Field Notes

The “Shelterwood” Edition for Spring 2014


We all know that paper is made from wood. Our 22nd FIELD NOTES COLORS seasonal release is made OF wood. 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.

Thanks to the natural texture of the wood, no two “Shelterwood” memo books are the same but all share their origin in the same few hand-picked cherry trees from Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. The wood covers are sustainably produced, with just a few 60″ logs converted into 5000 feet of “Sheer Veneer,” with very little waste (the waste is recycled into wood pellets to heat the factory!). The process can be seen in the film above.

The covers are left uncoated with text printed in a triple-hit of “Ghostflower White” which remains slightly opaque, the wood texture showing through like a faded whitewashed fence. Inside covers are mossy green text on kraft paper. The guts of the books are Finch Fine “Soft White” 70# text stock, the same beefy stock you loved in our “America the Beautiful” Edition. They’re ruled in “Maidenhair Green,” and bound together with three sturdy gold staples



We’ve lost track of how many times we crossed the IL/WI border, at all hours, through one of the worst winters on record to bring you this edition and its accompanying film. We’ve also lost track of all the bratwurst, cheese, and craft beer we’ve smuggled back into Illinois. No one’s happier to see spring arrive (the season and the notebooks!) than we are. We’re happy to say it was all worth it, and we think you’ll be as excited by these notebooks as we are.

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Enjoy the coming of spring! Soon we’ll have forgotten this grueling winter and be outside with the birds and the blossoms and filling our FIELD NOTES with our fresh thoughts and plans for the summer.


Subscribe to FIELD NOTES COLORS and get two “Shelterwood” 3-Packs plus two kraft-cover FIELD NOTES 3-Packs (one Graph, one Mixed) immediately. Over the next year, you’ll get three more quarterly mailings featuring a pair of FIELD NOTES COLORS limited-edition 3-Packs (or equivalent) and other goodies. That adds up to 30 memo books, including “doubles” of each COLORS edition: one to use and one to hoard away for posterity. Never miss a COLORS limited edition! 750 subscriptions are available, for just $97. If you are already a COLORS subscriber, thanks, and yours are already on the way.


If you just want wood in your back pocket without the commitment of a subscription, act quickly, COLORS editions often sell out fast. Shelterwood 3-Packs are $9.95, limit four per customer.

Here’s a list of our previous seasonal editions, and don’t forget to check out the variety of notebooks, writing implements, and other products in our online shop. We’re offering new flat-rate shipping so you might as well load up your cart.