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The Chief Tormentor

The Deliciously Devilish Blog of Puzzling News From Staveland

Help Us Design a Teaser Puzzle

donkeysA new contest is happening now on StavePuzzlenuts.com

Stave artist, Molly Delaney, has gotten us started by drawing a few cute little donkeys, BUT what will the frame and the name be?

We want your suggestions for the theme of this new Teaser puzzle. You could win Stave Goodies or the New Teaser puzzle if we use your suggestions.

Get all the detail and join the contest at StavePuzzleNuts.com !

Talk about funny!!

I know woodchucks have nothing to do with puzzling but this is too funny. The woodchuck that has been hanging around on the back lawn of the puzzle shop has spent the afternoon defending his territory against a red squirrel! The squirrel is definitely faster but the woodchuck is very brave and persistent. What a sight to see! If we can get a good photo of the action we’ll put one up so you can enjoy the fun, too. Ok, back to work :)

Meet our new buddy!

Here’s a picture I just took of our friend, Woody. He drops in almost daily for a small snack or two of lush green grass and the occasional apple I roll out for him. He’s great entertainment and not at all distracting from my work. He was stretching and yawning when he appeared this morning and it cracked me up! I took this through my office window so it’s not as clear as I would like but I had to share it. DSC01662

WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!

You didn’t hear it from me but… Paula and Ruth are almost finished with a beautiful Limited Edition mailing piece!! I’m not sure if I should call it a mini-catalog, pamphlet or what, but it looks great! You’ll see our Hand-painted puzzles, Riddle and Mystery puzzles and even Double-Decker designs! You’ve been asking for this for a while, so here you go! Watch for it in your mailbox. It’s coming soon!! Remember, don’t tell Ruth or Paula I let the cat out of the bag!!

Our 35th Anniversary Celebration

party blog

Weíre celebrating our 35th Anniversary in July and we want you to join us! Weíve had lots of puzzle parties over the years but none like this. Here are a few reasons why you should call Stave today and RSVP.

Top 10 Reasons To Join Us

 

#10 Join the Club

How many people do you know who can say, ìYeah, Iíve been to a puzzle partyî? Join the fun and become a member of this select community.

#9 Meet New Friends

Have you ever wondered if there were others as obsessed with puzzles as you? Puzzlers are a unique group, passionate about their hobby. Youíll have the chance to meet other puzzle fanatics just like yourself. Hmm, sounds like a Stave Puzzlers Anonymous support group in the making!

#8 See Vermont

Vermont is one of the most beautiful places you could ever visit. In addition to puzzling, youíll be able to enjoy the beautiful countryside, kiss in a covered bridge* and enjoy a Ben & Jerryís ice cream… or two!

* Folklore has it that covered bridges were designed so couples could go into one and kiss without being seen. Pucker up! Thereís an authentic covered bridge just feet from the Woodstock Inn!

#7 Food and Dance

We promise you wonít go away hungry, thatís for sure. Youíll have plenty of time to wolf down a bite to eat between puzzles and you can be sure the Saturday night dinner will be fabulous. To top it all off, you can burn off the calories moving and grooving on the dance floor after dinner.

#6 Puzzle All You Want

Weíre bringing hundreds of puzzles to the Woodstock Inn so you can literally puzzle 24 hours a day. Puzzle quietly by yourself, with a group or compete in some zany games.

#5 See New Stuff

In addition to new Teaser puzzles, youíll get to see Steveís new Trick TroubleMaker puzzle, too! And weíll even give you a sneak peek at our new catalog!!

#4 Be A Crafter!

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at cutting a puzzle of your own? Hereís your chance!

#3 Lots Of Prizes

Youíll have plenty of chances to win prizes. Are you the fastest or the smartest? Did you travel the greatest distance? Have you been a Stave Puzzler for the longest? All these and more will walk away winners.

#2 Be A Doll

You could be the winner of the FINAL EDITION of the Dollhouse Village puzzle series. Yep, weíre giving away #100/#100 at our 35th Anniversary dinner on Saturday night. It could be yours, just for showing up!!!

#1 Meet The Gang

We may have been puzzling you for years or maybe weíre in the early stages of driving you crazy. When you come to our party youíll have the chance to tell your puzzle cutters just what you love about what they do. You can also meet the talented artists who create the artwork for our Teaser, Trick and Limited Edition design puzzles and youíll even have the chance to shake the hand of the man who started it all. Your Chief Tormentor, Steve Richardson, will be around all weekend to hear your screams of torture and delight!

