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The Chief Tormentor

The Deliciously Devilish Blog of Puzzling News From Staveland

Sweet Treats from a SWEET Customer

Last week we got a whole bunch of chocolates from Kelly who said:† “We just wanted to thank you all for all the fun we have had with all of the puzzles this year and for the exceptional customer service.”† Now that’s SWEET! † Thanks, Kelly!

PS: From left to right: Jenn, Tammy, Chief Tormentor, Bree.

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Giving Thanks Everyday – The List is Long

RudySo very Lucky – Of course, I have days when I’m feeling like nothing in the world is going right. It can be something as simple as the dog leaving a toy on the floor for me to step on or a bad hair day. Maybe it’s something more serious like, “Mom, I failed my Sustainability exam but don’t worry, everyone in class did!” Large or small, whatever our troubles, we need to remember we still have so much to be thankful for. I should appreciate I found such a wonderful dog. Rudy has been relatively trouble free since we adopted him 4 years ago and he’s a very good boy. Some people never get the opportunity to go to college and there’s my daughter, Madison, living it up at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. What an incredible time of life for her! I know she’s working really hard and will be fine so I just need to let go a little and trust. And remember how lucky we are.

Half-full - It’s not always easy seeing your glass as half-full instead of half-empty. It takes a conscious effort but it’s worth it. You’ve all heard the factoid that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile, so why overwork yourself? Keep that smile on your face, even when you don’t feel like it!

Gobble-til We Thank You - Here at Stave we know we have much to be thankful for. We love to come to work every day whether we’re designing your beautiful mailings, answering your calls or crafting a puzzle for you. That’s why we keep coming back, better and better, year after year.

Cheers to you!
Jennifer

Holiday Happiness

I’m amazed at the variety of puzzles I see offered in the Stave mailings. It always seems fresh and new, every time. Have you ever wondered how that happens? It’s Susan. All Susan!

Susan came to us in November of 1993. She started out doing a little bit of everything. (Do you know how hard it is to find someone like that these days?!) We quickly saw her potential and moved her into our graphics area. She’s had to grow with the times, keeping us up to date with our artists’ contracts and licensing.

Each week she gets to comb through the never ending supply of puzzle images choosing just the right variety for the mailings. Sometimes there’s a theme, like a holiday, and sometimes it’s the season that will help to determine what you will see. And sometimes, it’s just what Susan likes!

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Susan lives in New Hampshire†with†her†Golden†Retriever,†Bacall,†her†horse,†Hap, and his little buddy, Charger, a mini. Quite a group, don’t you think?!

Here’s what Susan has to say about Traditional puzzling:

“Traditional Stave puzzles are my favorite. The personality every puzzle evolves into is quite magical. If I were ordering a Traditional or Custom puzzle, I would definitely ask for difficulty. I’d want the crafter to pull out all the stops! And I know I’ll get a spectacular edge treatment, too!”

Tell Susan what you’d like to see in your next mailing. Email her at Susan@stave.com

Susan-pets

Stave Puzzle Party Weekend at The Point

Steve here! We're busy organizing a few Puzzle Parties for the coming year. Here's information for the first one planned for January 2010.

External-Raindeer-Hall

An exclusive group of Stave enthusiasts will share hours of fireside puzzling in rustic elegance. Join us!

At The Point, you'll feel like you've stepped into another era because essentially you have. Built at the turn of the twentieth century of massive native timbers and stone as the Great Camp of William Avery Rockefeller, The Point is both grand and fanciful. Each room retains its original character with twiggy Adirondack furniture, birch bark details, cozy woolens and furs, waxed wood walls, old books and unique features particular to its original purpose at the Great Camp. Fires are kept blazing for you and a bottle of wine always awaits, so you may never want to leave your room! But you will. With its comfortable house party atmosphere, The Point is the perfect place for fellow Stave puzzlers to meet and share a weekend together.

Click here for more details and a list of scheduled events.

Welcome Back!

He’s Baaaack! Finally, and he has us hopping!

