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The Chief Tormentor

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Necessary R&D…. aka R&R

The photo below shows Martha and me at the lovely Caneel Bay resort on St. John just after lunch last week. We are about to hit the beach behind us and then go snorkeling, all part of the necessary R&D I MUST do in preparation for more puzzle designing. Hey, where do you think I got the idea for my Treasuretrove design. And this place, St. John, is where I designed it. So, yes, this type of R&D is quite productive and necessary. Plus, it sure beats zero degree weather in Vermont! 2701smcaneel

Clever negative space designs

When we sculpt a design or create a ‘window treatment’ in the face of a puzzle we are basically creating negative space by removing slivers and chunks of wood which we throw away. This is a dangerous gambit because one false move by the crafter and the puzzle is done for. Sculpts and windows work best in plain areas of the image so they clearly show what’s happening. Not only are they beautiful but they are dastardly difficult for the puzzler to deal with. That unexpected negative space messes with the mind…. heh, heh! Below is shown a spectacular ‘window treatment’ in the shape of a bottle we did last month.2701crabernetstingercut

The title of the puzzle is Crabernet… the wine bottle is filled with little crabs. Note the jumbo crab holding the wine glass! Also note the small sculpts in the blue table cloth which are meant to look like water. I love this design!

Wall Art

Wall Art: Check2701fisher out the below wall art. This Stave customer has over 15 Stave puzzles framed and hung in her beautiful California home. The big puzzle on the right is a magnificent limited edition which we created to celebrate the year 2000.
    If you decide to do this just make sure the puzzles are hanging away from direct sunlight.

Necessary R&D…. aka R&R

The photo below shows Martha and me at the lovely Caneel Bay resort on St. John just after lunch last week. We are about to hit the beach behind us and then go snorkeling, all part of the necessary R&D I MUST do in preparation for more puzzle designing. Hey, where do you think I got the idea for my Treasuretrove design. And this place, St. John, is where I designed it. So, yes, this type of R&D is quite productive and necessary. Plus, it sure beats zero degree weather in Vermont! 2701smcaneel

Clever negative space designs

When we sculpt a design or create a ‘window treatment’ in the face of a puzzle we are basically creating negative space by removing slivers and chunks of wood which we throw away. This is a dangerous gambit because one false move by the crafter and the puzzle is done for. Sculpts and windows work best in plain areas of the image so they clearly show what’s happening. Not only are they beautiful but they are dastardly difficult for the puzzler to deal with. That unexpected negative space messes with the mind…. heh, heh! Below is shown a spectacular ‘window treatment’ in the shape of a bottle we did last month.2701crabernetstingercut

The title of the puzzle is Crabernet… the wine bottle is filled with little crabs. Note the jumbo crab holding the wine glass! Also note the small sculpts in the blue table cloth which are meant to look like water. I love this design!

Wall Art

Wall Art: Check2701fisher out the below wall art. This Stave customer has over 15 Stave puzzles framed and hung in her beautiful California home. The big puzzle on the right is a magnificent limited edition which we created to celebrate the year 2000.
    If you decide to do this just make sure the puzzles are hanging away from direct sunlight.