The Real Reason To Come

Many of us have been cutting your puzzles for years (a lot of years!) and we want the opportunity to meet you. Give us a chance to tell you why we love what we do and say ìThanksî for giving us the opportunity to drive you crazy year after year. Itís a tough job but someone has to do it and we are so lucky we have the privilege. Please come spend the weekend with Stave and let us thank you properly. You wonít be sorry you did. We promise!

Canít wait to see you in July!

Jennifer

THE WOODSTOCK INN & RESORT

The Woodstock Inn & Resort, Woodstock, Vermont is a charming, luxury four-season resort hotel set within the ‘Prettiest Small Town in America,’ where breathtaking scenery and unspoiled rural character serve as the perfect backdrop for New England’s finest cultural and sporting activities. The Woodstock Inn & Resort, a Rockefeller legacy, offers modern amenities and services within a quintessential Vermont setting, providing the ideal destination for puzzling fun.

WOODSTOCK INN ACCOMMODATIONS

Stay on-site and receive a commemorative 35th anniversary puzzle.
Room Rate: Single Occupancy $995, each additional Adult $425
Children 12 & under $195
Room rate includes Puzzle Party attendance 7/9-11, 2 nightsí stay, all meals, taxes and gratuity.

BE A DAY GUEST

Join Stave as a Day Guest: Puzzle Party Attendance Fee: $325 per person. Includes all Stave activities on Saturday 7/10 as well as Saturday Lunch and Stave Evening Shindig & Happeniní Hop.

PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS
EARLY BY CALLING STAVE AT 802-295-5200

Get more information here!

Look here, sports fans!

Hey all you sports fans! I just wanted to give you a heads up on some new puzzles we’re working on. Stave artist, Molly Delaney, is working on a new set of sports themed Teaser puzzles and they’re looking great! We’re still in the designing phase but the ones we’ve had tested got great reviews so we’re moving closer to final art on a couple of them. Whether you’re a golfer or a baseball fan, a football fanatic or a tennis pro, we’ll have something for you!! (Did I tell you I’m taking tennis lessons? I’ll be playing at Wimbledon this summer, for sure!) Keep your eye out for these great new Teaser puzzles and in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at two them in early art stages.testers_20100408142816_00001

Spring Has Sprung!

Here’s What’s Sprouting!

Fresh and New -The calendar says itís Spring and our weather is finally agreeing. After enjoying a beautiful stretch of weather several weeks ago we went right back to cold, rainy days. It was awful!

Today is another story. The sun is shining and we’re going to see the thermometer reach the 70s. Our daffodils and crocuses are poking their heads out of the ground and the trees are budding. What else is blooming here at Stave?

wildheart cutThere is such a wealth of creativity in the shop. I’m always amazed at the new things we come up with. Just the other day I was admiring the Timeshare puzzle, Wildheart, that Barb was crafting. She loaded it up with so much fun! Can you believe the perfect placement of her silhouettes? Look at the wing on the fairy. It has perfect detail. How about the flame on the candle she is holding? It’s a fiery yellow. So neat! My favorite is the gecko. Barb utilized the spots in a butterfly’s wing for eyes on the gecko. It adds such personality to the piece. You can’t help but smile when working this puzzle.

wildheart silos

Tried and True -Sure it’s great to see new things come about but there are some things that will never change here at Stave. Our desire to give you the best that we have in each and every puzzle and the level of quality we strive for in everything we do. Another thing that will never change is the personal contact we give. You can always count on one of us picking up the phone when you call Stave during regular business hours. Maybe we’re old fashioned but we think it’s important to give that one-on-one connection to our puzzlers.

All In A Day’s Work

It’s amazing what a simple edge design can do for a puzzle. Doesn’t this zig-zag edge make you feel the movement of the horses? And that window treatment. How cool is that?!! Little things like these add so much to a puzzle.

cheyenne cut

Holy cuteness! Isn’t this hippo the most adorable thing youíve seen in ages? Call today so you can have this puzzle, Pizazz!, on your puzzle table.

With a spring in my step, Jennifer


Pizzaz

Special Delivery

We did it. We had a baby! Ok, maybe we didn’t do it but puzzle cutter, Meg, delivered a bouncing baby boy on Friday, March 12! Justin Alexander came in at 8lbs, 3oz. and 20″ long. All are doing well and we’re looking forward to a shop visit from the little guy in the near future. 24917_1308500352671_1235455592_30957521_1536998_n

Help Us Design a Teaser Puzzle

donkeysA new contest is happening now on StavePuzzlenuts.com

Stave artist, Molly Delaney, has gotten us started by drawing a few cute little donkeys, BUT what will the frame and the name be?

