Unlock a New Hobby with College of Lockpicking!

, Dean of Student Affairs at College of Lockpicking



You can pick your friends.
You can pick your beer.
But can you pick... a Lock?

Join us on Monday, October 1st or Wednesday, October 3rd from 7-9pm as we embark on an ancient mechanical adventure to explore the inner workings of a modern lock, first developed by the Mesopotamians and Egyptians over 4000 years ago. Led by lockpicker Eric Michaud, this workshop will cover - soup to nuts - everything you need to know about how common locks work... and how to pick them open.

Whether you're a complete novice curious to find out what pin-tumbler really means, a homeowner protecting your family's treasures, or a veteran lockpicker with questions about advanced locks and techniques, this event is for you! With 2 solid hours of history, mechanical diagrams ("lock pr0n"), and hands-on lockpicking instruction... first we'll open your minds, and then we'll open some locks!

To properly learn this ancient art, you will need the proper tools.  Registering here on SkillShare guarantees you a seat at the workshop, and reserves - all for you - a brand-new 10-piece custom lockpick set made entirely in the USA, hand-picked by College of Lockpicking faculty to maximize utility for beginners and locksport enthusiasts alike!

If you already have some picks you're itching to practice with, bring them along!

See ya there!

- Eric.

P.S.  Visit the College of Lockpicking School Store to pick up custom lockpicking accessories and limited edition goodies as they become available! And don't forget to Like our Facebook page and follow @lockpickcollege on Twitter, to get updates about this and future Lockpicking events across the country and around the world!

  • College of Lockpicking


    25 Essex Street
    New York, NY

    College of Lockpicking is a hands-on workshop that includes approximately an hour of instructor-led lecture and an hour of participant-led workshop, including the history and development of pin-tumbler locks, a full breakdown of how a pin-tumbler lock works, introduction and tutorial with the pick tools, and a slew of videos on bump keys, destructive entry methods, decoders, Medeco picking, electronic locks, and more.

    Everyone opens a lock at College of Lockpicking!

    I. Roll Call, Get your Picks!

    II. What is a lock, and why pick one?

    III. History of Locks
    IV. Parts of a Pin-Tumbler Lock
    V. Picking a Pin-Tumbler Lock
        A. Why is it possible so easy?
        B. Requisite Tools
        C. Counting Pins
        D. Torque Tool Use
        E. Pin Lifting
        F. Raking
    VI. Demonstration
    VII. Activity Time!!!
    VIII. College of Lockpicking on the Intertubes
    Wed, October 3rd, 2012

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

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Eric Michaud

Dean of Student Affairs at College of Lockpicking

Eric Michaud is the charismatic co-founder of the HacDC hackerspace in Washington DC, the Princeton LockSport club, the US division of The Open Organization Of Lockpickers (TOOOL.us), and PumpingStation: One, Chicago's hackerspace.  He invented a simple tool and method for opening Mul-T-Lock Classic and Interactive high-security locks in 2005, as well as later developments on the Medeco M3 and Biaxial high-security locks, and subsequently joined the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory.  Eric has spoken at numerous security Conferences around the world, including the prestigious BlackHat and popular DefCon conferences, and continues to advise budding hackerspaces and community projects in getting off the ground. In 2010, Eric joined forces with Jamie Schwettmann (at the time also of UChicago/Argonne), and the two left the Lab to start independent ventures that combined their high-tech and security careers with their mutual love of traveling, teaching, and inspiring an independent way of life.  In 2011, College of Lockpicking was born to fulfill these aspirations. Eric and Jamie have been on the road ever since.

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