Spring Has Finally Sprung and There Are New Faces in the Shop!

Spring has sprung here in Vermont and it feels great. We’ve got robins pulling worms from the wet ground, daffodils are poking their heads up and I even heard the peepers singing last night!! Singing peepers are right up there at the top of my favorites list, along with the smell of fresh-cut grass, lasagna with garlic bread and donuts!

Since we’re in this season of all things fresh and new, it seems like a good time to introduce you to Hannah and Eric, our new puzzle cutters. They’re great additions to the team and it’s looking like they’ll be cutting a puzzle for you in the not-so-far-off future!

Meet Hannah

Hannah is from Chicago, but has spent the past few years working in NYC. She has an impressive background in the arts and we’re taking full advantage of that! Here’s what Hannah had to say when we had a little Q & A session. I think you’ll be able to see just how lucky we are to have found her.

Jennifer: What are you reading or listening to right now?
Hannah: Almost always Béla Fleck.

J: If you could be anyone from any time period who would you be and why?
H: Probably Julia Child because of what she represents and her impact on something so essential to everyone’s life.

J: Other than your loved ones, what would you save if your house were burning down?
H: My sourdough starter.

Comment from J: Hannah has been kind enough to share some of her yummy baked goods with us. Most recently, an amazing focaccia bread!

J: What’s a fun fact about you that many people may not know?
H: I wrote a Master’s thesis on mid-nineteenth century theater.

J: What’s the best vacation you’ve ever had?
H: Hiking in the Cotswolds in England.

J: Tell everyone a little bit about your first job.
H: I took on a lot of odd jobs in high school before becoming a “Book Conservator” at the Minneapolis Central Library.

J: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and what did you learn from it?
H: I’ve been blessed with not having any bad jobs. I’ve had bad projects, such as photocopying hundreds of papers for NYU’s archives. It taught me the ins & outs of printer­s­­—and tolerance!

J: What’s one work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?
H: It would be here at Stave…Cutting my first sellable puzzle!

J: Motto or personal mantra?
H: I’m still learning

And Now, Meet Eric

Eric is from Plainfield, NH, which isn’t too far from Stave Puzzles. Growing up, he and his dad spent many hours together building model railroads. Eric spent time in the Navy, he loves to work with his hands, and attention to detail is his “thing.” Can you see why we hired him?

Here’s what Eric had to say:

J: What do you like to do when you’re not working?
E: When I’m not chilling with my cat or my daughter, I like to play board and card games.

J: What was your first job?
E: Pulling traps for Plainfield Fish and Game Gun Club.

J: What’s a fun fact about you that many people may not know?
E: I can break down and reassemble a .50 caliber machine gun in less than 2 minutes.

J: What are you reading or listening to right now?
E: Game of Thrones, “A Clash of Kings”

J: Favorite line from a movie?
E: “Never change to be accepted by others.” -Dead Pool

Eric’s beautiful cat, Falcor.

J: What do you find most challenging about your job at Stave?
E: Sitting for long periods of time.

J: What are three words that describe Stave?
E: Rewarding, fun, fascinating.

J: Motto or personal mantra?
E: Treat others how you want to be treated.

J: Other than your loved ones, what would you save if your house were burning down?
E: My old photographs.

If you happen to receive a puzzle with initials HK or EV, please send us a quick email and let Hannah and Eric (and me!) know what you think!

Stay well and puzzle on,