Phil and I had the pleasure to meet Vernon Bandy, a gifted dowser that has gained national acclaim with his skills. It was such a pleasure just to meet him and spend time watching him at work. Mr. Bandy says that he was born with this “gift” and that he believes it is a “God given ability” that can be hereditary.
Dowsing is a type of divination employed in attempts to locate ground water, buried metals or ores, gemstones, oil, gravesites, and many other objects and materials, as well as so-called currents of earth radiation (ley lines), without the use of scientific apparatus. Dowsing is also known as divining (especially in reference to interpretation of results), doodlebugging (particularly in the United States, in searching for petroleum) or (when searching specifically for water) water finding, water witching or water dowsing. There is no scientific evidence that dowsing is effective. – WikipediaThis pleasant, happy man is a joy to be with. Our prospective builder, Richard, introduced us saying, “watching him work is well worth the admission price.” Richard met him for breakfast in Bozeman and drove him out to our property to meet us. Richard treated Mr. Bandy with kindness and deference.
Mr. Bandy was eager to demonstrate his skills and explain every nuance of the process. He handed one side of the divining rod to me as he held the other while we walked around the property. The divining rod immediately jerked downward and it was hard to hold onto it when we walked over the prospective well site. Phil got to do the same. OK … I’m a believer.
After the well spot was identified, Mr. Bandy took out one of his smaller divining rods and stood over the site and spoke quietly to himself as if praying. He then turned and gave us his estimate of the strength (gallons per minute) of the finished well. The picture at left is his estimate. I am excited to see how close he is.
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