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Stave Puzzles 101: What Is a Trick Puzzle?

Oh where oh where do we start with this? Historically Tricks have been some of the hardest puzzles Stave makes. However, in recent years, this has changed with some new, even harder types of puzzle designs including Troublemakers that often have multiple solutions or another category called Tormentors that are also becoming more popular. For … Continued

Stave Puzzles 101: What Is a Teaser Puzzle?

Whether you are new to the world of wood puzzles, specifically Staves, or experienced at doing traditional puzzles and looking for your next challenge, have we got a type of puzzle for you, drum roll please…Stave Teasers. Stave has been pushing puzzle innovation for nearly 50 years now and always seem to come up with … Continued

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A Sort of Movie Review of Puzzle

What if your whole world got turned upside down by doing a puzzle? For a bored housewife named Agnes it did, and that is the premise of the movie Puzzle. Before I go further, let me first start off by saying I am no movie critic. In fact, outside of an 8th grade essay, I … Continued

The Power of Jigsaw Puzzles to Bring People Together

There is something unique about a puzzle, more than any other indoor activity I can think of, that creates such a strong emotional connection for people. I can’t begin to tell you the number of times we have had a wood puzzle out on the table when guests are over. I would say almost 100% … Continued

The Dog Ate My Puzzle – I Couldn’t Do It!

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve finished dinner, cleaned up and now are settling into your favorite puzzling chair to get going on a fun evening of puzzling. You have been working on this particular puzzle for three weeks now, most every evening spending 2-3 hours on this 1500 piece monster that has loads … Continued

3 Tips on How to Pick out a Stave Puzzle as a Gift

We are sometimes asked to give suggestions on what type of Stave Puzzle to give as a gift. Whether it is for the winter holidays, birthday or other special occasion, your puzzling friend or loved one will no doubt appreciate any Stave that they receive. That being said, here are 3 suggestions to help you … Continued

Overview of the 12th Puzzle Parley

We just got back from the 12th Puzzle Parley and had an amazing time. For those not familiar with the Parley, it is held every other year and is a weekend of non-stop “everything wooden puzzle”; cutting workshops, informational panels, puzzle history talks, puzzle sales and,of course, puzzling! This year, as in previous years, it … Continued

Review of the Jigsort Jigsaw Puzzle Case by Jigthings

Jigthings is a company that sells a range of products for puzzlers. They have puzzle tables, puzzles cases, frames and other storage items to keep puzzles safe and secure. Given the much larger size of the cardboard puzzle market, the products seem primarily designed for that market. However, as a “wood puzzler” I was looking … Continued