Stave Puzzles are rad

While in Arizona, I get to put together a Stave Puzzle.  Dad and Barb know someone who knows someone in the Stave Puzzle world.  Those people lend Barb their Stave Puzzles.

Stave Puzzles are wooden puzzles that are cut by hand and have great artwork.  They are also very difficult to assemble, as they don’t come with a picture and some of the pieces are tricky.  And it just gets harder as there are fewer and fewer pieces.  Near the end of this one, there were times when I just tried every available piece to find the one that fit. And that boarder almost killed me.

Here’s a detail.  The puzzles are customizable–this one had the names of the grandchildren–and have silhouette pieces in different shapes like birds, and the traditional Stave Jester.

This one was a tiny bit easier due to the words  If you look at the bottom of this photo, you can see the name Brad spelled out as a puzzle piece.

Once we got to the castle area things got hard. Upside down and in the right corner of this puzzle, you can see the piece that says Hannah.  And the name Rod is visible on the right side of the moat.

After I came home, I suggested to my  boss that we buy a Stave Puzzle for a celebration at work, given that we usually have a jigsaw puzzle going.  Then I looked at the prices.  Crikey!  I was told they were expensive, but I had no idea. I couldn’t find this puzzle on their site, but, for example, this Peony Bouqet starts at $837.00 for a 6×9-inch version.  Based on those prices, I’m guessing I was putting together a puzzle that cost $2,500

Rich people have cool things.

4 thoughts on “Stave Puzzles are rad”

    1. I know! It makes me wonder how many other really cool things rich people have access to that I don’t even know about.

  1. As I was reading your post, I thought to myself, “I bet those are expensive.” Still WAY more expensive than I was thinking! Wow!

    I actually love jigsaw puzzles and finally bought a few within the last year or so. Unfortunately, my cat loves to eat the pieces, so I need to either assemble and disassemble them all in one night, or they have to be small enough that I can cover them with a towel or some such. Still, they’re a great way to pass the time while watching something like a documentary!

    The Stave puzzles are super cool. I’m so impressed by the craftsmanship. I think not having a picture to work off of would make me nuts though.

    1. I like the challenge of not looking at the picture even when there is one, so I was okay with no picture. My co-worker did a complex jigsaw puzzle and developed a method of sorting pieces into numbers of innie/outies on each piece. I thought that was a smart way to deal with a lot of solid color.

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