We want your suggestions for the theme of this new Teaser puzzle. You could win Stave Goodies or the New Teaser puzzle if we use your suggestions.

Get all the detail and join the contest at StavePuzzleNuts.com !

Talk about funny!!

I know woodchucks have nothing to do with puzzling but this is too funny. The woodchuck that has been hanging around on the back lawn of the puzzle shop has spent the afternoon defending his territory against a red squirrel! The squirrel is definitely faster but the woodchuck is very brave and persistent. What a sight to see! If we can get a good photo of the action we’ll put one up so you can enjoy the fun, too. Ok, back to work :)

Meet our new buddy!

Here’s a picture I just took of our friend, Woody. He drops in almost daily for a small snack or two of lush green grass and the occasional apple I roll out for him. He’s great entertainment and not at all distracting from my work. He was stretching and yawning when he appeared this morning and it cracked me up! I took this through my office window so it’s not as clear as I would like but I had to share it. DSC01662

WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!

You didn’t hear it from me but… Paula and Ruth are almost finished with a beautiful Limited Edition mailing piece!! I’m not sure if I should call it a mini-catalog, pamphlet or what, but it looks great! You’ll see our Hand-painted puzzles, Riddle and Mystery puzzles and even Double-Decker designs! You’ve been asking for this for a while, so here you go! Watch for it in your mailbox. It’s coming soon!! Remember, don’t tell Ruth or Paula I let the cat out of the bag!!

Our 35th Anniversary Celebration

party blog

Weíre celebrating our 35th Anniversary in July and we want you to join us! Weíve had lots of puzzle parties over the years but none like this. Here are a few reasons why you should call Stave today and RSVP.

Top 10 Reasons To Join Us

 

#10 Join the Club

How many people do you know who can say, ìYeah, Iíve been to a puzzle partyî? Join the fun and become a member of this select community.

#9 Meet New Friends

Have you ever wondered if there were others as obsessed with puzzles as you? Puzzlers are a unique group, passionate about their hobby. Youíll have the chance to meet other puzzle fanatics just like yourself. Hmm, sounds like a Stave Puzzlers Anonymous support group in the making!

#8 See Vermont

Vermont is one of the most beautiful places you could ever visit. In addition to puzzling, youíll be able to enjoy the beautiful countryside, kiss in a covered bridge* and enjoy a Ben & Jerryís ice cream… or two!

* Folklore has it that covered bridges were designed so couples could go into one and kiss without being seen. Pucker up! Thereís an authentic covered bridge just feet from the Woodstock Inn!

#7 Food and Dance

We promise you wonít go away hungry, thatís for sure. Youíll have plenty of time to wolf down a bite to eat between puzzles and you can be sure the Saturday night dinner will be fabulous. To top it all off, you can burn off the calories moving and grooving on the dance floor after dinner.

#6 Puzzle All You Want

Weíre bringing hundreds of puzzles to the Woodstock Inn so you can literally puzzle 24 hours a day. Puzzle quietly by yourself, with a group or compete in some zany games.

#5 See New Stuff

In addition to new Teaser puzzles, youíll get to see Steveís new Trick TroubleMaker puzzle, too! And weíll even give you a sneak peek at our new catalog!!

#4 Be A Crafter!

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at cutting a puzzle of your own? Hereís your chance!

#3 Lots Of Prizes

Youíll have plenty of chances to win prizes. Are you the fastest or the smartest? Did you travel the greatest distance? Have you been a Stave Puzzler for the longest? All these and more will walk away winners.

#2 Be A Doll

You could be the winner of the FINAL EDITION of the Dollhouse Village puzzle series. Yep, weíre giving away #100/#100 at our 35th Anniversary dinner on Saturday night. It could be yours, just for showing up!!!

#1 Meet The Gang

We may have been puzzling you for years or maybe weíre in the early stages of driving you crazy. When you come to our party youíll have the chance to tell your puzzle cutters just what you love about what they do. You can also meet the talented artists who create the artwork for our Teaser, Trick and Limited Edition design puzzles and youíll even have the chance to shake the hand of the man who started it all. Your Chief Tormentor, Steve Richardson, will be around all weekend to hear your screams of torture and delight!

