MAKE alt.SXSW content badgeCurious about lock picking, but don’t know where to start? The knowledgeable folks at College of Lockpicking will be holding a launch event for their new site and web store today in Austin during SxSW, between 5-7 p.m. at 100 E 8th St. (near Congress). Eric Michaud and Jamie Schwettmann will be on hand to teach you the finer points of picking a pin-tumbler lock with another Locksport Lounge. RSVP to reserve picks, while they last.

College of Lockpicking is a hands-on workshop that includes approximately an hour of instructor-led lecture and an hour of participant-led workshop, including the history and development of pin-tumbler locks, a full breakdown of how a pin-tumbler lock works, introduction and tutorial with the pick tools, and a slew of videos on bump keys, destructive entry methods, decoders, Medeco picking, electronic locks, and more.