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The Chief Tormentor

The Deliciously Devilish Blog of Puzzling News From Staveland

Don Giovanni Comes to Staveland

OK, I’m finally getting with the program, the Opera Program, that is. It’s taken me only 35 years to realize that an opera puzzle might be popular with some of our customers. So below is my first stab at one, Don Giovanni, which was introduced last week. What helped inspire this is our local opera company, Opera North, which is now doing Don Giovanni. Martha and I are going tomorrow night! Check out our home page for more info on this puzzle.

Don Giovanni puzzle sr

Lend a Helping Hand

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Food for Thought

Great minds think alike. Isnít that how the saying goes? Letís test that theory, shall we?

Weíre always striving to come up with something new here at Stave. Earlier this summer I was working with Steve and Molly on the design for the 35th anniversary commemorative puzzle. We were figuring out the list of the 35 elements to include in the puzzle: whammies, color-line cutting, phony corner, TroubleMaker, Trick…you get the idea. It was then and there I decided to retire before we hit our 60th anniversary. Thatís a lot of stuff to get into a puzzle!!

Occasionally we have a contest on the PuzzleNuts site where we show you a new puzzle design and ask for title suggestions. You always have such great ideas. We even took it one step further when Stave artist, Molly Delaney, drew some cute little donkeys that we couldnít figure out what to do with. Instead of racking my brain, we threw it out to our puzzlers and your suggestions were awesome! Due to your ingenuity, Donkey Tonk will be coming your way, soon!

This tired mind needs your help, again. Now I want you to do it all. Iím going to sit back and let you do the work! (What took me so long to think of this?!) You can design your very own Stave puzzle!

Give me the theme

Give me the look

Give me the title

If you can come up with the fixings for a new Stave Teaser puzzle, weíll do it! Now that youíre doing my job, Iím going on vacation!

Jennifer- Many hands make light work! Lighten my load!!

P.S. See details on the below

puzzle sugg

REMEMBER! Email ME at Jennifer@stave.com with your puzzle suggestions.

What’s Going On?

too much fun

Best Laid Plans

I have the best intentions to begin working on this newsletter well in advance of when it needs to be ready. But does that happen? No! Why doesnít it happen? Because thereís so darn much going on around here!

 

I start the day by doing a quick overview of whatís on my desk. Freshly cut puzzles that need to be listed as In-stock on the web site, new orders that have come in and need to be checked over. While Iím doing these things Iíll have several interruptions. ìJenn, can you check this puzzle for me?î ìWhat do you think about this edge idea?î ìI think I messed up. Help!î These are all things I love doing, especially checking a puzzle before a cutter begins crafting. It gives me a great opportunity to see whatís going on in their minds. I work with creative geniuses!

I often spend part of my day working on new designs. Molly Delaney might pop in to drop off the finished art for the latest Teaser, Susan Greenleaf may call to go over a new design. Steve is usually cooking up something new, too, that needs to be discussed.

 

If Iím really lucky, Iíll talk or email with one of you. I love to hear how you liked your latest puzzle or help you pick your next one. Oftentimes I feel like Iím talking with an old friend. Last week I spoke with several people who puzzled with us at our anniversary Shindig and I also gave a tour of Stave to a group of four lovely ladies. What fun women! We chatted and laughed it up while I showed them around. I donít know who had the better time, me or them. I was tempted to take the afternoon off and join them in the rest of their ventures for the day but the saw was calling me. Puzzlers. You are awesome people!

Life doesn’t get much better than this!

 


Ring Riders

 

 

We love to incorporate the theme of the image with our cutting, both on the edge and in the interior pieces. You never know what you’ll find in a Stave! Areas of solid color lend themselves to beautiful sculpts and fanciful irregular edges.


 

natural appeal

© Stave Puzzles, Inc., Norwich, Vermont. Stave Puzzles, Inc. owns the copyrights in the puzzle designs, Silhouette designs,and Custom Edge designs of the puzzles

appearing in this mailing. Trick, Monkey Fist, Crazy Claw, Teaser, Twister, Tumbler, TroubleMaker, the Clown and Stave are trademarks of Stave Puzzles, Inc.


Taking it easy

It’s Summertime and the livin’ is easy, isn’t that what Billie Holiday sang? It may be easy for some but summer can cause a few problems for us. We’re a small shop, just 10 saws, and as much as we love our jobs we do have to take a little time off every now and then. When do most people want a vacation? Summer! So, if your puzzles take a little longer to get to you, that’s why! What have your favorite cutters been up to? Ginny had a couple of weeks with her hubby and grand kids, Barb traveled the wild west and Di took some nice long drives to nowhere in particular with her husband. A bunch more of us will be in and out for the next few weeks, me included, so please be patient with us. We’ll get your puzzles cut, I promise!

