About 20 years ago, I discovered The Revealer in the building maintenance dept. of Watney’s Brewery, Trowbridge UK. They used it for locating pipes around pubs, etc. The architect also used it on weekends to mark out the post holes of old archaeological sites. Of course, I was extremely sceptical until they actually demonstrated the instrument. I decided I had to have one, and set about tracking them down.
After much searching, I encountered the inventor Lawrence Veale’s wife in Kingskerswell, Devon. Lawrence had died a few years prior, and she was about 85, not really too interested in marketing the product. I purchased a Revealer from her, and started to practice.
Finding pipes was really easy, and as I was involved with building surveyors, clerks of works, etc. it soon became a topic of conversation. A few people asked me to find ‘stuff’ and I did. I ‘dowsed’ Stonehenge (lived nearby) and was amazed at the power of the leylines, which were actually in the air.
Others asked me if they could purchase a Revealer. I contacted Mrs Veale again and she still had a few machines, so I bought them all from her. She was particularly pleased that her husband’s lifetime work would be continued. She gave me all the drawings, plans etc. and her blessing to carry on the Revealer.
A few years later, I moved to the USA, taking 3 or 4 Revealers with me. I was in sales, and met a number of salesmen at a business meeting, and the topic of dowsing came up. I showed them my Revealer and they all wanted one, so I was quickly down to my last one. These men were persistent, and asked me to get more, which, of course I could not do.
So, after much deliberation, my wife and I decided to make them. We had the plans, and Lawrence Veale’s secrets, thanks to his wife. So, we purchased a lathe and started to make them.
Our greatest problem was the chrome plating, it was expensive and SLOW.
We made a number of Revealers and sold them through these sales associates. I remember Virginia as being the best area, my late friend Ian Wallace really did well there. You may trip over one or two there. All this happened about 15-20 years ago, and when we sold the last few, we didn’t make any more. We had bigger fish to fry, and our marketing guys had disappeared from our lives.
Recently, my wife and I retired, and we got to talking about the fun we had using, making and selling Revealers. We realised that now we had the Internet to market these items and it would be a completely different deal. We could make videos, produce CDs, and we haven’t got anything else to do! With a few minor design changes we’ve come up with a simpler method of manufacture, which will make the Revealer more sensitive and less expensive to produce.
Lawrence Veale’s Revealer Patent GB879568A