shattering game plans. In fact you may be disappointed. I know many V3 users love writing out complex programs, but that's is not my cup of tea, and never has been. Go to the equipment page for more.....
Last but not least, if you love potatoes, check out my Mashed Red Potatoes with Horseradish recipe in the Poor Gourmand area.
Stay cool and good hunting....
Sitting here this morning pondering the pro's and con's of getting older. Having just come home from having a colonoscopy, my fourth in ten years, I find it hard to write about "treasure hunting" or "detecting" if you get my drift. My doc sort of gave those words a whole new meaning. After the procedure he came around to tell me that "everything came out fine", and I thought to myself "jeezus, am I really paying this guy to tell me this? He should have hung out with me yesterday!"Now I have to go out and spend more money for a picture frame. Our friends aren't quite sure what to make of those photos in the hallway.
Be sure to check out John's latest submission in the Malamute Saloon. Some great tips on finding and selling your gold.
I've also added another recipe in the gourmand area. It's one I shared with readers of "Western & Eastern Treasures" a while back, and many wrote back telling me how much they enjoyed it. Hope you do too.
Made couple of navigational changes, both to this page and to the Malamute Saloon. Now when you click on the links you will see the most recent entry, as opposed to having to scroll down. Also added couple of news clubs to the club website listing. Remember if your club has a website, and is not listed, please let me know.
I hope to have a couple of V3/MXT tips in the equipment area within the next couple of days, and if you likewise wish to share your ideas, settings, programs, send them to me. Will always give credit where credit is due.
Be sure to read John's latest entry in the Malamute Saloon. If your forte is beach hunting, you may just pick up a tip or two. Have also added couple of detecting links, "Treasure Spot" and "Detector Base". Two very nice sites.
Added couple of blurbs under Scattershooting, and also under clubs. The club entry is something I think you might be interested in especially if you belong to a club. Read the story, and then take the plunge...nothing at all to lose, and something good to gain.
After three weeks of research I finally put up a list of viable metal detecting club websites. Remember, the key words are website and viable. I know there are a many other clubs out there, but I have only listed those one can contact online. I mean no slight by this at all. I just did not want to get into listing email addresses and names of individuals. Also I am aware that my list is sparse, but it is my hope that any club reading it will contact me, and let me know I have left them out. I promise I will add your URL as soon as I hear from you.
To see the list click on the Clubs link and go to the bottom of the page, or click here
The White's Spectra V3i was just announced, and yours truly will be sending in his for an update tomorrow. I like some of the features advertised, and look forward to working with them. In my mind the V3 is already a terrific machine, and I like the idea of updated software changes. In today's world it makes a lot of sense, and unless some drastic new technology comes down the pike, I am willing to bet it will be the way to go over the next few years
If you are interested in knowing more about this update go to Spectra V3i
Just received John Howland's latest submission to the Malamute Saloon, and as always, a great read. Be sure to check it out.....
When I first met John back in 1985, he and Gerald Costello were coming to attend the FMDAC Treasure Weekend in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Having not met either before, Fay and I stood at JFK airport, late at night, with signs, saying "The FMDAC welcomes John & Gerald".
The meeting went fine until we left the airport. I wound up lost deep in the bowels of New York city, but didn't want to share this embarrassing situation with them. John quickly seeing prominent city landmarks, proceeded to thank me profusely for taking them on a tour of the city right off, and Fay of course was trying hard to stifle her laughter, quite aware that I had no idea where the hell we were.
Eventually I found my way out of the city, and headed home to central New Jersey. As we drove John continued to open up, and the conversation began to get more relaxed, more personal, more ribald, and it was all I could to stay on the road. Anything and everything was fair game, including the King and Queen. Fay and I still talk about that night, and how we hurt so much from laughing. The coming days were no exception.
Since that time we have become close friends and TH'ng buddies, and any time spent in his presence will be memorable. You will leave with tears in your eyes from laughing so much, and more often than not, saying things like "how the hell did I ever find my way back home"
You can email john at Quillbosun@aol.com.
It's with a heavy heart that I write the following....
I received an email from Carol Lewellen today, informing me that Jim, her husband, and former president of Fisher Labs, passed away last night. I am not sure how many of you reading this know of Jim, but it really doesn't matter. I will tell you about him....
The first contact I had with Jim was back in 1983 or 84.... cannot remember exactly. I received a letter from Fisher, and in it was a check for $100, made out to the FMDAC. The note simply said "keep up the great work....Jim". Not too long after, we met in Atlantic City, and our friendship grew. Whenever the Federation needed help he would be there, either financially or by showing up to speak at an event. He and Carol were big supporters of the FMDAC, and I will never, ever forget it.