After a month away, our Fearless Leaders have returned safely. Dragging a bit from the jet-lag, they appeared in out midst late Monday morning. Though we like our little ‘breaks’ from the bosses, we were happy to see them. The shop tends to feel a little empty when they’re not around.

What now?
In all honesty, life doesn’t change too much when Martha and Steve are gone so theSteve transition to having them back is pretty smooth. We definitely have more meetings when Steve’s around, but the best thing is he goes back to picking up the mail. Yes, your Chief Tormentor take the post office duty. Can you believe it? What a guy! Our Friday feasts are back to normal, too. Martha does such a good job taking care of us.

Workin’ It
Whenever Steve and Martha go away, Steve always comes home energized and full of ideas. He has new puzzle designs brewing in his brain and he’s ready to cook up some excitement for you. In one of the first meetings Paula and I had with him last week, he was fired up with all the new stuff he’s been dreaming up. I believe his exact words were “We’re going to Bury Them in Fun!” I’m sure you figured out you are the them he’s referring to, so Watch Out! The coming months will be loaded with new and challenging endeavors for you to experience!

Fitting it together, Jennifer

Copier Paula and I take care of the really important stuffó Like rescuing mailing pages from behind the copier! It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it.

Happy Anniversary!

In normal Stave fashion, we’re celebrating Elizabeth’s 20th Stave Anniversary., which was September 18th. We love to take the opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments but we rarely seem to do it on time. Remember when we celebrated our 30th Anniversary during our 31st year?!

Elizabeth

Elizabeth was hired as holiday help in 1989. We needed assistance in Take-apart and Shipping and she was so good we kept her. Elizabeth eventually moved into puzzle cutting and there she has stayed. She came to us as a duck decoy carver and those skills have lent themselves nicely to puzzle cutting. Over the past 20 years she has become a Master Crafter, cutting all of the most challenging puzzles for you. She especially loves to tackle Steve’s toughest Trick puzzles like†Olivia and†Fred and Ginger.

Should you ever have the pleasure of speaking with Elizabeth you will find a quiet, well spoken woman. In addition to her carving and cutting skills she is a talented musician and has a fondness for wildlife. No, not A wild life. You know, critters and stuff! I’m the one who likes the Wild Life!!

Trick puzzles


Home Safely

Hey Everybody, Jennifer here! I made it back safe and sound from my week in Mexico and I’m feeling rested and ready for the craziness of our holiday season. I spent tons of time by the pool enjoying the sun and working on my tan. Martha keeps telling me I need to be careful with the tanning but I just love soaking up the rays. It warms me to my bones. I spent the week with my friend, Karen, reminiscing about the old days. We’ve known each other since the 7th grade so there’s lot’s of ‘old days’ to remember! I cut a puzzle for Karen and her family and they loved it. Her daughter, Katie, spent hours working it with her friend, Hector. The first night Kati finished the puzzle after Hector had left and when he came back the next day and saw it completed he was so disappointed he took it apart and they put it together again! I would say it was the perfect gift for my Hosts. I’m thinking they might just invite me back next year in hopes I’ll bring them another puzzle :)† Here’s a picture of Kati and Hector working the puzzle and another of me by the pool.

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Gobble-Gobble Game As Simple As 1, 2, 3

About 10 days ago I asked son Michael to set up the Gobble-Gobble game on stave.com so that when a player reached so many points a window would pop-up displaying a coupon code good for 24 hours. Plus create a higher level for a total of 3 levels. Last weekend we had nearly 100 players on Saturday playing the game. I was pleased. And we got lots of orders.

To make it simple for everyone, this week the 3 levels will be at 100, 200 and 300… simple as 1 ,2, 3. At 100 level is a deal code. At 200 you get an entry into a drawing. At 300 you get a better deal code.

By the way, I am blown away by some true-blue StavePuzzleNuts who really rack up the points. Below is today’s high score for David at 11,103. I mean, that represents a lot of play time… WOW!

