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The Chief Tormentor

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Chief Tormentor in Mexico

So here I am in Mexico, south of Cancun, for 3 weeks. Top photo is me with grandson Simon, going on 4, in villa pool. Next photo is Simon with his father, Michael, our son, and Stave's webmaster…. they live in Boise.  Final photo is Martha with Simon's mom, Harriett, in Tulum, ancient Mayan city on coast. Mexico is definitely an acquired taste but we had a nice time…. sure beat freezing our buns off in Norwich.
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Twin Farms Puzzle Party Lots of FUN

Last weekend the Twin Farms Puzzle Party (Barnard, Vermont) participants came from all points on the compass: California, Louisiana, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Texas… and what a blast we all had. In particular, I was interested in seeing how Kim did with my new TroubleMaker design, London Larceny. Kim (in red) is a sharpie and she solved 2 of the 4 rooms too quickly for my satisfaction…. so the day after the party I 'improved' those 2 rooms (aka made them more difficult)… heh, heh.

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Twin Farms Puzzle Party this Weekend

Our Stave/Twin Farms Puzzle Party is fast approaching and Paula and I are hustling around getting ready for 2 full days of fun puzzling, Friday and Saturday. I have seven(7) new designs I want tested and I can't wait to stand over the shoulders of these puzzlers as they take on my new challenges. I find it very helpful to watch how each puzzler tackles a design. It often gives me new ideas on how to block or slow down their progress in future designs… heh, heh.
     I think many of you know that Twin Farms is one of the world's finest small luxury hotels with 10 rooms and 10 cottages ($1,000 – $3,000/night) located only 45 minutes away in Barnard, Vermont. Every room/cottage has Stave puzzles resulting in many new customers for us each year.
     Below are more amazing edges/corners:
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Interactive Map: Where to Find a Stave Puzzle Near You


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Next time you are going on vacation, consider booking a trip to one of these amazing small inns located on the map above. Why? Because they all have Stave Puzzles! That’s right. For years we have been traveling extensively seeking out only the finest inns in America and Canada to showcase our puzzles. You can pan, zoom and select the icons of the inns directly on this map or enlarge the map for a better view. Our criteria for selecting these inns is that they must be the highest quality known to man. Also, they must be approved by such reliable sources as Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report or be a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux hotel chain. In short, we want our beautiful puzzles to be in beautiful places. Above all, we want to make sure they are in a quiet, relaxed environment where people can really enjoy them. That’s why we stay away from large resorts and other busy places. We love this list of inns so much, that we even host annual puzzle parties at both Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont – which has been voted as “The Best Small Hotel in The U.S.” by Zagat and is a Mobil Five Star Award Winner 14 years in a row – and Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee. Blackberry Farm is located on 4,200 in the Smoky Mountains and has a wine cellar with over 100,000 bottles! Just the cure for one of our trick puzzles. If you would like to join us at one of our upcoming puzzle parties, please let us know. We’d love to have you join in on the fun.

Audio Slideshow: The First of Many New Exciting Multimedia Projects Here at Stave

Everyone here in the workshop is very excited about posting our first audio slideshow – similar to those you may have seen on The New York Times website. It will tell you about our company’s history, how we make our puzzles as well as a few fun facts.
With all the troubles in the world and the economy, we realize this is the time to really pull out all the stops in our puzzle designs and customer service, and we believe making this blog exciting, informative and fun is essential. We hope you like it, and stay tuned for more audio slideshows – including one on our upcoming Twin Farms puzzle party – as well as videos and a whole bunch more.

Video: Meet The Gang and See How we Make Our Puzzles.

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! 

Chief Tormentor in Mexico

So here I am in Mexico, south of Cancun, for 3 weeks. Top photo is me with grandson Simon, going on 4, in villa pool. Next photo is Simon with his father, Michael, our son, and Stave's webmaster…. they live in Boise.  Final photo is Martha with Simon's mom, Harriett, in Tulum, ancient Mayan city on coast. Mexico is definitely an acquired taste but we had a nice time…. sure beat freezing our buns off in Norwich.
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Twin Farms Puzzle Party Lots of FUN

Last weekend the Twin Farms Puzzle Party (Barnard, Vermont) participants came from all points on the compass: California, Louisiana, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Texas… and what a blast we all had. In particular, I was interested in seeing how Kim did with my new TroubleMaker design, London Larceny. Kim (in red) is a sharpie and she solved 2 of the 4 rooms too quickly for my satisfaction…. so the day after the party I 'improved' those 2 rooms (aka made them more difficult)… heh, heh.

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Twin Farms Puzzle Party this Weekend

Our Stave/Twin Farms Puzzle Party is fast approaching and Paula and I are hustling around getting ready for 2 full days of fun puzzling, Friday and Saturday. I have seven(7) new designs I want tested and I can't wait to stand over the shoulders of these puzzlers as they take on my new challenges. I find it very helpful to watch how each puzzler tackles a design. It often gives me new ideas on how to block or slow down their progress in future designs… heh, heh.
     I think many of you know that Twin Farms is one of the world's finest small luxury hotels with 10 rooms and 10 cottages ($1,000 – $3,000/night) located only 45 minutes away in Barnard, Vermont. Every room/cottage has Stave puzzles resulting in many new customers for us each year.
     Below are more amazing edges/corners:
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Interactive Map: Where to Find a Stave Puzzle Near You


View Larger Map


Next time you are going on vacation, consider booking a trip to one of these amazing small inns located on the map above. Why? Because they all have Stave Puzzles! That’s right. For years we have been traveling extensively seeking out only the finest inns in America and Canada to showcase our puzzles. You can pan, zoom and select the icons of the inns directly on this map or enlarge the map for a better view. Our criteria for selecting these inns is that they must be the highest quality known to man. Also, they must be approved by such reliable sources as Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report or be a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux hotel chain. In short, we want our beautiful puzzles to be in beautiful places. Above all, we want to make sure they are in a quiet, relaxed environment where people can really enjoy them. That’s why we stay away from large resorts and other busy places. We love this list of inns so much, that we even host annual puzzle parties at both Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont – which has been voted as “The Best Small Hotel in The U.S.” by Zagat and is a Mobil Five Star Award Winner 14 years in a row – and Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee. Blackberry Farm is located on 4,200 in the Smoky Mountains and has a wine cellar with over 100,000 bottles! Just the cure for one of our trick puzzles. If you would like to join us at one of our upcoming puzzle parties, please let us know. We’d love to have you join in on the fun.

Audio Slideshow: The First of Many New Exciting Multimedia Projects Here at Stave

Everyone here in the workshop is very excited about posting our first audio slideshow – similar to those you may have seen on The New York Times website. It will tell you about our company’s history, how we make our puzzles as well as a few fun facts.
With all the troubles in the world and the economy, we realize this is the time to really pull out all the stops in our puzzle designs and customer service, and we believe making this blog exciting, informative and fun is essential. We hope you like it, and stay tuned for more audio slideshows – including one on our upcoming Twin Farms puzzle party – as well as videos and a whole bunch more.

Video: Meet The Gang and See How we Make Our Puzzles.

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!