Event held on September 17

Locksmithing Workshop

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Event runs from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Daily, until 18/09/2022


Learn to make a padlock and cut keys using traditional techniques with locksmith Aaron Smith at Ballarat's Centre for Rare Arts & Forgotten Trades. This is a workshop experience like no other. Participants will make their own brass padlock and cut their own key using original techniques and hand tools that have not changed since the early 1800s. Using parts made by Australia’s oldest operating lock manufacturer, Jacksons of Launceston, participants will mark out, hand drill and file a working lock. Once the components are ready, the next step is to hand-cut a key to suit. This step uses skills that are slowly becoming lost in the Locksmithing trade with the ever-increasing use of technology.