 

Gobble1

Gobble2

 

xx

Sweet Treats from a SWEET Customer

Last week we got a whole bunch of chocolates from Kelly who said:† “We just wanted to thank you all for all the fun we have had with all of the puzzles this year and for the exceptional customer service.”† Now that’s SWEET! † Thanks, Kelly!

PS: From left to right: Jenn, Tammy, Chief Tormentor, Bree.

Choc1

Giving Thanks Everyday – The List is Long

RudySo very Lucky – Of course, I have days when I’m feeling like nothing in the world is going right. It can be something as simple as the dog leaving a toy on the floor for me to step on or a bad hair day. Maybe it’s something more serious like, “Mom, I failed my Sustainability exam but don’t worry, everyone in class did!” Large or small, whatever our troubles, we need to remember we still have so much to be thankful for. I should appreciate I found such a wonderful dog. Rudy has been relatively trouble free since we adopted him 4 years ago and he’s a very good boy. Some people never get the opportunity to go to college and there’s my daughter, Madison, living it up at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. What an incredible time of life for her! I know she’s working really hard and will be fine so I just need to let go a little and trust. And remember how lucky we are.

Half-full - It’s not always easy seeing your glass as half-full instead of half-empty. It takes a conscious effort but it’s worth it. You’ve all heard the factoid that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile, so why overwork yourself? Keep that smile on your face, even when you don’t feel like it!

Gobble-til We Thank You - Here at Stave we know we have much to be thankful for. We love to come to work every day whether we’re designing your beautiful mailings, answering your calls or crafting a puzzle for you. That’s why we keep coming back, better and better, year after year.

Cheers to you!
Jennifer

Holiday Happiness

I’m amazed at the variety of puzzles I see offered in the Stave mailings. It always seems fresh and new, every time. Have you ever wondered how that happens? It’s Susan. All Susan!

Susan came to us in November of 1993. She started out doing a little bit of everything. (Do you know how hard it is to find someone like that these days?!) We quickly saw her potential and moved her into our graphics area. She’s had to grow with the times, keeping us up to date with our artists’ contracts and licensing.

Each week she gets to comb through the never ending supply of puzzle images choosing just the right variety for the mailings. Sometimes there’s a theme, like a holiday, and sometimes it’s the season that will help to determine what you will see. And sometimes, it’s just what Susan likes!

Picture 119

Susan lives in New Hampshire†with†her†Golden†Retriever,†Bacall,†her†horse,†Hap, and his little buddy, Charger, a mini. Quite a group, don’t you think?!

Here’s what Susan has to say about Traditional puzzling:

“Traditional Stave puzzles are my favorite. The personality every puzzle evolves into is quite magical. If I were ordering a Traditional or Custom puzzle, I would definitely ask for difficulty. I’d want the crafter to pull out all the stops! And I know I’ll get a spectacular edge treatment, too!”

Tell Susan what you’d like to see in your next mailing. Email her at Susan@stave.com

Susan-pets

Stave Puzzle Party Weekend at The Point

Steve here! We're busy organizing a few Puzzle Parties for the coming year. Here's information for the first one planned for January 2010.

External-Raindeer-Hall

An exclusive group of Stave enthusiasts will share hours of fireside puzzling in rustic elegance. Join us!

At The Point, you'll feel like you've stepped into another era because essentially you have. Built at the turn of the twentieth century of massive native timbers and stone as the Great Camp of William Avery Rockefeller, The Point is both grand and fanciful. Each room retains its original character with twiggy Adirondack furniture, birch bark details, cozy woolens and furs, waxed wood walls, old books and unique features particular to its original purpose at the Great Camp. Fires are kept blazing for you and a bottle of wine always awaits, so you may never want to leave your room! But you will. With its comfortable house party atmosphere, The Point is the perfect place for fellow Stave puzzlers to meet and share a weekend together.

Click here for more details and a list of scheduled events.

Welcome Back!

He’s Baaaack! Finally, and he has us hopping!

