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The Golden Olde

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Helpful articles originally posted by Norman Garnush on his blog website called The Golden Olde.  Norm was one of the first to have a metal detecting webpage, back when the internet was still young.  I think every single one of us who were on the net back then visited his page, and checked it often.

The page stayed up for a few years after Norm passed but it has been gone for many years now.  Archives are still available, but are difficult to find unless you know exactly where to look.  As a faithful reader of Norm’s page, I wanted to re-host his articles here for new detectorists to continue to enjoy and learn from.

All articles are published exactly has he did originally, with the same sub-groups.  The pictures are not included in the archive hosting, but I have tracked them down and am including them in each article.

Some posts are being left out intentionally as they are woefully out of date and of no use to the current reader.  Items such as the “forums”, “partners”, “clubs” are not included.  Many of the website links are long expired, but where they are broken, I am including new ones to provide the same resources originally intended.

Getting things set up, organized and transferred may take a little time, so if you dont see everything yet, check back!


Hi, I’m Norm. I have worked at NASA J.S.C. as a contractor in the Mission Control Center in Houston since 1967 beginning with Apollo and continuing to Shuttle mission STS70. I retired in 1995 and my time is spent constructing and authoring this website and metal detecting. Over 25 years ago I wanted a metal detector so I decided to design my own. The surprise came when it worked! I used it to find old relics around the farm but laid it aside as the demands of the job pushed it out of my life. Since I retired you might say I really found that I enjoyed building this website and spending time detecting mostly at the beach and surf. I am now hunting Civil war relics, and hope to keep expanding my fields of experience to include many other varieties of metal detecting.

As a school kid I struggled to get through my classes and just didn’t much understand why I needed all that information in the first place. If I would change one thing in my life (besides mistakes) I would like to have had someone sit down with me and just explain why it was important to excel in school. You see, I lived in a blue-collar town and almost all the kids just hired in at the refinery when they left high school. I suppose that even the teachers expected us to follow suit. As it turned out that cost me a lot. It cost me salary and position at my job and it constricted my social communication skills to a basic level. I had to work twice as hard to overcome my rudimentary training and still harder than that because I was a short man in a big mans world.

If I had it to do all over again I suppose that I would include more of the creative skills (rudimentary as they are) to my life and move to jobs that would permit me to find more satisfaction in a creative way. All too quick as we reach adulthood we are faced with getting the job and little time or consideration for finding the right kind of job even though we start at a lower salary it is more important to find a field of work that fulfills you and not only a seat in some cubicle somewhere where you become one more anonymous drone cranking the same work in day in and day out for all your life. You have to have people who believe in you and are willing to give you working space so that you can find a satisfactory work situation. It is very popular these days to squeeze employees and pressure them to obtain more “productivity”. That means more profit for the stockholders and less of a life for you. Those are sweatshops and I hope that they die out in our country but so many people from other countries have come into our country that are used to sweatshops that there are always more employees who want your seat if you leave it.

One realization that we come to as we age is how very important living is, not just the treadmill but living life instead of wasting it. One reason that I have come to love the beach is that it somehow seems to boost that living experience to levels that are hard to achieve anywhere else. I also enjoy meeting new people on the beach. The beach is wonderful in one respect; the CEO or bank presidents just wear swim trunks and walk along looking just like everyone else. The beach seems to bring us all to a single level and we can communicate much easier.

As a treasure hunter I try to spend lots of time learning from my machines and make notes to remember. This also makes this website my resource and I remember much more after writing an article. As an amateur author (small “a”) I am surprised that anyone would spend time to read my articles, but if you want to read them I will try to do my part and keep them coming. In this website I try to give the reader more than just dry technical material but share with you the excitement and adventure that I find in this simple hobby that provides us with such a broad and satisfying lifestyle. It truly has given me more back that I had ever anticipated in my wildest imagination.