Steve Richardson bags the Garden State Parkway (MBA, Fortune 500 companies) and moves to Vermont.
Starts game design business with designer Dave Tibbetts.
Is offered $300 to make a wooden jigsaw puzzle. Steve accepts the job, buys a saw to figure out how to do it. Stave Puzzles is born.
Steve and Dave combined their names to form“Stave” (which also means to break to pieces).
Steve buys Dave out for $1 and a jigsaw. Builds small shop behind his garage and hires an employee.
Stave becomes first puzzle maker to commission original art for puzzles. Winter Fantasy, Limited Edition.
Whammy Edge and Sculpts introduced. Steve becomes "Chief Tormentor".
ABC News, Hughes Rudd, does feature on Stave. First national media story.
First 2-Way Trick Puzzle introduced. Go Fish, Limited Edition. Sold Out.
Stave builds addition on shop.
Stave trains more puzzlecrafters,
Shop consists of 4 saws.
Full-page feature in New York Times Magazine.
Steve remortgages his soul, moves Stave Puzzles out of his yard, builds a new workshop to operate year 'round. 8 saws.
Invited to show puzzles at the White House.
April Fools puzzle with no solution is created. Enrages puzzlers. All money refunded. 5 Easy Pieces
Champ is introduced, Steve's first small (44 pieces) Trick design. Big media break: 8-page feature story in Smithsonian.
Stave in Guinness Book of World Records for most expensive jigsaw puzzle, $15,000. Dollhouse Village, Limited Edition.
Stave hosts World Championship of Trick Jigsaw Puzzles. Despite valiant efforts, the $10,000 prize goes unclaimed. Puzzle has riddles hidden throughout.
Limited Edition Mystery Story Puzzles are introduced. Whodunit is woven into the story, image and silhouettes in the puzzle.
Steve invents Monkey Fist trick. Limited Edition Riddle Puzzles are introduced.
Crazy Claws invented by Steve.
Trunk Shows begin. Stave road show travels to Virginia and Vermont.
25th Anniversary puzzleNut Party features World’s First Xtreme Puzzling Event. Throngs of addicted puzzlers attend.
Steve invents his first 3D Trick Puzzle, "Loop-de-Loop"