I hate to be that guy who fawns all over a product, but dang it, Field Notes makes it so easy.
Just when you don’t think they can top themselves, they release a woodgrain notebook.
This this is beautiful:
Field Notes Shelterwood
From their website:
The “Shelterwood” edition features covers made from actual American Cherry wood, sliced ever-so-thin and bonded to a substrate of kraft paper for durability. We believe we’re the first notebook company to manufacture such a product at such a scale.
As with all of their quarterly releases, this includes a short video showcasing the production of it. It’s fascinating how they shave the wood off the log so thin:
Presumably the wood is extremely pliable, but as we discussed over at Field Nuts, this is not a back-pants-pocket notebook; it’s a front-shirt-pocket notebook for sure.
I feel like it was made especially for us wooden pencil fanatics. It’s a woodclinched notebook!
Once I get my hands on one, I’ll post some shots of the grain. (Why don’t I have the annual subscription again?)
The notebook is $9.95 for a three pack, available here. And once it’s gone, it’s gone!
I just opened my back of “Drink Local” edition Field Notes and started writing in the golden Pilsner notebook. It’s gorgeous, and the 120# “Dull” coated cover is amazing to touch, and holds up well in my back pocket.
My only problem? The inside cover. It’s black, and none of my pencils can leave a visible mark.
At Target today, I found a five-pack of gel pens on clearance which included one in white. It has the smeary, skippy ink flow that many cheap gel pens have, but it does the trick:
I guess gel pens do have their uses outside of tweens doodling in notebooks. I guess I’ll keep this pen around for just this occasion.
Not that I’m complaining! I’m a big fan of both this new Field Notes edition, and of Apple’s iOS 7 design.
“Cold Horizon” is literally a very flat design—with that glossy cover, there’s really no toothy texture to it. And while that gorgeous Futura doesn’t really compare to an equally gorgeous Helvetica Neue, still.
It’s interesting because iOS 7 was a departure from the “skeuomorphic” look of the previous design, to get away from making it look like it’s a physical environment. In a funny turn of events, the physical environment is redesigned to look like it!
What do you think? Do you see it?
I think me and the Coudal Partners are soulmates. They always know exactly what I like to see. Last month, I posted the video they made about the assembly of the Raven’s Wing black Field Notes packs, and today, they published a 7-minute long video about the guy who runs the presses:
As I’ve said many times before, I love this stuff. Dan from Freeport Press is someone who knows his letterpressing, and it’s clear that he takes a lot of pride in his work. I think it definitely shows in the product.
If you have seven minutes to spare, check it out. If you don’t — well, come back and watch it later!
Following up on how printing ink is made, I wanted to bring you some letterpress porn. I could watch these videos all day. This one is from Field Notes, who I’ve discussed previously and just announced a new color in their lineup: “Raven’s Wing“. It’s a good looking notebook. Seriously. If I didn’t already have too many of the regular Field Notes cahiers, I would totally get a pack of these.
I can’t think of anything I don’t love about this video. The rousing old-timey march spun slightly too slow on an old record player, the press shooting off uniformly attractive black notebook covers efficiently, or just the knowledge that the resulting product will be a beautiful black Field Notes cahier.
In any case, check it out. It’ll bring a tear to the scribomechanical enthusiasts’ eye.