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The Chief Tormentor

The Deliciously Devilish Blog of Puzzling News From Staveland

Stave Family photos

Below Lisa and daughter Shyann work on assembling a Time Share puzzle which was returned totally taken apart.  YouuuuWhooooo to all Time Share customers…..  before returning a Time Share puzzle please disassemble it in large chunks. DO NOT take it totally apart.  When we receive the puzzle we reassemble it to make sure all the pieces are there before sending it to the next Time Share customer. In this case the puzzle was totally disassembled, so Lisa and Shyann teamed up to put it back together, getting a taste of our own medicine in the process.

The second photo shows Jennifer Lennox about to open her 20th Anniversary present at the party we gave for her last week. Jennifer is our production boss and oversees our nine cutters  helping them get the puzzles crafted in a timely manner. As you might be able to gather from the photo Jenn is one of our  "Live Wires"…. never a dull moment around her… always lots of fun!LisashyannJenn20_2

Over the Edge

Here’s a sample of a Steve Stinger, a puzzle crafted with unexpected twists and turns.  The customer has to specify they want a Steve Stinger so we know they are willing to put up with some of our diabolical experiments.  The below scene shows an amusement park and we added all that blue water to create the water slides on the right side of the puzzle.  The left edge is filled with double-whammy pieces, much more than we usually do…. after all, the customer asked us to sock-it-to-them….  and we were delighted to do just that…heh, heh!!!Over_the_edge_2Edge3

Up to New Tricks!

Here I am explaining to some of our talented sales team the ins and outs of my new Trick puzzle design, What a Catch. This is a small Trick puzzle with three(3) different challenges and we are about to officially launch it.  My gang suggested the obvious:  "Hey, Steve, how about telling us something about your design so we can sound somewhat intelligent about it in case someone asks." So here I am tormenting them with a tortured explanation of the ins/outs of the puzzle. From left to right there’s Paula, Melody, Susan, me and Elizabeth.

Steve_training

Springtime (puzzle) in Vermont

Look closely at the yellow butterfly-shape below because it is actually cut into smaller pieces. We call this type of shape an enlarged silhouette.  What you see  is the upper right-hand corner of this puzzle with an elaborate irregular edge.  The shaped pieces have been pulled from the interior of this colorful puzzle.2705succgarden

Fan e-Mail

We often receive cards, letters, and emails from fans, especially from newcomers who are so excited to have completed their first Stave. Here’s a recent email from a new Stave puzzler-

Dear Stave Puzzles, Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

My 11 year old son and I have used our “snow days” to do puzzles…We always wondered how much fun it would be to visit a ìpuzzle factoryî. Well guess what?!! Soon after that, I had the TV on while making breakfast on Sunday morning and caught a segment about your company. It was so cool!! My son & I thought immediately about my mom and how much she loves puzzles. This helps her with physical therapy. I ordered a puzzle for her and one for us. They arrived today, and all of us (my Mom, son & I) are so pleased, happy and impressed with your puzzles that we canít wait to order more!! My son is almost finished with the Peaceable Kingdom puzzle. Such a challenge for our first try!!

My mother loves her puzzle (“Schoolís Out”- it’s so different & unique from any of the others she’s ever done) It gives her something to do & look forward to as she heals.

Again, I thank you for helping my Mom to get better, and for a new hobby.

Fondly,
M.l., Mt. Airy, MD

If you have a puzzling experience to share I’d love to hear from you!

Stave Family photos

Below Lisa and daughter Shyann work on assembling a Time Share puzzle which was returned totally taken apart.  YouuuuWhooooo to all Time Share customers…..  before returning a Time Share puzzle please disassemble it in large chunks. DO NOT take it totally apart.  When we receive the puzzle we reassemble it to make sure all the pieces are there before sending it to the next Time Share customer. In this case the puzzle was totally disassembled, so Lisa and Shyann teamed up to put it back together, getting a taste of our own medicine in the process.

The second photo shows Jennifer Lennox about to open her 20th Anniversary present at the party we gave for her last week. Jennifer is our production boss and oversees our nine cutters  helping them get the puzzles crafted in a timely manner. As you might be able to gather from the photo Jenn is one of our  "Live Wires"…. never a dull moment around her… always lots of fun!LisashyannJenn20_2

Over the Edge

Here’s a sample of a Steve Stinger, a puzzle crafted with unexpected twists and turns.  The customer has to specify they want a Steve Stinger so we know they are willing to put up with some of our diabolical experiments.  The below scene shows an amusement park and we added all that blue water to create the water slides on the right side of the puzzle.  The left edge is filled with double-whammy pieces, much more than we usually do…. after all, the customer asked us to sock-it-to-them….  and we were delighted to do just that…heh, heh!!!Over_the_edge_2Edge3

Up to New Tricks!

Here I am explaining to some of our talented sales team the ins and outs of my new Trick puzzle design, What a Catch. This is a small Trick puzzle with three(3) different challenges and we are about to officially launch it.  My gang suggested the obvious:  "Hey, Steve, how about telling us something about your design so we can sound somewhat intelligent about it in case someone asks." So here I am tormenting them with a tortured explanation of the ins/outs of the puzzle. From left to right there’s Paula, Melody, Susan, me and Elizabeth.

Steve_training

Springtime (puzzle) in Vermont

Look closely at the yellow butterfly-shape below because it is actually cut into smaller pieces. We call this type of shape an enlarged silhouette.  What you see  is the upper right-hand corner of this puzzle with an elaborate irregular edge.  The shaped pieces have been pulled from the interior of this colorful puzzle.2705succgarden

Fan e-Mail

We often receive cards, letters, and emails from fans, especially from newcomers who are so excited to have completed their first Stave. Here’s a recent email from a new Stave puzzler-

Dear Stave Puzzles, Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

My 11 year old son and I have used our “snow days” to do puzzles…We always wondered how much fun it would be to visit a ìpuzzle factoryî. Well guess what?!! Soon after that, I had the TV on while making breakfast on Sunday morning and caught a segment about your company. It was so cool!! My son & I thought immediately about my mom and how much she loves puzzles. This helps her with physical therapy. I ordered a puzzle for her and one for us. They arrived today, and all of us (my Mom, son & I) are so pleased, happy and impressed with your puzzles that we canít wait to order more!! My son is almost finished with the Peaceable Kingdom puzzle. Such a challenge for our first try!!

My mother loves her puzzle (“Schoolís Out”- it’s so different & unique from any of the others she’s ever done) It gives her something to do & look forward to as she heals.

Again, I thank you for helping my Mom to get better, and for a new hobby.

Fondly,
M.l., Mt. Airy, MD

If you have a puzzling experience to share I’d love to hear from you!