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High school machine shop classes will provide you with a degree of experience in using a variety of hand tools, some of which may be used in the trade. If you are interested in learning specifically about types of locks and how to work with them, read The Complete Book of Locks and Locksmithing (New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2016) by Bill Phillips or other books about the trade that may be available at local libraries or bookstores.

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