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Latest and Greatest

On the Horizon
Spring is a time for fresh, new things like lambs, daffodils, and mud, if you’re living in Vermont. It’s also a time for new puzzle designs. In addition to a few new designs from your favorite Stave artists like Molly Delaney, Susan Greenleaf and Cheryl Johnson, we’ve got some great new things cooking up with STEVE! As you probably know, Steve and Martha head South every April to get away from the neverending snow here in Vermont. There must be something about all that sun providing a boost of Vitamin D because we can always count on Steve to come back with loads of new puzzle ideas. Who knew Vitamin D was beneficial for puzzle designing?! We’ve received several emails with a first look into what he’s cooking up and I’m loving it!

First and foremost, Steve’s been working on our new Limited Edition puzzle, Atlantis. We’ve been brain-storming on this off and on for a while now and he’s finally got a handle on where this puzzle is going. Get ready for a hand – painted, multilayer puzzle that will knock your socks off !

We’ve been lamenting the need for more 4-sword Teasers and guess what. Steve’s cooked up a new concept to give you just that! We’ll begin cutting a prototype in the next week or so and get it out to test so we can make sure it holds up to all you Ace Teaser puzzlers.

Steve’s also working on a new 2-way Trick puzzle design. It sounds like it will be a 3 or 4 bolt difficulty level, not as tough as Fred & Ginger or Olivia but tougher than what most of you are probably used to. The theme of the puzzle will probably be tied in to the Mayan theory that the world will end in 2012. Let’s hope we can get it to final art before then!

We’re getting close to the finish line on the new cat themed 2-way Trick puzzle that’s kind of a cousin to the doggie themed, Bark in the Park. I’ve got one more test cut to do and if it passes muster Stave artist, Molly Delaney, will go to paint! It’s darn cute and sure to please all you cat loving Trick puzzlers. Molly is also working on a new beach themed Teaser which will be ready just in time for vacation puzzling this summer.

We have another new Teaser design by Molly debuting this week. Do you remember about a year ago when we showed a couple of cute donkey sketches on PuzzleNuts and asked for help in choosing the theme and title based on the cute little guys? Here it is! PuzzleNuts Kristen and Jennifer had a combined effort in suggesting a barn dancing theme with a title of Donkey Tonk.

A short while ago we showed you a new Teaser puzzle called Your High-ness by Stave crafter and artist, Samara Cary. She’s done it again! You’re getting the first look at A Giant Dilemma. It got great reviews by our Testers and I think you’re going to love it, too.

Cheryl Johnson, Stave artist living in Maine, is finishing up the first puzzle in the new United States series. Can you guess what state we did first? You’ll get a peek at it in my next newsletter.

More Good Things Coming Your Way
Just arrived in my mailbox… I just received Mouse Pad from Stave artist, Susan Greenleaf. I guess we’ll just have to give you a peek at that one in my next newsletter, too. You guys have a lot to look forward to!!!

Guess this Rebus!
Thanks to all those who sent answers to the rebus game in the last newsletter. You guys are good!! Puzzler C.M. of N.Y. was the first to get the correct answers: Market Share, Harvest Time and Come Sail Away.

Here’s another one for you.

The first person to email me with the correct answer to this rebus will win a prize! Email your guesses to me at jennifer@stave.com

 

Lend a Helping Hand

caps

Food†for†Thought

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 Jennifer@stave.com with your puzzle suggestions.

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.


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!

Help Us Design a Teaser Puzzle

donkeysA new contest is happening now on StavePuzzlenuts.com

Stave artist, Molly Delaney, has gotten us started by drawing a few cute little donkeys, BUT what will the frame and the name be?

We want your suggestions for the theme of this new Teaser puzzle. You could win Stave Goodies or the New Teaser puzzle if we use your suggestions.

Get all the detail and join the contest at StavePuzzleNuts.com !

Look here, sports fans!