Don Giovanni Comes to Staveland

OK, I’m finally getting with the program, the Opera Program, that is. It’s taken me only 35 years to realize that an opera puzzle might be popular with some of our customers. So below is my first stab at one, Don Giovanni, which was introduced last week. What helped inspire this is our local opera company, Opera North, which is now doing Don Giovanni. Martha and I are going tomorrow night! Check out our home page for more info on this puzzle.

Don Giovanni puzzle sr

Lend a Helping Hand

caps

Food for Thought

Great minds think alike. Isnít that how the saying goes? Letís test that theory, shall we?

Weíre always striving to come up with something new here at Stave. Earlier this summer I was working with Steve and Molly on the design for the 35th anniversary commemorative puzzle. We were figuring out the list of the 35 elements to include in the puzzle: whammies, color-line cutting, phony corner, TroubleMaker, Trick…you get the idea. It was then and there I decided to retire before we hit our 60th anniversary. Thatís a lot of stuff to get into a puzzle!!

Occasionally we have a contest on the PuzzleNuts site where we show you a new puzzle design and ask for title suggestions. You always have such great ideas. We even took it one step further when Stave artist, Molly Delaney, drew some cute little donkeys that we couldnít figure out what to do with. Instead of racking my brain, we threw it out to our puzzlers and your suggestions were awesome! Due to your ingenuity, Donkey Tonk will be coming your way, soon!

This tired mind needs your help, again. Now I want you to do it all. Iím going to sit back and let you do the work! (What took me so long to think of this?!) You can design your very own Stave puzzle!

Give me the theme

Give me the look

Give me the title

If you can come up with the fixings for a new Stave Teaser puzzle, weíll do it! Now that youíre doing my job, Iím going on vacation!

Jennifer- Many hands make light work! Lighten my load!!

P.S. See details on the below

puzzle sugg

REMEMBER! Email ME at Jennifer@stave.com with your puzzle suggestions.

What’s Going On?

too much fun

Best Laid Plans

I have the best intentions to begin working on this newsletter well in advance of when it needs to be ready. But does that happen? No! Why doesnít it happen? Because thereís so darn much going on around here!

 

I start the day by doing a quick overview of whatís on my desk. Freshly cut puzzles that need to be listed as In-stock on the web site, new orders that have come in and need to be checked over. While Iím doing these things Iíll have several interruptions. ìJenn, can you check this puzzle for me?î ìWhat do you think about this edge idea?î ìI think I messed up. Help!î These are all things I love doing, especially checking a puzzle before a cutter begins crafting. It gives me a great opportunity to see whatís going on in their minds. I work with creative geniuses!

I often spend part of my day working on new designs. Molly Delaney might pop in to drop off the finished art for the latest Teaser, Susan Greenleaf may call to go over a new design. Steve is usually cooking up something new, too, that needs to be discussed.

 

If Iím really lucky, Iíll talk or email with one of you. I love to hear how you liked your latest puzzle or help you pick your next one. Oftentimes I feel like Iím talking with an old friend. Last week I spoke with several people who puzzled with us at our anniversary Shindig and I also gave a tour of Stave to a group of four lovely ladies. What fun women! We chatted and laughed it up while I showed them around. I donít know who had the better time, me or them. I was tempted to take the afternoon off and join them in the rest of their ventures for the day but the saw was calling me. Puzzlers. You are awesome people!

Life doesn’t get much better than this!

 


Ring Riders

 

 

We love to incorporate the theme of the image with our cutting, both on the edge and in the interior pieces. You never know what you’ll find in a Stave! Areas of solid color lend themselves to beautiful sculpts and fanciful irregular edges.


 

natural appeal

© Stave Puzzles, Inc., Norwich, Vermont. Stave Puzzles, Inc. owns the copyrights in the puzzle designs, Silhouette designs,and Custom Edge designs of the puzzles

appearing in this mailing. Trick, Monkey Fist, Crazy Claw, Teaser, Twister, Tumbler, TroubleMaker, the Clown and Stave are trademarks of Stave Puzzles, Inc.


Taking it easy

It’s Summertime and the livin’ is easy, isn’t that what Billie Holiday sang? It may be easy for some but summer can cause a few problems for us. We’re a small shop, just 10 saws, and as much as we love our jobs we do have to take a little time off every now and then. When do most people want a vacation? Summer! So, if your puzzles take a little longer to get to you, that’s why! What have your favorite cutters been up to? Ginny had a couple of weeks with her hubby and grand kids, Barb traveled the wild west and Di took some nice long drives to nowhere in particular with her husband. A bunch more of us will be in and out for the next few weeks, me included, so please be patient with us. We’ll get your puzzles cut, I promise!