Puzzle Maker, Bill Thompson, Gibson's Gallery at the Greenbrier's Art Colony

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Puzzle Maker, Bill Thompson, at the Gibson's Gallery at the Greenbrier's Art Colony

                      

When you enter Gibson's Gallery and go upstairs to the production area, in the corner you will find Bill Thompson, the Puzzle Maker, busy making a new and different puzzle.

 

Bill Thompson, puzzle maker

 

Bill Thompson is 87 years old and has been making puzzles for 18 years at the Greenbrier.  The puzzles are made out of copper and soldered with silver.  He has ten puzzles in his collection.  His best-seller, The Heart Puzzle, is relatively simple but will amaze and mystify any audience.  His most difficult puzzle, The Devil’s Needle, requires 36 calculated moves and confounds everyone. 

 

Bill makes four or five puzzles each day.  He says "When I make a puzzle, I sell it quickly.  I have no inventory because they fly out the door.  No one knows how to solve the puzzle initially, but when you buy one from me, I will give you a lesson and no one will be able to figure out the puzzle.  I guarantee."  I tried to solve the puzzle that Bill is holding in this picture, but I just couldn't do it.

 

Bill is the fourth generation puzzle maker.  His grandfather was a goldsmith from London. "My grandfather made ten puzzles for me when I was ten years old.”  My uncle, Stuart Thompson, graduated from Cambridge, Mass., and started a manufacturing business in Dayton, Ohio and would make puzzles for me.  My dad, David Thompson, was a baker as well as a puzzle maker." 

 

He even will customize his puzzles for his customers.  Frequently, he makes puzzles for honeymooners and engraves it with their anniversary date.

 

Bill says his vocation is an artist and has a painting in the Cochran Gallery in Washington, DC.  In 1973, he had a painting on display in the Smithsonian Institute. He said “Senator Joe McCarthy wrote that I was a communist artist because of my controversial painting, The Dove of Peace.”


Painting "Dove of Peace" by Bill Thompson

"Dove of Peace" by Bill Thompson .... Doesn't look controversial to me.

 

Bill is a long-term resident of White Sulphur Springs and he started the first art class in the woman's prison in Alderson, WV.

 

Stop in and visit with Bill Thompson.  Watch him make a puzzle, stay awhile and talk with him.  He has a lot of history to share and loves to talk about his work.

 

Puzzle Maker at Gibson's Gallery

Artist Colony at The Greenbrier Hotel
300 West Main Street
White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986

Hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

304-536-3437

 

 

 

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Kathy Streib
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Rebecca- now I'm really sorry we did not go to the Greenbrier when we lived in VA.

Oct 02, 2010 01:47 PM #1
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Kathy, remember the winter package rates are $59 a night during the weekend and $109 weekends.  No excuse.......... come visit WV

Oct 02, 2010 02:20 PM #2
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Rebecca,

What a great story about Bill the puzzle maker, as well as his painting of the dove of peace.  I sure would love to see his puzzles.  I like puzzles, thanks for this.  A

Oct 02, 2010 05:40 PM #3
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Bob & Leilani Souza
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Rebecca, a visit with Bill the Puzzle Maker sounds like a fun, intriguing way to spend some time...I'd love to learn one of his puzzle lessons and have a puzzle that no one can figure out! Of course, I'd share my puzzle secret with them if they asked. :)

Leilani

Oct 02, 2010 07:01 PM #4
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Rebecca, you tell wonderful stories and I love coming over here to see what you are up to. I sure would love to meet Bill and so would my husband, David. What a facinating person. I don't believe that he got harrassed over his art. Amazing. Thanks for sharing this great person with us. My favorite things is a good story.

Oct 03, 2010 01:32 AM #5
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Ron and Alexandra, the puzzles are very hard to solve..when you buy one he shows you it to solve it.

Leilani, it was fun and intriguing.

Jeanean, Bill is very interesting and I do not see anything controversial about the painting.

Oct 03, 2010 03:52 AM #6
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Bill Gassett
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Rebecca you always do a great job keeping folks up to speed on some of the great local businesses!

Oct 03, 2010 04:40 AM #7
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Bill, thanks so much! I do my best.

Oct 03, 2010 05:22 AM #8
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Rebecca ~ I love these types of puzzles.  My 16 year old nephew does as well.  Too bad, the puzzle maker isn't closer to where we live!

Oct 03, 2010 07:20 AM #9
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Dawn, he will take orders by phone :)

Oct 03, 2010 02:56 PM #10
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Rebecca, I have just got to go the the Arts Colony to see all these wonderful shops you have written about.

Oct 03, 2010 03:28 PM #11
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Mickey, what are you waiting for..call me and I'll go with you.

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