When I later got involved in the industry we still crossed paths, and always managed to find time to get together, share a beer and laugh. That was Jim Lewellen. Easy going, and someone you enjoyed spending time with. When I left Garrett, we stayed in touch and emailed often. About a year or two ago we had talked about getting together in Calfornia for a long weekend, but for one reason or another we never set a date to make it happen. How sorry I am now that we didn't.
Carol, in her email today, stated...."Please don't send flowers. Go out and take a picture of animals or flowers or birds in his honor. It was his favorite thing to do." When I thought about it I realized yes, that was Jim. A true gentleman and a "gentle giant". He will be missed by many.RIP Jim
Still working on the club address/contact/link, but hope to have it up and available by the end of this week. Amazing how many clubs do not have a working website in this day and age. Also, John Castle, old friend and treasure hunter from the UK, emailed and sent along a recipe. Think it might be of use to those of you who hunt game. Be sure to check it out at the Poor Gourmand.
Happy Earth Day!! For those of you who expressed an interest in the Gourmand link, I added another receipe today. This is one Fay prepares, and we always enjoy. Also added a few more listings to the links page, and a new "recommended reading" link. Thanks to those of you who have emailed me, and offered suggestions. Will be trying to incorporate a few new things in the days and weeks ahead.
Made a few changes today, and hope they are for the better. Added a couple of drop down menus so that you don't have to forward through the phot quantity over quality, and that's not what I am about. Maybe a change will be in order. The first two recipes I offered are mine.
Also added a links page, which is still a work in progress. Every site has a links page, and it's almost always endless. I will not do that to you. I will list only those sites that I think are useful, interesting and fun. If you think your site fits that description, send it to me and let me decide.
Currently working on couple of new ideas for the website, and hope to have them up and running soon. Stay tuned.....
Got another blurb from the Bubba in England, and put it in his Malamute saloon. John continues to amaze me with his ability to write, make me laugh, and embarrass me all at the same time. What a guy!! For the record I have a few stories to share with you about him as well, but haven't yet found a way to put them into words without being vulgar.
Put up John's latest Malamute Saloon offering this morning...check it out.
Every day I get club newsletters sent to me, and I appreciate being kept in the loop, especially since I do not write the Club News & Views column anymore. I enjoy reading them all, and often pick up a tip or two. If your club is not currently sending me your newsletter I hope you will add me to your mailing list. Send them to Disc440@tx.rr.com. I will try and acknowledge you all over time.... thanks again.
With John submitting recipes via the Malamute Saloon link I am getting jealous. Not sure how you all feel, but John and I get on with food, drink and a lot of talk. Every once in a while some of it is even coherent. We embrace good food, good wine, and yes, even warm beer when I visit him in the homeland. It's a European habit, and one we in the colonies ought to adopt. Meal time there is special and sacred. When they prepare a meal they take the time to do it right. I have never understood why many here in the States find preparing a meal to be such a chore. Decide what you want to eat, buy the indredients, pour a glass or two of wine, and give it a go. To me the process itself makes the end result all the better
To get even with John, I am searching my recipe file, and will share a couple here soon. If by chance you like to cook, send me your recipes, and we'll see if maybe another link is warranted here at Stout Standards
Had an email from someone asking why I didn't have a link on relic hunting or prospecting. Answer is....I do not know enough about them to offer advice. Did some relic hunting on farms adjacent to the Gettysburg battlefield when I lived back east, and hunted a couple of fort sites down here in the Lone Star state when I arrived back in the eighties. My finds were nice, but nothing to brag about. As for prospecting? Nada! Sorry.
Just uploaded 9 more photos from the good ole days. Please remember most of these are not digital and the quality suffers as a result
Also please be sure to check out Anglo-Saxon Hoard.This story will be on the National Geographic channel, April 18th, at 9 PM, ET.
Just received another John Howland contribution, and as always, a great read. Check it out in the Malamute Saloon.
An old publication is new again, and I am excited! The Treasure Hunter's Express was a newspaper I used to look forward to eagerly back in the 80's and early 90's. I was also privileged to know it's creator, editor and publisher, Paul Tainter. Paul and his wife Joan ran a treasure shop and publishing business in Ames, Nebraska, called Research Unilimited, and it became a gathering place for anyone and everyone associated with treasure hunting. Besides selling equipment and books, Paul and his wife Joan sold friendship and a lot of very valuable information.
