Our new(-ish) black carpenter’s pencils look as good with formal eveningwear as they do in your overall pocket. Just yesterday, Skyler was cleaning the back room and found a fairly large stack of FN/RC No.001 Carpenter Pencil Sharpening Reference Cards that shipped out way back with our “American Tradesman” COLORS edition. So for the first time in nearly two years, we’ll include hard-copy instructions with your carpenter pencil 3-pack, while they last.
Entries from February 2013
February 26th, 2013 by Bryan Bedell
February 25th, 2013 by Bryan Bedell
anorak [ˈænəˌræk] n. [from Eskimo ánorâq]
- (Clothing) a warm waterproof hip-length jacket, usually with a hood
- (Informal) a socially inept person with a hobby considered by most people to be boring
Collins English Dictionary ©2003, HarperCollins Publishers
Even casual Field Notes fans are surely familiar with our COLORS limited-edition notebooks and our subscription service. On the COLORS page, we’ve carefully listed all the editions in great detail, but if you’re a true believer, a real anorak, and you’ve always dreamed of spending 40 minutes watching Jim and Bryan tell the stories behind the notebooks, you are our real friends, and today is your lucky day!
The videos below are split into four parts, by year:
February 18th, 2013 by Bryan Bedell
We love being surprised when our notebooks show up unexpectedly. Michele was skimming Pitchfork the other day, and clicked on the gorgeous, dramatic video for “The Beauty Surrounds” by the band Houses, who recently relocated from our sunny Chicago to the barren wastelands of Los Angeles.
We asked Houses’ Dexter Tortoriello how he uses FIELD NOTES, and how they ended up in the video:
I carry a Field Notes notebook everywhere as a sort of daily place to jot things down, collect pieces of paper, press flowers etc… I’ve filled quite a few and have them in this small box in my bedroom. When talking about the video, we had decided to use a mix of things actually personal to us as well as some real props to set up the shots. The notebooks were special to me, so I brought them. I felt that they fit the concept of the video really well and I had actually drawn out a lot of the shots for the video inside them.
I use Field Notes as a sort of safety net. I don’t always trust technology with important things. There’s something really comforting about keeping a notebook and knowing that the contents aren’t going anywhere unless you want them to. For touring, I’ll usually paste in maps of areas where I’ll be as well as embassy information, close family and friends’ phone numbers, and vital information at the start of the book. Everything after that is open for writing, notes, drawings… whatever, really.
“The Beauty Surrounds” is available now on iTunes.
February 18th, 2013 by Jim Coudal
Excerpts from and comments on Joan Didion’s essay “On Keeping a Notebook”, by Maria Popova.
Why did I write it down? In order to remember, of course, but exactly what was it I wanted to remember? How much of it actually happened? Did any of it? Why do I keep a notebook at all? It is easy to deceive oneself on all those scores. The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself.
February 14th, 2013 by Bryan Bedell
For those keeping track, we’ve just printed the 13th run of Field Notes kraft-cover notebooks. That means Mixed 3-Packs (graph/ruled/plain, shown above) are back in stock (available in the shop). As we run out of other 12th-printing 3-Packs, you’ll start seeing those in your online orders and in shops, too. What does this mean for you? Nothing, really, there’s been no change to our kraft books over the last several printings, we just wanted to share this milestone and let you know about the Mixed 3-Packs.
February 11th, 2013 by Bryan Bedell
Subscriptions to our Expedition edition are now sold out, along with individual 3-Packs. The good news is, we’re gearing up to print a second Expedition edition and once they’re back in stock, they should remain available indefinitely.
If you’re the “leap of faith” sort and want to be sure to not miss the next four editions, Spring 2013 Subscriptions are available now, though of course we can’t tell you what to expect quite yet!
February 1st, 2013 by Bryan Bedell
We’ve replenished our stock of Red Blooded FIELD NOTES just in time for Valentine’s Day, and for a limited time, each red 3-pack will ship with a freebie red “FIELD NOTES loves you” pencil. Red Blooded, and all our other good stuff, is waiting for you in the shop.
We made this video last year, and guys, let me tell you, if you want all the ladies fawning over you, just make a video about how much you love your wife:
No coupon needed. We’ll include one free “FIELD NOTES loves you” pencil with every 3-Pack of FIELD NOTES Red Blooded notebooks, while supplies last. Order soon to ensure timely shipping for Valentine’s Day!