A Honolulu customer recently was asked to show some of her Stave puzzles in their high-rise lobby display creating quite a few questions from other residents. Show below are 3 of the photos she just sent.
Good Things Come in Small Packages
Earlier in the week I was lucky enough to be able to visit with guests who stopped in for a tour of the shop. We don’t have many opportunities to see our puzzlers so it’s fun to see them when they stop in. Mr. & Mrs. I. from Bethesda, MD., have been Stave puzzlers for nine years and often wondered what our shop is like. Boy, were they surprised! This is it? This is where it all happens?! Folks are always surprised that all that magic happens right here in our little workshop!
When you see this sign, you’ll know you’ve made it to the right place!
Come On In!
It occurred to me others may have the same misconception. What better time to give you a peek into our world? We’re going to give you your very own tour of Stave Puzzles. When you’re sitting down working your next puzzle you’ll know right where it came from and how it came to be. But remember, this in NO WAY excuses you from making a pilgrimage to Stave. Make your travel plans today! And when you do come by, ask for Tammy. She gives the best tour in town!
Yíall come back now, ya hear! Jennifer
Originally made for our customers who recently joined us down at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennesee for a puzzle party, we have edited this video down to show you an exclusive peek inside Staveland. Meet all our elves who will show everything from how we cut and sand our puzzles to boxing them and shipping them out the door. There is even a cameo appearance by the Chief Tormentor himself!
In case you missed it, we decided to dig back into our corporate vault and dust off the copy of the CBS Sunday Morning piece that was done about us a while back. To be honest, we think it’s terrific. It shows a great behind-the-scenes look at all the devious tricks we have up our sleeves as well as an exclusive peek inside Staveland. So pop some popcorn,sit back and enjoy!
Meet Megan McGuire, our newest apprentice. She's been with us since February and, WOW, she has been making great progress. If fact, she has come along so well I decided to give her a 1200 piece "apprentice puzzle" to cut for a San Francisco customer who orders one each year. This was a week long process. Seen below are the two halves, beautifully cut, that she was about to put together before her puzzle went off to sanding, finishing and take-apart. Congratulations Megan!!
“Stave Puzzles are so unique that they deserve to be included in Wikipedia and who better than this group of StavePuzzleNuts (with a little help from Stave) to create an encyclopedic article on Stave Puzzles.”
An enthusiastic PuzzleNut, Ed, headed up the project to create an entry on Stave Puzzles in the popular on-line Wikipedia encyclopedia. Other PuzzleNuts joined in and wrote pieces of the article, added facts on the company and shared snippets of their personal puzzles.
A billion years ago (1974), Dave Tibbetts and I started Stave Puzzles. We mushed Stave and Dave together to make Stave and because one of the definitions of 'stave' is to "break to pieces" we thought it was a natural to use 'stave as our puzzle company name, Stave Puzzles. After a couple of years Dave got bored and said he'd rather be fishing and painting, so I bought him out for a dollar and a saw. He continued to design our catalogs for many years. Over the years we have maintained our friendship and last year we started offering some of Dave's fly fishing scenes as puzzles. Last week Dave had a showing of his wonderful artwork at a local gallery. There we are below holding the two watercolors I purchased.
Saw #10 !!!! I never thought it would happen. I never thought we had room for a 10th saw. But my talented gang solved the puzzle… with a giant shoe horn, I think. Shown in photo from left to right: Jennifer, apprentice Megan, Elizabeth, Barb with Melody kneeling. What you are looking at is the ribbon cutting ceremony for Megan’s new saw. Since 1988, when we moved into our new building, we have had nine(9) saws…. that’s 20 years… so I guess it’s not surprising that we needed more flexibility, mostly because most of the cutters are on flex-time. So CONGRATULATIONS to my gang on figuring it out!