Monday, May 18, 2009


Keyholes are a part of life as with the keys that are inserted into them.
Tim Holtz states on his keyhole embellishments:

keyholes ('ke-holz) tiny openings in which keys are inserted to gain access to a desirable place or state of mind.

How many times have we picked a lock? Countless. Each lock has a personality all it's own so you have to really get to KNOW the lock in which you are to gain access. A stubborn lock will attempt to keep us out, but most will open up within a few minutes. For 20 years, locksmithing was a full time job: 24/7. Van mostly locksmiths now with me as a helper on the weekends.

As an artist, I am fascinated by locks & keys found at flea markets, estate sales, etc. The old skeleton keys are the hardest to find for a decent price. While obtaining my degree in Graphic Design, 90% of my artwork reflected locks & keys. A 5' x 3' canvas piece hands in our spare bedroom. It's covered with safe diagrams and keys of all sizes (large jailer keys included). It's still a work in progress as it does not completely please me yet.
Pick on!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Day in the Life of a Locksmith

There is no day that is within the norm when it comes to locksmithing. Sure at times the cars are easy to know, those 2 second pops & you're in. What the customer doesn't see is the education that a Locksmith is required to have in order to maintain those skills. How about those car lock outs that require blood, sweat & tears? Only the customer who owns the vehicle sees this as a trickier business to be in. A simple question we ask when being called on a car lock out: Has anyone tried to open the car? 9 out of 10 times the answer comes back across the phone lines......... oh no, no one has touched MY car!

Well, upon arriving on the site where the car is locked up, we ALWAYS do a visual survey. It's amazing how well those tell-tell marks appear on ALL windows; a sure fire way of verifying that someone has tried desperately that someone HAD tried before calling a locksmith. By this time, what damage can be done has been done. It's times like this you hate telling that customer that someone has indeed tried to enter the car upon our arrival and that we are NOT responsible for any damage that has occurred.

I have learned very well how to read a door key when hanging in the ignition. Other than picking, that was my calling. How many times have I jumped up on the back of a pickup to get a better shot at a key? THOUSANDS!! By reading a key, cutting one by the cuts, and opening the door via a key, NO DAMAGE to the vehicle can come back to haunt you. PLUS, the customer has yet another key to lock in their car! Most car lock-outs has more than one door key on a had 4 and still had to call us! And then again, we had habitual car locker outers.

Enough for now!