Meet a locksmith who loves collecting locks

Posted at 7:38 PM, May 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 10:50:49-04

Ron Chase has quite a collection of locks. He said, "I have a lot of locks and that grows everyday."

But Chase is just being modest - he actually has loads and loads of locks. "There may be 1,200 pieces in the cabinets. I may have over 60,000 locks," according to the man who has been collecting theses since he was a kid.

It's no surprise that after 40 years, Chase has created a world class collection. It's also no surprise that the "kid collector" grew up to be a locksmith.

Chase and his wife Lorelei own Buffalo Key and Lock in North Tonawanda. People who stop by their store to have keys made are instantly surrounded by Chase's incredible collection that fills several showcases in their shop.

While there may be thousand of pieces here, Chase can tell you something about each one. He's writing a book about his collection. "Locks and keys had a great purpose in our history."

You can find out more information at Ron & Lorelei's website