Anyone who has read “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” knows I have an aversion to the idea of locks. I don’t like to lock anything.
But even odder is that I love the locking mechanisms themselves.
So when I set out to build the projects for “Campaign Furniture,” I purchased some animal-shaped locks from India to photograph and use as motifs throughout the text. I ordered all my locks from a seller on eBay called Indian Antique Showroom.
The locks are charming, well-made and shipped from India. Mine all came extraordinarily packed in hand-lettered boxes. The seller is very fast and easy to deal with. I cannot say if the locks really are antiques or not, but I don’t really care about that.
What I like about the locks is they are more like puzzles than locks. If you have half a brain you can defeat the lock in a minute or two.
If you are planning on building a campaign trunk this year, check out the locks at Indian Antique Showroom. Dig deep. There are lots of locks there at varying prices. And check back if you don’t find one you like. They refresh their stock on a regular basis.
— Christopher Schwarz