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The Chief Tormentor

The Deliciously Devilish Blog of Puzzling News From Staveland

The Holiday Edge

Each Holiday season we work hard at coming up with new edge treatments that are appropriate to the image. Take a look at the lower left-hand corner and you’ll see what I mean. Click on the image for a close-up. 2610snowy_perch80k_2There’s enough white inside the image to totally confuse the puzzler when they come across the snowflakes… heh, heh, heh. or should I say… ho, ho, ho!

Puzzle Party at The Pitcher Inn

Earlier this year the Pitcher Inn near the Sugarbush ski resort in Warren, Vermont purchased some Stave puzzles to have available for their guests. The puzzles became an immediate hit and the Pitcher Inn asked us to host a puzzle party in late October. The inn is a member of the Relais and Chateau luxury hotel group with 9 rooms and 2 suites, all fabulous.
Pitcher_inn

Both Stave and the Pitcher Inn promoted the Puzzle Party a few weeks ago and we instantly sold out! Right now Paula, our marketing director and party planner, is madly running around getting everything ready for her tomorrow departure. I will be going up Saturday morning bringing with me some of my new designs to test out on the party-goers. Next week I’ll have more on how things went…. stay tuned….

Recent Stave PR

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Recently two(2) articles about Stave have appeared in the media, one in Newsweek and one in the Robb Report. The Newsweek issue is October 16, 2006 and the short article (showing Olivia the Octopus, below…. click on image to see it larger) is on page E28…. ‘E’ is for the Enterprise supplement….. Unfortunately our Norwich Newsweek did not have this ‘E’ section’.20610newsweek7
We are also on page 104 in the November Robb Report…. the whole page with color photo of our Bugatti puzzle.

TRICK Puzzle Designs

Welcome to my blog, Steve’s blog. I am Steve Richardson, Chief Tormentor of Stave Puzzles since 1974. We’re located outside Norwich, Vermont just north of White River Junction on the Connecticut River…. 2 hours from Boston.

I love to drive people crazy with our beautifully, hand-crafted wooden (cherry-backed) jigsaw puzzles. Here’s an example…. in, about, around 1984 (yes, last century) I invented the TRICK jigsaw puzzle, 3032_tnone that goes together many different ways BUT with only one correct configuration.

One of my favorite TRICK puzzle designs is CHAMP (see photo) with 44 pieces…. it has 32 ways to arrange the pieces with only one correct way for the mouth to bite the tail… rather diabolical, I must admit.

Over the years we have sold hundreds of CHAMPs and, I’m proud to say, most buyers have had a TERRIBLE time with their 44 pieces. Many have regaled me with their tales of woe, some even begging for HINTS.. can you imagine?… I love it!

The Holiday Edge

Each Holiday season we work hard at coming up with new edge treatments that are appropriate to the image. Take a look at the lower left-hand corner and you’ll see what I mean. Click on the image for a close-up. 2610snowy_perch80k_2There’s enough white inside the image to totally confuse the puzzler when they come across the snowflakes… heh, heh, heh. or should I say… ho, ho, ho!

Puzzle Party at The Pitcher Inn

Earlier this year the Pitcher Inn near the Sugarbush ski resort in Warren, Vermont purchased some Stave puzzles to have available for their guests. The puzzles became an immediate hit and the Pitcher Inn asked us to host a puzzle party in late October. The inn is a member of the Relais and Chateau luxury hotel group with 9 rooms and 2 suites, all fabulous.
Pitcher_inn

Both Stave and the Pitcher Inn promoted the Puzzle Party a few weeks ago and we instantly sold out! Right now Paula, our marketing director and party planner, is madly running around getting everything ready for her tomorrow departure. I will be going up Saturday morning bringing with me some of my new designs to test out on the party-goers. Next week I’ll have more on how things went…. stay tuned….

Recent Stave PR

20610robbreport7
Recently two(2) articles about Stave have appeared in the media, one in Newsweek and one in the Robb Report. The Newsweek issue is October 16, 2006 and the short article (showing Olivia the Octopus, below…. click on image to see it larger) is on page E28…. ‘E’ is for the Enterprise supplement….. Unfortunately our Norwich Newsweek did not have this ‘E’ section’.20610newsweek7
We are also on page 104 in the November Robb Report…. the whole page with color photo of our Bugatti puzzle.

TRICK Puzzle Designs

Welcome to my blog, Steve’s blog. I am Steve Richardson, Chief Tormentor of Stave Puzzles since 1974. We’re located outside Norwich, Vermont just north of White River Junction on the Connecticut River…. 2 hours from Boston.

I love to drive people crazy with our beautifully, hand-crafted wooden (cherry-backed) jigsaw puzzles. Here’s an example…. in, about, around 1984 (yes, last century) I invented the TRICK jigsaw puzzle, 3032_tnone that goes together many different ways BUT with only one correct configuration.

One of my favorite TRICK puzzle designs is CHAMP (see photo) with 44 pieces…. it has 32 ways to arrange the pieces with only one correct way for the mouth to bite the tail… rather diabolical, I must admit.

Over the years we have sold hundreds of CHAMPs and, I’m proud to say, most buyers have had a TERRIBLE time with their 44 pieces. Many have regaled me with their tales of woe, some even begging for HINTS.. can you imagine?… I love it!