After a month away, our Fearless Leaders have returned safely. Dragging a bit from the jet-lag, they appeared in out midst late Monday morning. Though we like our little ‘breaks’ from the bosses, we were happy to see them. The shop tends to feel a little empty when they’re not around.

What now?
In all honesty, life doesn’t change too much when Martha and Steve are gone so theSteve transition to having them back is pretty smooth. We definitely have more meetings when Steve’s around, but the best thing is he goes back to picking up the mail. Yes, your Chief Tormentor take the post office duty. Can you believe it? What a guy! Our Friday feasts are back to normal, too. Martha does such a good job taking care of us.

Workin’ It
Whenever Steve and Martha go away, Steve always comes home energized and full of ideas. He has new puzzle designs brewing in his brain and he’s ready to cook up some excitement for you. In one of the first meetings Paula and I had with him last week, he was fired up with all the new stuff he’s been dreaming up. I believe his exact words were “We’re going to Bury Them in Fun!” I’m sure you figured out you are the them he’s referring to, so Watch Out! The coming months will be loaded with new and challenging endeavors for you to experience!

Fitting it together, Jennifer

Copier Paula and I take care of the really important stuffó Like rescuing mailing pages from behind the copier! It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it.

Happy Anniversary!

In normal Stave fashion, we’re celebrating Elizabeth’s 20th Stave Anniversary., which was September 18th. We love to take the opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments but we rarely seem to do it on time. Remember when we celebrated our 30th Anniversary during our 31st year?!

Elizabeth

Elizabeth was hired as holiday help in 1989. We needed assistance in Take-apart and Shipping and she was so good we kept her. Elizabeth eventually moved into puzzle cutting and there she has stayed. She came to us as a duck decoy carver and those skills have lent themselves nicely to puzzle cutting. Over the past 20 years she has become a Master Crafter, cutting all of the most challenging puzzles for you. She especially loves to tackle Steve’s toughest Trick puzzles like†Olivia and†Fred and Ginger.

Should you ever have the pleasure of speaking with Elizabeth you will find a quiet, well spoken woman. In addition to her carving and cutting skills she is a talented musician and has a fondness for wildlife. No, not A wild life. You know, critters and stuff! I’m the one who likes the Wild Life!!

Trick puzzles


Home Safely

Hey Everybody, Jennifer here! I made it back safe and sound from my week in Mexico and I’m feeling rested and ready for the craziness of our holiday season. I spent tons of time by the pool enjoying the sun and working on my tan. Martha keeps telling me I need to be careful with the tanning but I just love soaking up the rays. It warms me to my bones. I spent the week with my friend, Karen, reminiscing about the old days. We’ve known each other since the 7th grade so there’s lot’s of ‘old days’ to remember! I cut a puzzle for Karen and her family and they loved it. Her daughter, Katie, spent hours working it with her friend, Hector. The first night Kati finished the puzzle after Hector had left and when he came back the next day and saw it completed he was so disappointed he took it apart and they put it together again! I would say it was the perfect gift for my Hosts. I’m thinking they might just invite me back next year in hopes I’ll bring them another puzzle :)† Here’s a picture of Kati and Hector working the puzzle and another of me by the pool.

DSC01185

DSC01211

Gobble-Gobble Game As Simple As 1, 2, 3

About 10 days ago I asked son Michael to set up the Gobble-Gobble game on stave.com so that when a player reached so many points a window would pop-up displaying a coupon code good for 24 hours. Plus create a higher level for a total of 3 levels. Last weekend we had nearly 100 players on Saturday playing the game. I was pleased. And we got lots of orders.

To make it simple for everyone, this week the 3 levels will be at 100, 200 and 300… simple as 1 ,2, 3. At 100 level is a deal code. At 200 you get an entry into a drawing. At 300 you get a better deal code.

By the way, I am blown away by some true-blue StavePuzzleNuts who really rack up the points. Below is today’s high score for David at 11,103. I mean, that represents a lot of play time… WOW!

 

Gobble1

Gobble2

 

xx