Hey all you sports fans! I just wanted to give you a heads up on some new puzzles we’re working on. Stave artist, Molly Delaney, is working on a new set of sports themed Teaser puzzles and they’re looking great! We’re still in the designing phase but the ones we’ve had tested got great reviews so we’re moving closer to final art on a couple of them. Whether you’re a golfer or a baseball fan, a football fanatic or a tennis pro, we’ll have something for you!! (Did I tell you I’m taking tennis lessons? I’ll be playing at Wimbledon this summer, for sure!) Keep your eye out for these great new Teaser puzzles and in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at two them in early art stages.testers_20100408142816_00001

Latest and Greatest

On the Horizon
Spring is a time for fresh, new things like lambs, daffodils, and mud, if you’re living in Vermont. It’s also a time for new puzzle designs. In addition to a few new designs from your favorite Stave artists like Molly Delaney, Susan Greenleaf and Cheryl Johnson, we’ve got some great new things cooking up with STEVE! As you probably know, Steve and Martha head South every April to get away from the neverending snow here in Vermont. There must be something about all that sun providing a boost of Vitamin D because we can always count on Steve to come back with loads of new puzzle ideas. Who knew Vitamin D was beneficial for puzzle designing?! We’ve received several emails with a first look into what he’s cooking up and I’m loving it!

First and foremost, Steve’s been working on our new Limited Edition puzzle, Atlantis. We’ve been brain-storming on this off and on for a while now and he’s finally got a handle on where this puzzle is going. Get ready for a hand – painted, multilayer puzzle that will knock your socks off !

We’ve been lamenting the need for more 4-sword Teasers and guess what. Steve’s cooked up a new concept to give you just that! We’ll begin cutting a prototype in the next week or so and get it out to test so we can make sure it holds up to all you Ace Teaser puzzlers.

Steve’s also working on a new 2-way Trick puzzle design. It sounds like it will be a 3 or 4 bolt difficulty level, not as tough as Fred & Ginger or Olivia but tougher than what most of you are probably used to. The theme of the puzzle will probably be tied in to the Mayan theory that the world will end in 2012. Let’s hope we can get it to final art before then!

We’re getting close to the finish line on the new cat themed 2-way Trick puzzle that’s kind of a cousin to the doggie themed, Bark in the Park. I’ve got one more test cut to do and if it passes muster Stave artist, Molly Delaney, will go to paint! It’s darn cute and sure to please all you cat loving Trick puzzlers. Molly is also working on a new beach themed Teaser which will be ready just in time for vacation puzzling this summer.

We have another new Teaser design by Molly debuting this week. Do you remember about a year ago when we showed a couple of cute donkey sketches on PuzzleNuts and asked for help in choosing the theme and title based on the cute little guys? Here it is! PuzzleNuts Kristen and Jennifer had a combined effort in suggesting a barn dancing theme with a title of Donkey Tonk.

A short while ago we showed you a new Teaser puzzle called Your High-ness by Stave crafter and artist, Samara Cary. She’s done it again! You’re getting the first look at A Giant Dilemma. It got great reviews by our Testers and I think you’re going to love it, too.

Cheryl Johnson, Stave artist living in Maine, is finishing up the first puzzle in the new United States series. Can you guess what state we did first? You’ll get a peek at it in my next newsletter.

More Good Things Coming Your Way
Just arrived in my mailbox… I just received Mouse Pad from Stave artist, Susan Greenleaf. I guess we’ll just have to give you a peek at that one in my next newsletter, too. You guys have a lot to look forward to!!!

Guess this Rebus!
Thanks to all those who sent answers to the rebus game in the last newsletter. You guys are good!! Puzzler C.M. of N.Y. was the first to get the correct answers: Market Share, Harvest Time and Come Sail Away.

Here’s another one for you.

The first person to email me with the correct answer to this rebus will win a prize! Email your guesses to me at jennifer@stave.com

 

Lend a Helping Hand

caps

Food†for†Thought

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 Jennifer@stave.com with your puzzle suggestions.

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.


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!

Help Us Design a Teaser Puzzle

donkeysA new contest is happening now on StavePuzzlenuts.com

Stave artist, Molly Delaney, has gotten us started by drawing a few cute little donkeys, BUT what will the frame and the name be?

We want your suggestions for the theme of this new Teaser puzzle. You could win Stave Goodies or the New Teaser puzzle if we use your suggestions.

Get all the detail and join the contest at StavePuzzleNuts.com !

Look here, sports fans!

Hey all you sports fans! I just wanted to give you a heads up on some new puzzles we’re working on. Stave artist, Molly Delaney, is working on a new set of sports themed Teaser puzzles and they’re looking great! We’re still in the designing phase but the ones we’ve had tested got great reviews so we’re moving closer to final art on a couple of them. Whether you’re a golfer or a baseball fan, a football fanatic or a tennis pro, we’ll have something for you!! (Did I tell you I’m taking tennis lessons? I’ll be playing at Wimbledon this summer, for sure!) Keep your eye out for these great new Teaser puzzles and in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at two them in early art stages.testers_20100408142816_00001