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The Chief Tormentor

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Chief Tormentor Gets Tormented

Below is a Stave puzzle I started 2 days ago, a bit big for the tray but I’m too lazy to go find a bigger tray. This puzzle was a surprise Christmas present from Martha in 1989. She had been working for Stave for 5 years then and somehow she secretly cut it without my knowledge. Talk about a surprise!! Now I’m hoping all the pieces are there because this is the puzzle I used to creat the youTube video where these pieces form a butterfly in slow-motion, then explode into the air and form a flying butterfly. Keep your fingers crossed.

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Hawaiian Customers Visit Vermont and see Snow!

Below are R&A from Honolulu, long-time Stave customers, who came to Vermont this week just to see us. R&A have traveled the world but never to New England. Yesterday I gave them the Stave tour. Here we are in the showroom. By the way, today we had our first snow flurries of the season. Can you see the white streaks on Stave artist Susan Berry’s jacket and her truck? Hmmmmm, I wonder if R&A expected to see snow flurries?

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Senator Leahy Visits Staveland…What a Blast!

Martha and and I are regular contributors to Senator Leahy’s campaigns and we have met him on a number of occasions. When his staff suggested to his loyal supporters that we send the Senator some birthday cards on his 70th birthday in March we at Stave Puzzles decided to send him a special birthday puzzle instead. Checkout how we Photoshop’d his image into this popular scene. And check out the customized pieces. Because he is a fan of The Grateful Dead and Batman we wove those into the scene also.

In June Senator Leahy called me from Washington to say how much he and Marcelle enjoyed doing the puzzle. They had had a blast and chuckled all the way through. I told the Senator that if he and Marcelle were ever in the area please stop by for a tour which they did on Tuesday. It was our turn to have a blast as we showed them around and gave them a cutting demonstration. What FUN people they are!

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Goodies from Minnesota for the Stave Puzzlettes

Thank you Mary Ann from Minnesota for the HUGE box of goodies and your nice note, part of which says:

“It’s always a good day when a Stave puzzle box arrives – even though it means I’m going to do some procrastinating where my work is concerned – you know, just a few minutes of puzzling – then I’ll get back to work….”

Note the box label:

MaryAnn11

MaryAnn22

Cannon Beach-bums

Yes, that’s a rainbow in the background! Cannon Beach, Oregon. Until this trip we had never been to Oregon. What a fun trip!† That’s their famous Haystack Rock (235′)† in the background where puffins nest each spring for 100 days. Anybody out there smart enough to figure out the ’50′?
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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

Chief Tormentor Gets Tormented

Below is a Stave puzzle I started 2 days ago, a bit big for the tray but I’m too lazy to go find a bigger tray. This puzzle was a surprise Christmas present from Martha in 1989. She had been working for Stave for 5 years then and somehow she secretly cut it without my knowledge. Talk about a surprise!! Now I’m hoping all the pieces are there because this is the puzzle I used to creat the youTube video where these pieces form a butterfly in slow-motion, then explode into the air and form a flying butterfly. Keep your fingers crossed.

25October10a

Hawaiian Customers Visit Vermont and see Snow!

Below are R&A from Honolulu, long-time Stave customers, who came to Vermont this week just to see us. R&A have traveled the world but never to New England. Yesterday I gave them the Stave tour. Here we are in the showroom. By the way, today we had our first snow flurries of the season. Can you see the white streaks on Stave artist Susan Berry’s jacket and her truck? Hmmmmm, I wonder if R&A expected to see snow flurries?

21010-Kahles

21010BerrySnow

Senator Leahy Visits Staveland…What a Blast!

Martha and and I are regular contributors to Senator Leahy’s campaigns and we have met him on a number of occasions. When his staff suggested to his loyal supporters that we send the Senator some birthday cards on his 70th birthday in March we at Stave Puzzles decided to send him a special birthday puzzle instead. Checkout how we Photoshop’d his image into this popular scene. And check out the customized pieces. Because he is a fan of The Grateful Dead and Batman we wove those into the scene also.

In June Senator Leahy called me from Washington to say how much he and Marcelle enjoyed doing the puzzle. They had had a blast and chuckled all the way through. I told the Senator that if he and Marcelle were ever in the area please stop by for a tour which they did on Tuesday. It was our turn to have a blast as we showed them around and gave them a cutting demonstration. What FUN people they are!

Leahy22

Leahy33

Goodies from Minnesota for the Stave Puzzlettes

Thank you Mary Ann from Minnesota for the HUGE box of goodies and your nice note, part of which says:

“It’s always a good day when a Stave puzzle box arrives – even though it means I’m going to do some procrastinating where my work is concerned – you know, just a few minutes of puzzling – then I’ll get back to work….”

Note the box label:

MaryAnn11

MaryAnn22

Cannon Beach-bums

Yes, that’s a rainbow in the background! Cannon Beach, Oregon. Until this trip we had never been to Oregon. What a fun trip!† That’s their famous Haystack Rock (235′)† in the background where puffins nest each spring for 100 days. Anybody out there smart enough to figure out the ’50′?
sam.Cannon11

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