Dowsing rods are used for a specific type of divination—finding things or places—more so than forecasting the future or seeing future events. The most common types of dowsing rods are used to find metal or ore deposits, gemstones, oil, ground water, or even grave sites. A dowsing rod itself is a L-shaped or Y-shaped twig or rod. The most common is a Y-shaped branch plucked fresh from special trees such as hazel, witch-hazel, or willow. This rod is this held by the user who walks around a target area, awaiting a dip, incline, or twitch in the branch when the item for which the person is searching is just beneath them.