Understanding Antique Furniture Locks & Keys with Patrick Edwards October 20, 2019 (Sun)


Key Points:
*Dating locks and keys
*Picking a lock
*Making a key
*Where to purchase locks/keys

Workshop Available

Pay a deposit of $60.00 per item


Over the past decades, fewer and fewer locksmiths are willing to work on antique furniture locks. This leaves it up to the antique collector to struggle with finding the proper keys and making the old locks work properly. Many pieces of furniture made in the past had no pulls at all and, if you lost the key there was no easy way to open or close the drawer or door. In too many cases the home owner ended up reaching for the kitchen knife or handy screwdriver to gain access. Much worse than this was when the drawer or door was locked and the key is lost. Real damage can be done by improper methods used to unlock the cabinet. Patrick has been a furniture conservator for over 50 years with lots of experience opening locked cabinets, repairing locks and making keys fit existing locks. In this class he will show furniture locks and keys from three centuries of antiques. Clear instruction will be provided on identifying locks from different countries and periods, including face mounted, half mortise and full mortise configurations. Modern locks will be included, as well as current sources of high quality locks and keys. There will be demonstrations on how to pick a lock, repair a lock and make a key for an existing lock.

There is an annual, nonrefundable registration fee of $45.

This registration fee is not a part of the class fee and is not deducted from the final balance due. This is the financial binding that locks you into the class and starts the registration process. This fee does not apply to students who only take one single day workshop.