July meeting rescheduled

Hey, happy Fourth! This is just a quick heads-up to let you know that there will be no meeting this week due to Omnicorp Detroit’s Open Hack holiday closure. We’re looking forward to seeing you Thursday, July 18th instead. Have an explosive Independence Day!

Happy New Year! And a happy winter 2013 meeting

Happy New Year! Detroit Locksport was still in post-holiday hibernation when the January meeting snuck up on us, so we’ll be reconvening in February with a special mission. Come help us celebrate our second anniversary as we dig into impressioning.

What exactly will we be doing? According to LockWiki, “Impressioning is a non-destructive, covert method of creating a working key for a lock without picking or disassembly. Impressioning is one of the most useful skills in locksmithing.” Clearly, this is a skill you should add to your toolkit. We’ll be showing you how to assess the internal workings of a lock and how to make a key from a plain piece of metal, all with your own bare hands. (And the help of some files). As usual, we’ll provide the materials; you just have to come use them.

Join us for this biennial security extravaganza at 8:00 on Thursday, January 7 at Omnicorp Detroit, located at 1501 Division in Eastern Market.

In the meantime, make sure to sign up for our mailing list to get an ear in on all the locksport gossip, including schedule amendments and meeting topic proposals.

Competition Picking

update: date corrected

The topic of our next meeting on thursday the 2nd of august will be competition picking. We’ll focus on speed techniques including raking, sensitivity exercises, and torsion control, as well as running through a few of the more common competition scenarios and games.
As usual, we’ll meet at omnicorpdetroit, 1501 Division in eastern market during open hack night at 8:00pm. Don’t miss it!

Tool Making

The topic of this month’s meeting will be making your own picks. If you have your own stock you want to bring, feel free. Windshield wipers, hacksaw blades, or some other thin, flat piece of your favorite metal will do. We’ve also got plenty to spare so if you don’t have your own, don’t worry!

Remember, we meet this month on thursday the 7th, at 8:00pm at omnicorpdetroit in eastern market. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

April Meeting: Security Pins

Hey everybody, it’s time for another monthly meeting! This month our focus will be on something a bit more advanced: picking security pins.

For those of you who haven’t worked on the spool-pinned progressive locks yet, it’ll be an introduction to how they work. Those who have knocked a couple around should learn faster, more reliable and more effective ways of bypassing them.

As always, the group will meet on the first Thursday of the month (April 5 this time) at OmniCorpDetroit during their Open Hack Night from 8:00 until 10:00pm. This is a free event and everyone is invited to attend, but OCD asks a $5 donation if you can spare it to help keep the space running.

New Pick it! event this Saturday

Come on down on Saturday!

What are we doing? We’re putting on a massive introduction to locksport – everything from beginning picking and other simple bypass techniques up to high-security pin-tumbler design and defeat. Picking, raking, bumping, shimming, combination decoding… We’re going to teach you how to open some locks, and then how to do it fast, because we pick competitively. We’ll also have a few games going to familiarize you with competition picking, and there’s even a few prizes for the fastest amateur pickers!

So why are we doing this? As we pick more locks, pick them faster, teach more classes, and generally get more people picking (especially children http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHfDsJ9Ohok ), we hope to bring greater attention to the embarrassingly ineffective designs the most common locks we depend on in our day-to-day lives make use of. Raising public awareness of security features and design flaws increases people’s ability to make better informed decisions about their own physical security. We hope that you’ll walk away from our classes and events not just excited about breaking into things (any schmuck with a brick can do that) but with some new knowledge about the strengths and weaknesses of the security systems you choose to rely on.

One Year Anniversary

Next month, Detroit Locksport will be celebrating our first birthday! Come out to OCD Thursday, February 2nd to join in as we pick locks, eat thai food, and make last minute plans for the massive upcoming Pick It! class.