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Apr 27

You Made Your Bed

The Search

Finding a puzzle cutter is never easy. Just think of it. How many people have you met who know how to cut a wooden jigsaw puzzle? It’s like searching for hen’s teeth! What do we look for when we’re searching for someone to join our crew? Someone who is crafty and clever, eager to learn with the highest standards for themselves and their work. They’ve got to have good hand/eye coordination and manual dexterity but most of all, they have to love working with their hands.

A Real Find

In addition to finding fabulous puzzle cutters we also work with local (or not so local!) artists to create Stave’s Teaser and Trick puzzle designs. And like finding a puzzle cutter, it’s tough to find an artist who can design a puzzle. It’s very different from painting a landscape. You’ve got to figure out how thick or thin you can make a piece. You need to learn how to get all those Teaser pieces to grip each other but not fit solidly like a Traditional puzzle would. After all, that would make it easy, now wouldn’t it?! Needless to say, it’s a long training process.

So when we find a great puzzle cutter who can design puzzles, too, it’s like hitting the jackpot! Dianna and Wanita are puzzle cutters who have created several Stave designs, and now we have Samara. Samara has been cutting puzzles for almost two years now and she surprised us last year with a great idea for a new Teaser puzzle. She’s been working on several Teaser designs I think you’re going to love but here’s a peek at her first completed design, a puzzle based on the story of The Princess and the Pea. We’re calling it Your High-ness and it’s a hoot! Trying to fit those brightly colored pillows and blankets into the bed frame are going to keep you from getting any shut eye, for sure.

We’ve Got Designs For You

In addition to Your High-ness, Samara has several more designs in the works. Since I’m feeling generous today I’m going to give you a little inside information so you’ll know what to be on the look- out for. The design I can’t wait to see is a Teaser puzzle based on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. It’s a little different than our other Teasers, with a clever edge design I think you’ll love.

Samara has a couple other designs in the works that just went through the Testing phase of the design process. They received great reviews so we’ll be working to get those out to you soon. Keep your eye out for another fairy tale themed puzzle and another puzzle that will appeal to your own artistic side.


Stave’s Clever Creations








We’ve been busy here at the Stave Puzzle workshop, crafting beautiful puzzles to delight and challenge you. Take a look at what your fellow puzzlers have been working on. Maybe you’ll see your puzzle shown here!

I’m still waiting to hear your stories about how you got started puzzling. And don’t forget to share where and how you puzzle. In your kitchen or the
dining room? Do you sort by color and edge pieces? Email me

Don’t forget to check out Steve’s whacky photo contest. You might win a $25 gift certificate! Go to to place your guess. You could be our next winner.


Aug 18

Lend a Helping Hand



Great minds think alike. Isnít†that how the saying goes? Letís test†that theory, shall we?

Weíre always striving to come†up with something new here at†Stave. Earlier this summer I was†working with Steve and Molly on†the design for the 35th anniversary†commemorative puzzle. We were†figuring out the list of the 35†elements to include in the puzzle:†whammies, color-line cutting,†phony corner, TroubleMaker,†Trick…you get the idea. It was then†and there I decided to retire before†we hit our 60th anniversary. Thatís†a lot of stuff to get into a puzzle!!

Occasionally we have a contest†on the PuzzleNuts site where we†show you a new puzzle design and†ask for title suggestions. You always†have such great ideas. We even took†it one step further when Stave†artist, Molly Delaney, drew some†cute little donkeys that we couldnít†figure out what to do with. Instead†of racking my brain, we threw it†out to our puzzlers and your†suggestions were awesome! Due to†your ingenuity, Donkey Tonk will†be coming your way, soon!

This tired mind needs your†help, again. Now I want you to do†it all. Iím going to sit back and let†you do the work! (What took me so†long to think of this?!) You can†design your very own Stave puzzle!

Give me the theme

Give me the look

Give me the title

If you can come up with the†fixings for a new Stave Teaser†puzzle, weíll do it!†Now that youíre doing my job,†Iím going on vacation!

Jennifer- Many hands make light work! Lighten my load!!

P.S. See details on the below

puzzle sugg

REMEMBER! Email ME at with your puzzle suggestions.

Aug 6

What’s Going On?

too much fun

Best Laid Plans

I have the best intentions to begin working on this newsletter well in advance of when it needs to be ready. But does that happen? No! Why doesnít it happen?†Because thereís so darn much going on around here!


I start the day by doing a quick overview of whatís on my desk. Freshly cut puzzles that need to be listed as In-stock on the web site,†new orders that have come in and need to be checked over. While Iím doing these things Iíll have several interruptions. ìJenn, can you check this puzzle for me?î ìWhat do you†think about this edge idea?î ìI think I messed up. Help!î These are all things I love doing, especially checking a puzzle before a cutter begins crafting. It gives me a great†opportunity to see whatís going on in their minds. I work with creative geniuses!

I often spend part of my day working on new designs. Molly Delaney might pop in to drop off the finished art for the latest Teaser, Susan Greenleaf may call to go over a new design. Steve is usually†cooking up something new, too, that needs to be discussed.


If Iím really lucky, Iíll talk or email with one of you. I love to hear how you liked your latest puzzle or help you pick your next†one. Oftentimes I feel like Iím talking with an old friend. Last week I spoke with several people who puzzled with us at our anniversary Shindig and I also gave a tour of Stave to a group of four†lovely ladies. What fun women! We chatted and laughed it up while I showed them around. I donít know who had the better time, me or them. I was tempted to take the afternoon off and join them in the†rest of their ventures for the day but the saw was calling me. Puzzlers. You are awesome people!

Life doesn’t get much better than this!


Ring Riders



We love to incorporate the theme of the image with our cutting, both on the edge and in the interior pieces. You never know what you’ll find in a Stave! Areas of solid color lend themselves to beautiful sculpts and fanciful irregular edges.


natural appeal

© Stave Puzzles, Inc., Norwich, Vermont. Stave Puzzles, Inc. owns the copyrights in the puzzle designs, Silhouette designs,and Custom Edge designs of the puzzles

appearing in this mailing. Trick, Monkey Fist, Crazy Claw, Teaser, Twister, Tumbler, TroubleMaker, the Clown and Stave are trademarks of Stave Puzzles, Inc.

Jun 8

Making Progress!

Steve and I just met with Stave artist, Molly Delaney, and handed off the 35th anniversary commemorative puzzle assignment. It is going to be awesome! We’ve loaded it with at least 35 of our puzzling elements, a la Treasure Trove and Palace of Pranks, and Steve has designed several little pockets of trickery that will keep you puzzled for a good long time. Molly has some great ideas for the artwork and she’s already shown us some great sketches. You are going to love it!

May 4


I don’t want to steal Susan’s thunder but I’m so excited about an artist we’ve just begun working with I have to say something! (Does this make me a big mouth?) His images are incredibly beautiful, full of imagination and Fabulous for puzzling. You’re going to be seeing some very special and unique puzzles offered in the next mailing and you’re going to be thrilled. I promise. Have I ever lead you wrong??? Want a hint to help you figure it out while you’re waiting for your newsletter to arrive? Think back, way way way back. Millions of years ago…

© 2009 Stave Puzzles, Inc., Norwich, Vermont. Stave Puzzles, Inc. owns the copyrights in the puzzle designs, Silhouette designs, and Custom Edge designs of the puzzles appearing on this web site. Trick, Monkey Fist, Crazy Claw, Teaser, Twister, Tumbler, TroubleMaker, the Clown and Stave are trademarks of Stave Puzzles, Inc.