John Stary
The re-birth of the Story Lock

The Company: "John Stary" proprietor "John Locke"
The 17th century English Philosopher and Physician

John Stary, CML (Certified Master Locksmith)

In 1966 at the age of 20 John Stary took a correspondence course in Locksmithing and what began as a whim, turned into a lifelong career of working with locks.

John worked part time as a locksmith, mostly by word of mouth, until 1972, when he started his own locksmith business.

In 1975 John went to work for the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, as their locksmith, replacing his mentor and friend who was retiring but John still kept his own business as a sideline.

Then in 1981, a friend talked John into taking a position with a hollow metal door company that was in need of a locksmith in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of Minnesota. From then until his retirement in September of 2010, John had been the locksmith at three hollow metal door companies, covering the entire state of Minnesota and west central Wisconsin.

John is currently a resident of Hudson Wisconsin where he is still active as a locksmith, on a limited basis, and continues to pursue the restoration of his antique locks while enjoying his retirement.

Before continuing you will want to visit the Concept, Design, and Manufacture of these locks.

Click to Enlarge Image Janus - Prototype - Gold Matte Finish. 3 15/16" high x 2 15/16" wide x 15/16" deep x 1 1/4" deep with relief. Weight: 1 1/2 lbs. Bronze case. Bronze shackle. Copper rivets. Yale 5 pin tumbler cylinder. Gold Matte Finish. There is no serial number stamped on the inside of the case by the shackle opening. "JOHN LOCKE LTD. HUDSON, WI U.S.A. 1988" is cast on the reverse of the case at 6 o'clock. Designed by: John Stary, Hudson Wisconsin. Mfg by: John Locke Ltd. More...
Only 1 lock was made of this variety.
"The Mike Pitman Collection"
4909
Click to Enlarge Image Janus - "009" - Gold Matte Finish. 3 15/16" high x 2 15/16" wide x 15/16" deep x 1 1/4" deep with relief. Weight: 1 1/2 lbs. Bronze case. Bronze shackle. Copper rivets. Yale 5 pin tumbler cylinder. Gold Matte Finish. "009" is stamped on the inside of the case by the shackle opening. "JOHN LOCKE LTD. HUDSON, WI U.S.A. 1988" is cast on the reverse of the case at 6 o'clock. Designed by: John Stary, Hudson Wisconsin. Mfg by: John Locke Ltd. More...
Only 19 locks were produced of this variety numbered 001 thru 019.
"The John Stary Collection"
4916
Click to Enlarge Image Janus - "018" - Duranodic Bronze Finish. 3 15/16" high x 2 15/16" wide x 15/16" deep x 1 1/4" deep with relief. Weight: 1 1/2 lbs. Bronze case. Bronze shackle. Copper rivets. Yale 5 pin tumbler cylinder. Duranodic Bronze Finish. "018" is stamped on the inside of the case by the shackle opening. "JOHN LOCKE LTD. HUDSON, WI U.S.A. 1988" is cast on the reverse of the case at 6 o'clock. Designed by: John Stary, Hudson Wisconsin. Mfg by: John Locke Ltd. More...
Only 19 locks were produced of this variety numbered 001 thru 019.
"The David Heuermann Collection"
558
Click to Enlarge Image Medusa - "001" - Gold Matte Finish. 4" high x 2 15/16" wide x 15/16" deep x 1 3/16" deep with relief. Weight: 1 1/2 lbs. Bronze case. Bronze shackle. Copper rivets. Yale 5 pin tumbler cylinder. Gold Matte Finish. "001" is stamped on the inside of the case by the shackle opening. "JOHN LOCKE LTD. HUDSON. WI. U.S.A. 1989" is cast on the reverse of the case at 6 o'clock. Designed by: John Stary, Hudson Wisconsin. Mfg by: John Locke Ltd. More...
Only 26 locks were produced of this variety numbered 001 thru 026.
"The John Stary Collection"
4917
Click to Enlarge Image Medusa - "013" - Duranodic Bronze Finish. 4" high x 2 15/16" wide x 15/16" deep x 1 3/16" deep with relief. Weight: 1 1/2 lbs. Bronze case. Bronze shackle. Copper rivets. Yale 5 pin tumbler cylinder. Duranodic Bronze Finish. "013" is stamped on the inside of the case by the shackle opening. "JOHN LOCKE LTD. HUDSON. WI. U.S.A. 1989" is cast on the reverse of the case at 6 o'clock. Designed by: John Stary, Hudson Wisconsin. Mfg by: John Locke Ltd. More...
Only 26 locks were produced of this variety numbered 001 thru 026.
"The David Heuermann Collection"
818