The Real Reason To Come

Many of us have been cutting your puzzles for years (a lot of years!) and we want the opportunity to meet you. Give us a chance to tell you why we love what we do and say ìThanksî for giving us the opportunity to drive you crazy year after year. Itís a tough job but someone has to do it and we are so lucky we have the privilege. Please come spend the weekend with Stave and let us thank you properly. You wonít be sorry you did. We promise!

Canít wait to see you in July!

Jennifer

THE WOODSTOCK INN & RESORT

The Woodstock Inn & Resort, Woodstock, Vermont is a charming, luxury four-season resort hotel set within the ‘Prettiest Small Town in America,’ where breathtaking scenery and unspoiled rural character serve as the perfect backdrop for New England’s finest cultural and sporting activities. The Woodstock Inn & Resort, a Rockefeller legacy, offers modern amenities and services within a quintessential Vermont setting, providing the ideal destination for puzzling fun.

WOODSTOCK INN ACCOMMODATIONS

Stay on-site and receive a commemorative 35th anniversary puzzle.
Room Rate: Single Occupancy $995, each additional Adult $425
Children 12 & under $195
Room rate includes Puzzle Party attendance 7/9-11, 2 nightsí stay, all meals, taxes and gratuity.

BE A DAY GUEST

Join Stave as a Day Guest: Puzzle Party Attendance Fee: $325 per person. Includes all Stave activities on Saturday 7/10 as well as Saturday Lunch and Stave Evening Shindig & Happeniní Hop.

PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS
EARLY BY CALLING STAVE AT 802-295-5200

Get more information here!

Look here, sports fans!

Hey all you sports fans! I just wanted to give you a heads up on some new puzzles we’re working on. Stave artist, Molly Delaney, is working on a new set of sports themed Teaser puzzles and they’re looking great! We’re still in the designing phase but the ones we’ve had tested got great reviews so we’re moving closer to final art on a couple of them. Whether you’re a golfer or a baseball fan, a football fanatic or a tennis pro, we’ll have something for you!! (Did I tell you I’m taking tennis lessons? I’ll be playing at Wimbledon this summer, for sure!) Keep your eye out for these great new Teaser puzzles and in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at two them in early art stages.testers_20100408142816_00001

Spring Has Sprung!

Here’s What’s Sprouting!

Fresh and New -The calendar says itís Spring and our weather is finally agreeing. After enjoying a beautiful stretch of weather several weeks ago we went right back to cold, rainy days. It was awful!

Today is another story. The sun is shining and we’re going to see the thermometer reach the 70s. Our daffodils and crocuses are poking their heads out of the ground and the trees are budding. What else is blooming here at Stave?

wildheart cutThere is such a wealth of creativity in the shop. I’m always amazed at the new things we come up with. Just the other day I was admiring the Timeshare puzzle, Wildheart, that Barb was crafting. She loaded it up with so much fun! Can you believe the perfect placement of her silhouettes? Look at the wing on the fairy. It has perfect detail. How about the flame on the candle she is holding? It’s a fiery yellow. So neat! My favorite is the gecko. Barb utilized the spots in a butterfly’s wing for eyes on the gecko. It adds such personality to the piece. You can’t help but smile when working this puzzle.

wildheart silos

Tried and True -Sure it’s great to see new things come about but there are some things that will never change here at Stave. Our desire to give you the best that we have in each and every puzzle and the level of quality we strive for in everything we do. Another thing that will never change is the personal contact we give. You can always count on one of us picking up the phone when you call Stave during regular business hours. Maybe we’re old fashioned but we think it’s important to give that one-on-one connection to our puzzlers.

All In A Day’s Work

It’s amazing what a simple edge design can do for a puzzle. Doesn’t this zig-zag edge make you feel the movement of the horses? And that window treatment. How cool is that?!! Little things like these add so much to a puzzle.

cheyenne cut

Holy cuteness! Isn’t this hippo the most adorable thing youíve seen in ages? Call today so you can have this puzzle, Pizazz!, on your puzzle table.

With a spring in my step, Jennifer


Pizzaz

Special Delivery

We did it. We had a baby! Ok, maybe we didn’t do it but puzzle cutter, Meg, delivered a bouncing baby boy on Friday, March 12! Justin Alexander came in at 8lbs, 3oz. and 20″ long. All are doing well and we’re looking forward to a shop visit from the little guy in the near future. 24917_1308500352671_1235455592_30957521_1536998_n