More than a world-renown lockpicker, expert teacher, and historian, Schuyler Towne is a "security anthropologist." He prides himself on not just knowing the ins and outs of locks, but the impact locks and security in general have had on our society.
Towne's love for all things locked was apparent when on May 22, 2014, the Obscura Society LA had the honor and joy to participate in a lock picking workshop taught by him. Earlier this year, he was the star of a lock picking party with the New York Obscura Society in the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen. The Los Angeles workshop took place in the beautiful and historic 1914 Carnegie Library, now occupied by the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock.
With instruction and plenty of hands-on experience, we learned a varied assortment of skills, including how to pick North America's most common lock — a pin tumbler. Additionally, we learned how a master key works, and the difference between wafer and disc detainer locks.