These days its getting more and more difficult to get stocks of fine quality Japanese puzzle boxes. The amazing woodcraft skill displayed by the craftsmen who…
HoKey CoKey lock designed by Ali Morris from Brass Monkey Puzzles
Ali Morris designed the lock for his friend (and co-conspirator at Brass Monkey Puzzles) Steve Nichols to enter as his IPP Exchange puzzle at IPP38 in San Diego. And the exchangers loved it! Or at least they loved playing with it once Steve stopped making them dance the Hokey Pokey in front of lots of other puzzlers and then presented them with their puzzle!
The first thing you might notice is that the lock has two different keys. So why give both keys? If one can open the lock then clearly the other one cannot. It’s also a very nice gesture for Steve and Ali to give you a keyring to keep the keys safe on.
And then why call it HoKey CoKey. Could you really have to dance the Hokey Pokey, or more correctly the HoKey CoKey, to be able to solve the puzzle lock? Is there a clue in the song to solving the puzzle? Well, you’ll really only know the answer to that for sure once you’ve solved it.
It’s very well made and the changes to the mechanism are well disguised.