Guest Post: Phil Chapman’s Introduction to Metal Detecting

As this is my first blog I thought I would start off with a short introduction to the hobby of metal detecting, and some general tips aimed at potential new metal detectorists.

I’m 53 years old and relatively new to metal detecting. I only started doing it ‘properly’ in May 2011 after I purchased a metal detector from Joan Allen, but since then have found it to be the finest and most rewarding of all the hobbies in which I have participated. I’ve been lucky in having obtained permission to detect on some farms local to me and even more fortunate that several of them have produced some really interesting artifacts and coins. A number of my most fascinating finds can be seen on the Joan Allen website, both in the Customer Finds section and in the Blog pages.

As you’re reading this then you must either already be a detectorist or seriously considering taking up the hobby. If you’re in the latter category hopefully this blog will offer you some insight into our world, which may help you decide whether or not metal detecting is for you – and if you are a seasoned detectorist and you have any comments to add then feel free to do so.

Metal detecting will give you an amazing buzz when you and your machine unearth items that have been buried for hundreds, possibly thousands of years. I often find myself imagining who last handled the items or coins that I have uncovered, as well as thinking about the events that were happening at the time when they were lost. I’ve learned so much about numerous periods in history simply by researching my finds – further education comes as an added freebie!

This wonderful hobby will not only get you out of the house (often in all weathers), but it will also help to keep you relatively fit and healthy thanks to all the walking and digging required. Then there’s the element of mental agility and increased knowledge acquired through the wealth of research that often follows a session out in the fields or on the beach. It will also potentially enhance your social life, as you’re very likely to make quite a few like-minded new friends whilst you progress.

One thing to bear in mind is that as a hobby it’s unlikely to make you rich and famous. We do, of course, read of spectacular hoards and wonderful rare and valuable artifacts being found by detectorists, but these events are very few and far between. If you believe that this is going to be a great way to make a fortune stop now and look for something else to occupy your time because metal detecting will inevitably not live up to your expectations and rather than making a profit from it financially you will end up out of pocket.

If you’ve got this far and are still keen on taking up detecting then it’s time to go to the Joan Allen website and read their help and advice section and if you need any further advice please don’t hesitate to contact me or one of my fellow Joan Allen bloggers, we’re always happy to help!

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2 Responses to Guest Post: Phil Chapman’s Introduction to Metal Detecting

  1. Matt B says:

    Great stuff there Phil, For me Metal detecting is like fishing but better 🙂 I have never had a silver fish pop up that I could take home, research and look at for years to come! Also once you have a nice machine its just the price of batteries so not a constant drain on funds!

  2. Dave Taylor says:

    a bit misleading and negative , i,m willing to bet 90% of detectorists have found money or valuables of some sort ,,so to say look elsewhere for a hobby would put a lot of peeps off taking up the hobby !!!!!

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