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.
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.