How to make L rods

How to make L rods

First, the reason they are called L rods is from the shape of them. L rods can come in all sizes and can be made out of a variety of materials. It’s up to you to decide whether you want heavy or light rods, or long or short rods. There are some very tiny rods available which are used for dowsing over maps. There are others which are much longer than your average forearm. The choice is yours. Of course, you can have as many types as you like, as you’re going to be making them!

Although L rods are always sold in pairs, you don’t actually need two rods, except on very rare occasions. So you can begin with just the one. It won’t matter at all.

The idea behind all L rods is that they should be able to held comfortably and to swing easily. Some people prefer to have rods with sleeves to hold, while others don’t care. I don’t have sleeves on my rods, but Maggie does. It’s just a matter of choice.

Simple rods can be made from lengths of brazing rod, for example, These are cheap and come in a variety of thicknesses. You can find one which is the right weight for you easily enough. To make it, you need to hold one end of it and mark slightly above that as the place to make the bend. Make sure that, when you hold it, there is enough length for it to feel comfortable.

You can also make rods from copper wire, but be aware that these types can be more easily bent in day-to-day use. Also, copper can be expensive, which might be another consideration. You can also use lengths of steel. Those are really hard to damage! My rods, for example, are made from plain steel. There’s nothing fancy about them at all. I often jam one of them into the ground as a marker when I’m working. You can’t do that with copper rods.

Another way to make an L rod is to take a wire coat-hanger and snip it below the hook and again half-way along the bottom part. Then it’s a simple matter of bending the resulting part into an L shape. Again, very cheap and easy, but liable to get bent through use. But they are good ones to learn with.

As for sleeves, as I said earlier, it depends on how comfortable or not you are using them. Maggie jokingly calls her rods, ‘girly’ rods, because they are so sensitive. I can’t use them, because they swing so much when I hold them.

The easiest way of making sleeves is by slipping a straw over where you hold it and then bending the bottom part up to keep the straw from falling off. You can substitute the barrel of a ball-point pen for the straw for greater durability.

The point you must keep in mind, no matter what type of rod you make, is that as long as it is responsive when you hold it, that is all that matters. Nothing else!

Watch our video on Dowsing with L rods for pointers about technique.

Happy Dowsing!

Let us know your thoughts on l rods in the comments section below. Do you have a favorite one? Or do you also use them as a pair? What are they made of? Do let us know!

Common Questions About Dowsing Tools

Let's Dive Right In!

Although they are very simple, there are a number of common questions about dowsing tools which keep cropping up.

Although we can't guarantee that we answer all of them in this video, we are fairly certain that we've at least covered some of the most common ones.

Common questions about dowsing tools

These really break down into two major areas.

The first area is about how to look after your dowsing tool. This includes things like cleaning it, keeping it looking good and so on. Some people like to see the tool they use for dowsing always in a clean and tidy state. Others, like me, on the other hand :-), don't really care what it looks like, as long as it works.

The cleaning idea also include a ‘biggie' about whether other energies can mess up your tool. So, in this instance, a very common question is about whether or not to allow other people to use your tool, or whether, if they do, it needs cleaning or not afterwards. And, if it does, then what's the best way to clean it?

Now, as you'll see in the above video, the answer to these questions really does depend a whole lot on your thinking about the situation. If you really and truly believe that you must keep your tool just to yourself, then it's true for you that you should keep your tool for yourself. This is because what you believe is what is true for you.

The second main area of questions about dowsing tools is about which is the right tool to use. Again, that's not a ‘one-answer-fits-all' deal. It's more about which tool feels right to you when you use it as well as whether or not it does the job.

So, personal preference plays an important part in these things.

Was your question answered in the video? If not, what would you like to know about dowsing tools? Let us know in the comments section below!

Dowsing Instruments

So Much Choice!

There is a wide variety of dowsing instruments. Beginners can often be confused with the options available to them. But, really, it all boils down to one thing, as this video demonstrates…

Dowsing Instruments

There are all sorts of dowsing instruments you can buy or make. They cost from really very little (as in make them yourself) to very expensive (as in precious and semi-precious stones). In fact, you can use pretty much anything as a dowsing tool.

Dowsing tools come in all shapes and sizes. From a wedding ring on a chain, to keys on a string, a nut on a piece of dental floss or even a garden gnome on a rope! You can even use a postcard and hold it so that it flexes one way or another to show answers. Rods, branches, bent metal, or no tools at all, just your body.

The variety is endless!

Dowsing equipment, no matter what sort, works in the same way. It responds to very small muscle movements usually in your hands and arms.

This movement is known as the ideomotor effect and is, in part, the reason why some people complain that dowsing is fake. Their argument is that, since the dowser is moving the dowsing instrument, it is all fake. What they don’t look into is why the movement takes place to begin with.

No matter what the dowsing instrument is, whether it is a pendulum, a bobber or an l-rod, it responds to small movements.

The more finely balanced the tool is, the easier and quicker it will respond to that ideomotor effect. To begin with, new dowsers tend to find it a little more difficult to get the tool moving quickly and easily than older, more experienced dowsers.

Dowsing is a skill. That means that the more you practice, the easier it gets. And the more you get used to using a dowsing instrument, the easier it will be for you to dowse. So, make or buy your own dowsing equipment and get practicing!

Why not find out more about how you can become a dowser and about the various dowsing instruments?

What is your favorite dowsing instrument? Has the choice changed over time? Why? Let us know in the comments section below