In The News
Business management guru Tom Peters named Stave Puzzles "Product of the Year" in 1991, saying, "The folks at Stave Puzzles represent a class of unsung companies that do things right—deliver superior service, on time, in a way that satisfies and even delights customers." Here what some other notables have said about us:
17 FEB 2020
10 High-End Jigsaw Puzzles to Give You a Much-Needed Break From Your Screens
23 MAR 2020
"The puzzle maker from Vermont, not far from the border with Canada, boasts of making the most difficult models in the world… but also the most expensive. The small company of 25 employees counts among its loyal fans Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos… and the Queen of England."
1 OCT 2020
Meet the puzzle company that conjures ''sadomasochistic'' thrills for Bill and Melinda Gates.
20 APR 2009
"Inside the confines of one White River Junction building, sits a world of puzzling possibilities..."
23 May 2022
"There’s one of the chapters I go to, this crazy company in Vermont that makes hand-carved wooden puzzles..." – A.J. Jacobs
The Tim Ferriss Show
22 APRIL 2022
Piece by piece, this Vermont company built a pandemic-proof business in $1,000 jigsaw puzzles
22 SEPT 2020
"There are jigsaw puzzle nights at coffee shops and libraries. Puzzle groups and puzzle games online. Hand-cut wooden puzzles that cost thousands of dollars."
18 FEB 2020
"The designers and woodcrafters at Stave Puzzles Inc. can be devious, often taking behind-the-scenes pleasure in driving their customers to distraction. Surprisingly, the customers would have it no other way."
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
10 MAY 2020
“I have a unique relationship with my customers,” says Steve Richardson, president of Stave Puzzles in Norwich, Vermont. “They pay me to torture them.”
13 FEB 2017
"Steve Richardson, a designer of wooden jigsaw puzzles, says he has a sadomasochistic relationship with his customers, who pay hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars to indulge in the tortures that he devises."
11 NOV 2006
“It takes a certain type of person to put a maddeningly difficult puzzle together, and . . . It takes a particularly diabolical type of person to create one.”
"Not only are there costumes and clues involved, but guests will also have to solve Stave Puzzles (knowing for making some of the world’s most expensive puzzles) to figure out who committed the crime."
27 FEB 2018
"The scene: a swanky London mansion. A gala party in full swing suddenly becomes a multiple crime scene, and the authorities swoop in. It’s up to you to help them crack each case and nab the perps."
"Puzzle maker Steve Richardson is that rare inventor who succeeds by intentionally frustrating his best customers."
2000 Guinness World Records names Stave Puzzles "Most Valuable Jigsaw Puzzle"
2003 Steve Richardson receives the first Spilsbury Award, at Association of Game and Puzzle Collector's 17th annual convention.