Handcrafting the world's finest wooden jigsaw puzzles since 1974
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Stave Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles...

...devilish by design!

Why do hundreds of people consider me to be their And why am I so eager to learn of their misery and to hear their moans of frustration? I'm Steve Richardson, aka The Chief Tormentor. Since 1974, my cohorts and I have been the masterminds behind the most beautiful, most inventive, and without question, most challenging jigsaw puzzles to be found in the world today—the famous Stave puzzles.

Our devotion to puzzle making has transformed the idea of the jigsaw puzzle from a very simple diversion into a highly expressive, entertaining, and exasperating art form. In homes everywhere, Stave puzzles are collected and treasured as unique and precious heirlooms. And along the way, we have developed many close relationships with the people who share our obsession. People who have experienced the struggle and satisfaction of completing puzzles so beautiful and challenging that they can't wait to begin their next one! The of Stave puzzles inspire letters, calls, gifts, bribes, and pranks way beyond what you would expect from a normal business.

the Rolls Royce of wooden jigsaw puzzles...

These are not your ordinary puzzles! They are much more than just a scene cut into pieces. Our puzzles have figure pieces, called silhouettes, and clever crafting ploys to deceive you.

  • Each wooden jigsaw puzzle is meticulously hand-cut, one piece at a time, by a skilled crafter. No computers, no high-tech. One saw, one cutter — that's it!
  • No two puzzles, and no two puzzle pieces, are ever exactly alike.
  • Made from the finest wood and hand-finished with a gleaming cherry back.
  • Cut with delicately fine blades, each piece fits snugly with its mate.
  • Several steps go into creating each puzzle, right down to the signing and dating of the Stave Clown, our silhouette trademark that appears in every puzzle.
  • Each puzzle comes carefully packed with a handmade blue and green box embossed with our Stave Clown. A special label, written in gold ink, bears the title of the puzzle and the number of pieces.

the ultimate puzzling experience...

The Stave experience is about more than just getting a stunning, personalized jigsaw puzzle from our hands to yours. We want to connect with you—the puzzle crafters to the puzzle enthusiasts.

  • Open a Stave puzzle box, pull out the wooden jigsaw puzzle pieces and feel every hand-made cut.
  • Fall into our traps of moan in despair and then finally tap the pieces together in triumph.
  • Feel connected to the devilish craftsperson whose hands have created the custom puzzle that provides you with this unique form of art and entertainment.
  • Expect an heirloom quality puzzle that will delight you and your family now and for generations to come!

Be sure to call so we can roll out the red carpet and cater to your custom wooden jigsaw puzzle whims — whether it's for hours of relaxing focus or for our dastardly brain teaser puzzles. That's what Stave is all about!

The Blue Box Experience

Luxurious, Unique, Devilish, and Fun. Stave's mischievously dazzling puzzles keep you coming back for more. This video shows the magic behind those wooden jigsaw puzzle pieces.

"…doing jigsaw puzzles is great for the brain; Stave puzzles take that to a higher level."

P.S., Sugar Land, TX

Make any Traditional puzzle uniquely yours by requesting custom silhouette pieces to be crafted into your puzzle.


"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."

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"They are the best puzzles, we do them over and over again. It’s a wonderful family thing."

Barbara Bush
People Weekly, August 24, 1998