We have lots of quality checkpoints for our puzzles during the crafting process. I won’t bore you with the details of every step, but to give you an idea of the care we take, here’s a quick synopsis of the process.
First, your order is checked to make sure all of your information got transferred from the phone or web to the work order. We’ve taken the opportunity to get creative and lovingly call them “Pink Sheets” as we print them on pretty pink paper to help your order stand out.
Elizabeth cheerfully reviews Pink Sheets to ensure we’ve captured all the details of your puzzle order.
Next, we inspect the image after it gets printed and again after it has been dry mounted to the wood. It’s looked over before we begin cutting to make sure we know where we’re going to cut your special requests and if we have a place for them all.
The next check comes after cutting, when the backside of the puzzle has been sanded and finished. We check the front to make sure it looks beautiful before we take it apart and carefully place all the pieces into Stave’s signature blue box.
This puzzle has been sanded and finished, now every piece will be inspected to ensure that it meets Stave’s high-quality standards–from piece size to interlock shape.
After the puzzle is taken apart and boxed, we check the box label, Prize Point cards, and other paperwork against the Pink Sheet to make sure we’ve got the puzzle going to the right person, at the right place, at the right time. Whew, that’s a lot of checking! Now your puzzle is finally ready for UPS to pick it up.
Paula is reviewing the hand-written paperwork and label that comes with your puzzle.
Where am I going with all of this? We see lots of really fun things when we’re doing all this scrutinizing, but you guys only get to see the cool stuff that happens in your own puzzles. I think you’ll get a kick out of seeing some of the stuff we’ve done for others. It might just give you an idea or two for your next puzzle.
Check out these clever things our puzzle crafters have done. They’re amazing!!!