Lock Love

For the month of August, a series of guest posters will be fill­ing in on DWL with daily posts. This week’s posts come to you from the tal­ented folks of Studio 254: designer and illus­tra­tor Will Bryant, illus­tra­tor and edu­ca­tor Kate Bingaman-Burt,  designer Clifton Burt, designer Tina Snow Le and artist, designer and edu­ca­tor Jason Sturgill. Enjoy!

Railroad Lock
Railroad Lock

One of my favorite things here in Portland that a lot of people don’t know about is the unmarked windowless building that is Kidd’s Toy Museum. It houses the private toy collection of Mr. Frank Kidd which is made up of mainly toys from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Another thing in his collection is a bunch of beautiful railroad locks which I hadn’t seen before…so I went hunting for more.


another oneyes please

It turns out there’s a whole lock scene that I wasn’t aware of before this.

Slanted and Enchanted
Slanted and Enchanted


on a wing and a prayer
on a wing and a prayer
when 5 Levers won't do
when 5 Levers won’t do

I now have a thing for locks, thanks Internet.



  1. You got to love those champion six levers!!

    Speaking of locks, I’m not sure if its a new craze or not, but people sure seem to be leaving a lot of padlocks with initials on, locked to random objects. We have a bridge here in Melbourne that seems to be getting more and more added by the day. People even stop and take photos of all these said locks.

    Anyway, back to design related stuff :-)

  2. I’ll always regret not buying a heart-shaped lock that had an arrow-shaped key with it. Saw it at an antique place, and thought the man wanted to much. After a week or two, I went back to purchase it and it was gone!

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