Hack Manhattan and the New York Public Library invite you to an introduction to the growing international phenomenon of locksport. This workshop will be led by Schuyler Towne, a renowned lockpicker and mechanical security researcher. Schuyler will present the history of locks and give a hands on tutorial. Learn to pick locks of varying difficulty. Opening locks is tremendously satisfying for children of all ages.
Schuyler got his start as a competitive lockpicker 6 years ago, winning half of his head to head matches at the 2006 Dutch Open. Presently Schuyler is studying lock development in Europe and the US between 1840 and 1870.
Locks are ubiquitous and all but invisible to the average person. Few ever notice them except for when they fail, and fewer still take the time to learn how they work and why they work the way they do. In this 3 hour workshop Schuyler will explain a myriad of locking concepts in use around the world. From Pin Tumbler and Wafer locks to Lever and Disc Detainers.
We’ll discuss how these locks work, and how they are subverted. Once the basics are understood, we’ll dive deeper, discussing a range of topics from lock forensics to manufacturing and even the history of physical security.
We will get our hands dirty and pick some locks. Even if you have never tried, come and we will all learn together! We will have picks available for the tutorial. You are also welcome to bring your own or purchase your own set at the workshop.
Bring your questions, as Schuyler will be taking topic suggestions at the start and will Q&A at the end for as long as possible.
Light refreshments will be served.
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Hack Manhattan is a non-profit cooperative space in Lower Manhattan dedicated to technology, science, and art.