Field Notes

Entries from August 2010

Field Notes Public Service Announcement:

The Farmer. The Salesman. The Minister. The Boy Scout. The Doctor. The Architect. The Naturalist. The Student.

August 27th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell

The Manly Tradition of the Pocket Notebook. By Brett & Kate McKay. Essential reading and the comment-thread is great too.

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Retail Additions:

Lots of Dots

August 26th, 2010 by Michele Seiler

One Potato

The photo above is from the brand new brick and mortar store of our very first online retailer, Three Potato Four. The new shop looks amazing and opens August 28th, if you’re in Philly, stop in and say hi to Stu and Janice. The lazy days of summer have been anything but lazy when it comes to adding new retailers to the Field Notes family! We have a big list to get through so off we go! We welcome our first retailer in Alabama, the nice folks at Auburn Hardware in Auburn. Heading over to Canton OH and the Malone University bookstore and then over to St. Paul MN and the nice folks at Micawbers Books. Moving on to Albuquerque NM and the lovely Farm Shop at Los Poblanos and then enjoying the sea breezes in Seal Beach CA where we find Golden State Goods. Taking a drive up the coast to Portland OR you’ll spot the fab new shop from Core 77, Hand-Eye Supply. Back in the Midwest in the Windy City, we welcome the Academy Bookstore at IADT Chicago and then we head back to PA and say hi to Trove General in Paoli. Across the pond we find Denim + in Bussum, The Netherlands and last but not least, we head down under and the fine folks at Division 2. Phew! A big welcome to all our new retailers!

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Products · Special Offers:

Back to School with Neon Ice Pops Pack

August 25th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell

neonglowOur new Neon Ice Pop Pack contains our Neon Ice Pop 3-Pack with three matching pencils (orange, yellow and green). The Field Notes feature 48 “summer sky” blue 3/16″ graph interior pages, and it’s all held together by our famous FN-09 “Band of Rubber.” They look great under a blacklight (as pictured), but you pretty much need to squint to look at them in regular light, too. More details and order info here.

If you’re on our email list, you ordered your Neon Ice Pops a few days ago, and they’re already on its way. Join our email list up in the top left-hand corner of the site!

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Blooming Beautiful

August 18th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell

Our Spring COLORS edition, Packet of Sunshine, comes with a small envelope full of American Marigold seeds of the “Crackerjack” variety. They worked out totally great for jrengelmann, just check out his Flickr set. There are just a couple COLORS subscriptions starting with Packet of Sunshine left available. If you start a subscription with those, you’ll also get the Summer COLORS edition, County Fair, right away, and then Fall and Winter too when they’re released. Use the coupon code MARIGOLD and save $20 while they last.

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Field Notes In Action · Products:

Renegade Pencils and Mongolian FIELD NOTES

August 11th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell

Ewan, John, and Jason, collectively Renegade Pencils, are on their way to Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia in an ambulance. They’re participating in The Mongol Rally, partnering with Pencils of Promise to raise money to build three schools. When they get there, they’ll also donate the ambulance. Their blog features great photo, video, and text updates from the road, and you can follow their progress on this map. As of this writing, they’re in Kazakhstan and already have loads of great stories to tell.

FN_MongolWe wanted to support the Renegade Pencils (and their cause) from the comfort of our air-conditioned office, so we outfitted them with special “Road to Mongolia” FIELD NOTES. These books are just like our regular graph paper books, but carefully translated into Mongolian, inside and out, by our new friend Otgonbayar at It was no small challenge, but the wistful charm of our original text was preserved. We hope.

If you’d like to support the effort too, AND score a very-limited-edition notebook, you have two options. Hunt down the ambulance on the road to Ulaan Baatar, or order below. Only 400 3-Packs will be sold online, and $5 from each purchase goes to Pencils of Promise.


Big thanks to everyone who made a purchase.
We’re sending $2,500 off to Pencils of Promise.

“Road to Mongolia” edition FIELD NOTES will ship August 20, 2010.

This special edition is not included in our COLORS subscription service.

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