Henry Hoke’s Guide to the Misguided

The exhibition Henry Hoke’s Guide to the Misguided was presented by ANAT in association with National Science Week at the National Science Week 2010 Eyre Peninsula Field Days from 10th-12th August 2010.

Hoke's Demagnifying Glass and the Wooden Magnet

Watt, Boulton, Tesla, Stephenson, Whitworth, Edison – all great engineers and inventors whose work has altered our technological history. The time has come to add another name to that stellar gathering: Henry Hoke. Throughout much of the twentieth century, in an isolated workshop on a dusty windswept plain, Henry Hoke laboured mightily to conceive a string of dazzling inventions that, to this day, still defy the imagination. Hoke inventions including Demagnifying Glass, Waterproof Tap, Wooden Magnet, Long Weight, Dehydrated Water Pills and Barbed Wire Watering Can have now almost vanished from the public gaze.

The Institute of Backyard Studies has devoted many years of research into Henry Hoke’s life and works, and with the aid of like-minded colleagues around the country and, indeed, around the world, has recommenced some limited commercial operations of Hoke’s Tool Company.

Some of Hoke’s inventions can be found at http://www.ibys.org

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