When Paul told me he was re-introducing the Treasure Hunters Express again I asked him to send me a little history of how he and Joan became such fixtures in the pastime......
"My interest in treasure hunting goes back to the mid-1960's when I purchased my first metal detector. After I purchased it, I heard about this full-time treasure hunter who lived in Weeping Water, Nebraska and sold detectors and books. A friend and I drove down to Weeping Water, and met Karl von Mueller in the old Treasure Bank Building. After spending time visiting with Karl, I purchased some books on treasure hunting, and had him autograph them. From that point on my interest in treasure hunting only continued to grow.
Time passed and in 1972 I opened The Spartan Shop in Fremont, Nebraska, and sold Garrett metal detectors and accessories. I was also instrumental in starting a treasure hunting club, The Nebraska Adventurers, and served as president as well as editor for the club newsletter, The Adventurer.
During this time, Karl von Mueller moved from Nebraska to Segundo, Colorado and was active with Exanimo as a full time treasure/book store, and was publishing the National Prospector's Gazette. We still kept in touch from those early days in Weeping Water. In the mid-seventies Karl decided to sell Exanimo. He approached my wife and me, and asked if we would be interested in purchasing the business. After several weeks discussion and many phone calls, we decided to go ahead with the purchase of Exanimo and moved it to Fremont, Nebraska.
With the business came the publishing of a catalog featuring metal detecting equipment and books. The catalog grew in size over the years, and helped establish a large retail mail order book business, one of the largest in the country at that time. The Exanimo Express newspaper was also resurrected, and starting with a four page flyer, it soon grew into a twelve page tabloid filled with treasure hunting articles not usually found in the regular treasure magazines. Exanimo was now housed in the ghost town of Ames, Nebraska, with a full-time, walk-in, treasure hunting store, a thriving mail order catalog business, a dredge manufacturing business and a publishing business.
During this time Karl decided that he would like to have us also publish the National Prospector's Gazette for him. He would remain the editor, but we would take over all publishing duties. So now we were publishing two newspapers, a large book research catalog, and running our full time store, along with all the other associated duties.
In 1982 we initiated the Treasure Expo's, and they continued for 15 years. They were unique in the fact that the early ones were information only seminars. No hunts were associated with the event. As this event grew, we had the Who's Who of treasure hunting as featured speakers, and the information that they offered was priceless. Attendees came from all over the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
In the mid-eighties we changed the name of our business from Exanimo to Research Unlimited, which better described what we offered the treasure hunting fraternity, and Exanimo Express was changed to the Treasure Hunter's Express, again giving readers a little better title to show what the publication offered. The NPG ceased publication.
In the mid-nineties, we sold Research Unlimited and quit publishing the Treasure Hunter's Express.
Now after some deep thought and consideration, we have decided to start publishing the Treasure Hunter's Express again in the form of a newsletter. It will still be filled with the "off beat" information that makes it so unique and helpful to treasure hunters."
The Treasure Hunter's Express is printed quarterly, subscription rate $25.00. For further information contact, The Treasure Hunters Express, 335 North William Avenue, Fremont, Nebraska 68025, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still trying to contact numerous metal detecting clubs across the country. Once again, if your club has a website you should be sure the links, contacts, etc., are all up-to-date. Can't tell you how frustrating it is to send out an email only to have it returned stating the address is no longer valid. And this is happening with clubs I know are still operating.
Great News! My ole buddy John Howland from the mother land (a.k.a. England) has agreed to add his humor (and ugly face) to this website. On the home page click on Malamute Saloon. Not only is John a funny guy, he's a treasure hunter in the truest sense. Hope he can find time to share with you some of his recent beach hunting experiences. Oh, and a warning....whatever he says about me is not true.
Got a couple of nasty emails from people who were upset with my comments on the Scattershooting page. Political in nature, and disturbing.
While searching for club websites and information it's amazing how many do not have an online presence. And on those that do, many are missing contact links. Given the internet today I would strongly urge clubs to develop a website, no matter how basic, and to include information for new members in their area.
I am in the process of putting together a listing of treasure clubs here in the United States who have websites. I know others have the done the same thing, but I want listing to be up-to-date and accurate. To accomplish this I need your input and information If you belong to a club, email me and let me know the particulars. If the internet address has changed I need to know that. After putting up these addresses I will try and verify the links on a regular basis.
There a many of you who have great ideas, tips, suggestions, recommendations, etc.. Please share them with me, and allow me to post them here in StoutStandards. While I cannot promise that everything you send will be posted, I can assure you that if it is you will be given credit.