Locksmithing: A Time Honored Trade
In this, the digital age, where many are finding their hand craft threaten by the computerization of Earth, our need for the locksmith is ever prevalent. It seems that even though our car keys have changed, we’re less prone to switch to digital keys for our homes. I see the reluctance as a good thing. I’m an architectural purest. I don’t believe I’m the only one. I believe that hardware should be correct in a period sense of the word. For that reason, I believe the residential locksmith will always be called upon to make corrections to hardware whenever a home changes hands or becomes due for a face lift or much needed restoration.
For the reasons I believe that qualified residential locksmiths will always enjoy demand for their trade, I share the same sentiment for automotive locksmiths. With a strong market for vintage cars and auto enthusiasts everywhere watching restoration reality shows, demand for talented automotive locksmiths can only grow. These are reassuring times for those that are good with their hands and depend on others’ appreciation for their craft. Some crafters can’t enjoy such job security. Demand or even understanding of some artisans’ skill sets are fading, while others are experiencing a renaissance. This is certainly true for good automotive locksmiths.
Computers only do what people tell them to do. We have yet to arrive at an age where it’s cost effective to employ a machine to assess what’s needed to rekey someone’s residence, or even their vintage car. I do believe, however, that in order for a locksmith to remain competitive in business, he should be at least somewhat mobile. Even locksmiths have been affected by the digital age in this respect. People are so used to immediate gratification, even when it comes to getting into their restored Aston Martin when they’ve locked their keys in the car. A competitive, automotive locksmith, operating in any major city, would likely have the ability to show up promptly to a parking lot on demand.
It’s also important today to be among the top posters in any Google search. Not even being on the first page in a computer search can mean certain death to a business. All too often, the brick and mortar boys are threatened by lack of an internet presence and there are still those out there, to whom this is completely foreign. It’s a shame, too, since it is in no way indicative of talent or trade skill. It’s only indicative of being from the old school. It’s no longer as important to simply be listed in the yellow pages. It would seem today that if your little shop is not on Google Earth, it’s not on Earth. Luckily, some of us are determined to keep these guys going as long as they draw breath. Word of mouth, also, is as effective as ever. So should you happen to know of a skilled craftsman, who attends the old school, don’t hesitate to drop by and say hello, shake a hand, grab some cards and even offer your patronage. We need all the help we can get in the still tangible world.
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