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More jigsaw puzzle edges

Below are two(2) more examples of the wild and crazy things we do to your/our puzzles.  The top puzzle is called "Flap Jack". I love the  left-hand corner and window treatments, total surprises for the unsuspecting puzzler.  Note how the fork-shaped puzzle piece  is resting in the bowl and how the milk jug is placed on white, cleverness for which we are famous.

     The second puzzle shown is "Party Animals".  Here’s where Melody, our ace digital artist, decided to expand the edge digitally with the rainbow of colors. She then suggested to the cutter that a swirly design might work great…. and it certainly did!  2611flap_jack_cut_1
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Valentine’s Day Blizzard

Valentine’s Day blizzard of 2007….  almost 24" of new snow here… we are totally buried, but we are delighted the ski areas have gotten some much needed snow.

Look at that weather vane, gifted to us by a long-time Cape Cod customer who made it with his son-in-law. There’s a light on top to make the column look like a candle. And there’s a wind direction indicator inside, mechanically connected to the weather vane. It’s all quite amazing.

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Pebble Beach Puzzle

Pebble_beach_golf_linWe are about to offer some special deals on our Pebble Beach puzzle in recognition of the golf tournament that is in progress as I type this. Keep in mind that this puzzle art was created totally by Stave Puzzles, and what a project it was.

     Over 6 years ago one of the owners of Pebble Beach, a long-time customer, suggested that I visit PB to see what we could do together. Needless to say I was excited and nervous about going to America’s golf mecca. Yes, I’m a golfer, but just a bogey golfer, and the thought of playing Pebble Beach was intimidating. But Martha and I hopped a plane to San Francisco and drove down to Monterey area where we stayed at Pebble Beach’s best resort (we think) the Inn at Spanish Bay… we were upgraded to the largest suite in the place with piano and everything…. absolutely huge. I brought my clubs, of course, and on Day 1 I played Spyglass Hill…. or it played me. Day 2 I played the famous Pebble Beach, getting 3 pars and 6 bogeys… yes, the water off the 18th has a couple of my golf balls.  Day 3 I played Spanish Bay. Let me tell you, after playing 3 difficult courses in 3 days with 3 strangers each day, all better than me, i was totally beat…. but very happy… what an experience!

     Day 4 we met with Pebble Beach executives and suggested that Stave Puzzles create original art of all 18 holes of the Pebble Beach course since no such art existed. We would produce posters for them to sell in their gift shops and we would produce puzzles to sell to our customers, a win-win situation. They agreed to the idea. Turns out that was the easy part.

     Nowhere in the Pebble Beach archives was an aerial photo showing the entire course, just a variety of photos showing the famous holes an some drawings. So I hired a helicopter and photographer to take numerous photos of all the holes. this was all coordinated with Pebble Beach, of course. We didn’t want to irritate any VIP’s out on the course. I was invited to fly in the helicopter but I declined.

      Shortly after returning to Vermont I turned around and flew back to PB with one of our most popular artists, Bob Pettes, and we walked the course, photos in hand making notes and sketches. Bob went back to Kansas to paint the course over the next couple of months. It was a lot of work for Bob and he did a wonderful job. Upon receiving his artwork I hired a local artist, Susan Berry, to make some changes. Then I hired our  digital artist, Ruth Sytsma, to pull everything together. The end result is spectacular and we are all very pleased with it.

     To turn this new PB artwork into an interesting jigsaw puzzle we asked Melody Eccher, an experienced designer and cutter, to add some magic. She designed the two puzzle ‘windows’ you see above, one with the golfers and one with the PB logo. Plus she designed the theme-shaped pieces that are scattered throughout the puzzle. It’s a fun puzzle to look at and work particularly if you have been to Pebble Beach as have many of the puzzle buyers. Some buyers have us cut into the puzzle the date they were there along with their scores and initials.

 

   

More jigsaw puzzle edges

Below are two(2) more examples of the wild and crazy things we do to your/our puzzles.  The top puzzle is called "Flap Jack". I love the  left-hand corner and window treatments, total surprises for the unsuspecting puzzler.  Note how the fork-shaped puzzle piece  is resting in the bowl and how the milk jug is placed on white, cleverness for which we are famous.

     The second puzzle shown is "Party Animals".  Here’s where Melody, our ace digital artist, decided to expand the edge digitally with the rainbow of colors. She then suggested to the cutter that a swirly design might work great…. and it certainly did!  2611flap_jack_cut_1
2611party_animals

Valentine’s Day Blizzard

Valentine’s Day blizzard of 2007….  almost 24" of new snow here… we are totally buried, but we are delighted the ski areas have gotten some much needed snow.

Look at that weather vane, gifted to us by a long-time Cape Cod customer who made it with his son-in-law. There’s a light on top to make the column look like a candle. And there’s a wind direction indicator inside, mechanically connected to the weather vane. It’s all quite amazing.

2702snow2 2702snow1_2

Pebble Beach Puzzle

Pebble_beach_golf_linWe are about to offer some special deals on our Pebble Beach puzzle in recognition of the golf tournament that is in progress as I type this. Keep in mind that this puzzle art was created totally by Stave Puzzles, and what a project it was.

     Over 6 years ago one of the owners of Pebble Beach, a long-time customer, suggested that I visit PB to see what we could do together. Needless to say I was excited and nervous about going to America’s golf mecca. Yes, I’m a golfer, but just a bogey golfer, and the thought of playing Pebble Beach was intimidating. But Martha and I hopped a plane to San Francisco and drove down to Monterey area where we stayed at Pebble Beach’s best resort (we think) the Inn at Spanish Bay… we were upgraded to the largest suite in the place with piano and everything…. absolutely huge. I brought my clubs, of course, and on Day 1 I played Spyglass Hill…. or it played me. Day 2 I played the famous Pebble Beach, getting 3 pars and 6 bogeys… yes, the water off the 18th has a couple of my golf balls.  Day 3 I played Spanish Bay. Let me tell you, after playing 3 difficult courses in 3 days with 3 strangers each day, all better than me, i was totally beat…. but very happy… what an experience!

     Day 4 we met with Pebble Beach executives and suggested that Stave Puzzles create original art of all 18 holes of the Pebble Beach course since no such art existed. We would produce posters for them to sell in their gift shops and we would produce puzzles to sell to our customers, a win-win situation. They agreed to the idea. Turns out that was the easy part.

     Nowhere in the Pebble Beach archives was an aerial photo showing the entire course, just a variety of photos showing the famous holes an some drawings. So I hired a helicopter and photographer to take numerous photos of all the holes. this was all coordinated with Pebble Beach, of course. We didn’t want to irritate any VIP’s out on the course. I was invited to fly in the helicopter but I declined.

      Shortly after returning to Vermont I turned around and flew back to PB with one of our most popular artists, Bob Pettes, and we walked the course, photos in hand making notes and sketches. Bob went back to Kansas to paint the course over the next couple of months. It was a lot of work for Bob and he did a wonderful job. Upon receiving his artwork I hired a local artist, Susan Berry, to make some changes. Then I hired our  digital artist, Ruth Sytsma, to pull everything together. The end result is spectacular and we are all very pleased with it.

     To turn this new PB artwork into an interesting jigsaw puzzle we asked Melody Eccher, an experienced designer and cutter, to add some magic. She designed the two puzzle ‘windows’ you see above, one with the golfers and one with the PB logo. Plus she designed the theme-shaped pieces that are scattered throughout the puzzle. It’s a fun puzzle to look at and work particularly if you have been to Pebble Beach as have many of the puzzle buyers. Some buyers have us cut into the puzzle the date they were there along with their scores and initials.