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Welcome to our world - Lockpedia:
Exploring the art and craft of the locksmith from antiquity to the cutting edge innovations of today.

What is Lockpedia?
Welcome to our world
Lockpedia recognizes that virtually everybody on the planet today has a key in their pocket. The desire to protect possessions and property can be traced back to those times when man transited from hunter-gatherer to settled communities. Undeniably life was extremely hard for those first communities and the skills and techniques to help make life easier also emerged. It was soon realised that the elements, naturally occurring events was not the only issue to be addressed in those new evolving communities; man realised that there was a fundamental property in his ‘survival instinct’ makeup that meant a lot of effort goes into this one aspect of his makeup. A fundamental human nature trait is to err. The process of trying to modify this trait continues to today! Lockpedia then is the story of locks from ancient times to the cutting edge developments of Today's Scene.
...its about people.
the people
At first glance 'what makes us human' doesn't seem to have much to do with locks. However our very human traits are the catalyst for their invention; its human nature to want to protect our possessions but its also human nature to err. Therefore the humanities in this context is equally important and provides the motivation to satisfying Mans Primitive Instinct with inventions; the back stories, The Lock Trade People and the reason for invention can be equally fascinating as the locks themselves.

Harry Withers Chubb observed, in the late 19th century, that the story of locks and keys is the story of mankind itself. Imagine that the time representing man existing on this planet was 24 hours; then mankind’s’ transition from hunter to farmer was around just 12 minutes ago.

Life was hard for those early communities and gradualy specialist skills and technoliges evolved; the locksmith if not the Oldest Profession must have been high up on the list.
...the companies
The cottage industry approach where the skill in producing a lock was largely achieved by a single locksmith gradually gave way to a number of specialist skills, this in turn suggested that some form of organisation to co-ordinate these separate skills into a finished product also evolved. Industrialisation of the 17th and 18th centuries laid the foundations for more structured businesses, some employing quite large numbers of workers; one only has to look at the catalogues of the 19th century lockmakers who seemed keen to show off the extent of their manufacturing capability. Such was the demand for locks…
...and the locks they made.
...the locks
The internal workings of locks are a mystery to most people even though they are used daily to guard our dearest possessions. Locks are used almost in a ritualistic way; the act of locking-up is whats important to most. The science or the mechanical principles used in locks though also tells us another part of the story; for mans seemingly insatiable desire to protect and the equally intense effort to by pass these principles.

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