Welcome to The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers, UK branch

By being here, you likely already know who TOOOL are, & what we stand for.

We like to pick locks. But always locks we own, or have permission to play with!

More coming soon. Leave a comment!


  1. Steve on January 20, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Hey! Is this an official UK branch of TOOOL? When can we expect more information? I’d be very interested in UK meetings.

    • Nigel Tolley on January 26, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Yes. We are legitimate. However we are also short of time!

  2. Garf on January 23, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I look forward to good things. G.P.D Mc/r

    • Nigel Tolley on January 26, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      So do we.

      Our first presence will likely be, aside from the 3 hackspace meetings we run monthly in Manchester, London & Birmingham, at the next EMF later this year.

      • Mike ford on November 12, 2016 at 8:16 am

        Hi Nigel how do I join tool please bud

  3. Garf on February 4, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Hi there. Could you shoot me the details of the Mc/r meet please. I’m interested in joining toool and would love to come see you guys in action… If you’d let me that is? Also,,,, the details of the EMF too please.

    Thank you so much

  4. Nigel on June 2, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Follow @emfcamp on Twitter for the latest, the website is https://www.emfcamp.org and tickets went on sale today. (Early bird tickets sold out today – 3 June)

    Manchester hackspace is @hackmanchester and lay time I went they were up on the third floor of a little place. Hackman.org.uk is their Internet lair.

    Hope this helps!

    • NotQuiteHere on April 12, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Somewhat belatedly HacMan is @hacmanchester on twitter and the url is hacman.org.uk

      Locksport meetings haven’t happened for a while but they’ve recently moved and there are plans afoot to bring it back at the new space 🙂

  5. Rik on September 4, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Any plans for anything in the South West? I am just picking up the lock sport and I so could do with some mentoring 🙂

    • Nigel Tolley on October 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

      There is a meeting at London HackSpace once a month. 2nd Saturday I think, run by John. Check the LHS google group or their website for details.

  6. Walter Belgers on November 21, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Nigel,

    A belated welcome to the Toool-family, congrats on getting this up and running! I’m sure the UK lockpickers will be in good hands!

    President Toool NL

  7. rick baker on February 26, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Hi there, fairly new to picking. Would love to get involved, how can I help? Rick

  8. paul on February 13, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    hi to all..

    i have signed up to the newsletter and just wondered if there are any fellow lock pickers in the cambridge area ?

    i know your all busy but i eagerly await more news.


  9. midnite on May 1, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Hi anyone around Norfolk intrested in getting a meeting going ?

  10. Delta on July 6, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Hi guys!

    Loving the idea of local LP groups – Anyone around Wiltshire (Chippenham specifically) fancy getting together? It’s a shame that the only 2 UK places are London and Birmingham. That’s a fair way to travel for the likes of me. I assume the same goes for midnite and paul…

  11. Carl Rose on September 18, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Hi All, Anyone in the South Yorkshire area interested in a meet up?I would love to get together with people at all skill levels at lockpicking… I’ve been picking for about six months and have been both excited and frustrated and would love to share and learn about anything lockpicking wise,
    all the best,

    • Adam on November 11, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Hi Carl.

      I live in South Yorkshire. Send me an email on mandsandadam@gmail.com.



  12. Tigoda on March 4, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    evening all, interested in meeting others and learning this fascinating skill, i have invested in a few cheep tools and started playing with a few padlocks and love it,

  13. Lee on January 12, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Hi. Are the Birmingham hacker space meetings still active?
    If so how many people attend on average?
    Many thanks

  14. James on November 27, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Is tool still running?

  15. David on February 9, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Did this not take off??

    • Nigel Tolley on February 9, 2019 at 10:41 pm

      Yes, slowly.
      Come along on the first Wednesday any month, to fizzPOP in Digbeth, Birmingham! From 7pm.

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