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Workshop: 7 hours of hands-on lockpicking 101 / practice on North American locks

Everybody will be given high-quality lockpicking tools for free. In this workshop, you will pick for 8 hours while learning about everything from speed picking strategies for rapid entry to how the world's first locks were conceived. We'll cover several locking concepts, a wide range of entry tools and a host of different techniques. Some of what we'll cover:

  • Basic/Advanced picking
  • Defeating common security features
  • Handcuffs & other bypasses
  • Mixed-method speed picking
  • Masterkeying
  • Introduction to high security picking
  • Lock engineering
  • Making picks

The goal of this class is to give you a massive breadth of knowledge from which to build up your technique and explore more advanced concepts. We will be hands on the whole time, so that even when you are learning more abstract theory, you will have picks in hand to get as much time in on the wide range of picks and locks as possible.

Level: Beginner



Schuyler is a once and future champion lockpicker who has turned to the academic side of surreptitious entry. He's trained everyone from law enforcement to toy designers about lock design and defeat. Follow his instructions and you will get in.


Before RSVPing, Please send $95 via PayPal to [masked]

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  • David P.

    It was a great time and amazed myself that I could actually pick a lock. I met some wonderful people and certainly look forward to another meet up with them. Schuyler was very personable and down to earth with a wealth of knowledge in this "industry".

    October 12, 2013

  • Al

    Great class, Schuyler is a charismatic, down-to-earth instructor with a great sense of humor and a wealth of knowledge about locks and picking. The class was a great intro into the topic and there was plenty of hands-on time using the tools. I'm pleased with the quality of the tools provided (though unfortunately, carrying pouches were intended to be included, but were not delivered on time for the class). I found the topics and sample locks and diagrams to be appropriate and would be interested in a lockpicking 102 or 201 class. Handouts of notes would be an awesome addition, since it could be difficult to retain all the info and I wasn't prepared to take notes. There were some great explanations and diagrams provided.

    October 7, 2013

  • Akshat P.

    So it looks like we're at max capacity, looking forward to seeing everybody tomorrow! Also it looks like 6 people want a spot. Hopefully that's encouragement for Schuyler to do this again in a few months!

    3 · October 5, 2013

  • Ray A.

    I would like to attend, but again, all spots are taken.

    September 24, 2013

  • Lawrence G.

    Hi Akshat, I have paid the total for the workshop , ect. I have a PayPal receipt. I am looking forward to it, Thanks, Lawrence Gilardi

    September 21, 2013

  • Schuyler T.

    Hey, everyone! Really looking forward to this. There are 2 people who reached out to me previously that I'm about to get back to, but just wanted to let you know that I'm gearing up for this now and I can't wait to be back teaching the class again. It went really well last time around and the only negative feedback I got was that I probably covered too much material.

    So, this time I'm going to bring the same equipment, so that we have the possibility of covering a huge number of topics, but I'm going to try to pace things better so that everyone gets a chance to really spend time with the tools they are most comfortable and interested in.

    Hopefully these will keep improving as I do more. Can't wait!

    2 · September 7, 2013

    • Akshat P.

      Hi all, Schuyler is trying to get some time to look through his PayPal account to see who has paid and who hasn't. However, I just realized that he must have tons of payments coming in for his lockpicking sets and that it becomes difficult to figure out which payments belong to the meetup. If you RSVPd and didn't pay, please pay or unRSVP yourself. You will be helping the community by doing that and we can avert a workshop fiasco.

      September 20, 2013

  • Lawrence G.

    I have seen lockpicking on Utube , I want to see it done by a pro and do it myself. Thanks for the invite.

    August 27, 2013

  • David P.

    I am really looking forward to this event, but are the hours of this event listed correctly. It says "8 Hrs of hands on training." and it goes from 9:30 till 4:30 which is only 7 hrs. I just want to be sure of the actual hours, so I do not come strolling in an hour later than I should. I have a good friend who attended this event and said it was most enjoyable and he learned a lot.

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • Nam P.

    I attended the same event a few weeks ago and I just wanted to add some comments in case people were on the fence. I didn't know much about lock picking when I went and was completely comatose from information overload (I had to excuse myself an hour early). Schuyler is the man, he's an energetic and passionate instructor...truly among the best in the world at what he does. That's not my subjective opinion either, he was ranked as a "meister" in the world rankings and has tons of great stories about it. You will get more than your money's worth and it's definitely a fun activity for a Sunday. Whether you're a hacker and have that curiosity/itch to pick stuff apart like myself or just wanted something to do for the weekend because you are bored you can't go wrong either way.

    Do it.

    3 · July 20, 2013

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Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
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Additional notes: If you want a refund, contact Schuyler and request a refund. It's up to him, but here's his email address and he's pretty cool about things.

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