BEACHCOMB EXPEDITIONS

The Travelling Beachcomber The 2018 Beachcombing Conference in North Carolina is coming up, and as usual, I am busy fielding ‘what to bring’ questions from participants who will be flying in from across the globe. Since I move around a lot, both for work and for ‘work-play’ (aka: beachcomb expeditions), I’ve got packing down to a science. So I thought I’d share some tips with you. The Big 3 rules of ‘The Traveling Beachcomber” are: BE PREPARED TRAVEL LIGHT STAY IN SHAPE (so you are able to beachcomb on any type of shoreline in any type of weather, but I’ll … Continue reading BEACHCOMB EXPEDITIONS

Beachcomb Expedition: London Mudlarking

One of the best things about the beachcomb world is going on expeditions with beachcomb buddies. Last fall, I went on one of the best expeditions ever, combing UK beaches with Nicola from Scotland, who I met at IBC ’17 in Kamuela, HI, and Evan from NC/the Bahamas, who I have known since IBC ’11 and ’12 in Lewes, DE. (Lasting friendships are one of the biggest takeaways from the annual Int’l Beachcombing Conferences (IBC). So in the spirit of beachcomber sharing, let me suggest a great budget beachcomb vacation for you: Mudlarking in London on the Thames River foreshore. … Continue reading Beachcomb Expedition: London Mudlarking

Hag Stones

A ‘Hag Stone’ also known as a Holey or Adder Stone, is simply a stone with a hole in it. The holes in Hag Stones are naturally occurring either as a result from the boring of a bivalve mollusk called a ‘piddock,’ whose shells look like angel wings or from coarse sand and/or smaller stones repeatedly grinding into a stone’s surface. Any stone that has a hole through it can be a Hag Stone. But why the name, “Hag Stone?” Thank Old Europe for that, for in their folk magic lore, Hag or Adder Stones were viewed as protective amulets, charms … Continue reading Hag Stones

Shell Seeker or Trophy Hunter? The difference is in the death…

Last month, I made some phone calls seeking someone to give a tutorial on ‘Shells of Hawai’i’ for this year’s Beachcombing Conference in May on the Big island. If need be, I can do it myself, but I am already giving a lecture and besides, it’s fun to have specialists in their field come to share their insights, perspectives and knowledge. The more ‘experts’ there are for everyone to meet … Continue reading Shell Seeker or Trophy Hunter? The difference is in the death…