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! 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.
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.