I actually had the opportunity to see a divining rod in action. My Danish grandparent
s, who lived in North Dakota
, had purchased an old house. The blueprints
for the sewer were gone they and needed to find the old sewer pipes in the back yard without digging up the whole thing. So my grandmother
went down to the river
bottoms and found a diamond willow
, which is a willow tree infected
with a fungus
, causing diamond
shaped patterns in the bark. She cut a fresh Y shaped stick about 2 cm in diameter. I followed her in anticipation as she walked across the lawn, holding the top ends of the Y in her hands with the palms up. When she had reached the spot that contained the sewer, I saw the stick twist down toward the ground. The stick turned down to the earth
so violently that the bark was twisted and shredded where her hand were holding.
The next day a crew came and dug up the sewer in that exact spot.