Working with a Master Dowser

Master Dowser Rob Thompson

Master Dowser Rob Thompson

If you´d like to improve your dowsing skills and gain more confidence, try spending some time with a Master Dowser in your area.  That´s how many dowsers learned:  shadowing another dowser, then practice, practice, practice.   Northern California dowser Dick Tippett spent a day with Master Dowser Rob Thompson recently and shared his experiences.

“Last week I had the opportunity to work with Rob Thompson, a water dowser with more than 900 wells to his credit (
We went to find water for a winery in the “hill country” of Sonoma, California.  This is an area that Rob is intimately familiar with; he’s dowsed there for nearly forty years. It was an absolutely beautiful Spring day; sunny, almost no clouds, warm yet windy for a winter’s day, even here. The estate manager and her head of operations/maintenance came with us.
Rob led the way to the top of the site.  From there he quickly surveyed the entire property for likely wellsites, asking his L-rods to cross when pointed at a likely one. He found two.   Off we went to the nearest site, about a hundred yards out and far away from the location of the other wells serving the property. The site was a water dome, and he quickly located the best place to drill into it.
Rob is a natural schmoozer, and soon had his rods in the manager’s hands while he taught her what it felt like to find water. She was reluctant at first, yet thrilled to be doing it. We staked the location and moved to the next likely site, about a third of a mile away.  When we got there, Rob’s rods showed that there were actually three possible well locations nearby. One he determined to be outside the boundaries of the property, so that reading was ignored. The other two were nearer the winery and turned out to be about a hundred twenty yards apart. Both of them also turned out to be water domes. We staked them both as well. One is easily accessible for drilling, the other not so easily reached, but still “doable.”

Rob’s excitement at finding these veins of water was wonderful to be a part of.   He repeatedly said that he could “feel the water” and, at the third site, actually walked to the point where he wanted to site the well and told me to stake it, then used his L-rods to confirm that he had picked the best spot.  The operations manager had a Google satellite map of the property with notes in the margin; the notes indicated that the winery was hoping for a well that would produce 30-45 gallons per minute at a depth of 350-500 feet.   The first site Rob located dowsed that it would produce more than 50 GPM at about 400 feet. The second and third sites that he dowsed had two veins of water, one above the other. He dowsed that each well would produce more than 300 GPM, also at less than 500 feet. Needless to say, his client was pleased.

I learned a tremendous amount about working with L-rods to target wellsites from a distance. I got to refresh my memory of what it feels like to find the edges and the center of a vein of water.   I saw for the first time what a water dome really looks and feels like, and that it really does have an energy different from the surrounding land. And, I was able to dowse within a reasonable amount of the flow rates and drilling depth that Rob himself dowsed.
If you have an experienced water dowser in your area, by all means seek him or her out and see if you can arrange to spend a day or a lot more learning at their side. The experience will strengthen and reaffirm your skills and will do wonders for your confidence.”
Dick Tippett
Member, ASD Golden Gate Chapter


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