About 60 years ago turning on tap to run fresh water from it was not a common thing in some of the more rural and remote areas. Electrical power was a problem and there were no community water mains. The well sinkers trade was in high demand. The trade exists of-course today but it has changed radically from what it once was.
Georg Stadler from Lower Bavaria is one of the last well sinkers who is still proficient in the old techniques. He knows how to construct a bucket elevator entirely made from lumber. He would not start his work though without the help and advice of a diviner. Finding the right place for a well always was and still is a difficult task.