Field Notes

Colors:

Ramble On

April 10th, 2014 by Jim Coudal

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Sort of a “Director’s Commentary” about all our Field Notes COLORS seasonal editions, just not as interesting. Bryan and I go through all the releases, by year, in a series of video recaps.

Field Notes In Action:

…And One for Justice.

April 7th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell

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Erik Schneider included some Field Notes love in “To Do,” a comic he drew up for Chicago Zine Fest.

Thanks, Erik, good to know you’re on our side!

Colors:

With the Grain

April 2nd, 2014 by Jim Coudal

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In the past, we’ve seen people doing occasional modifications and customizations to their FIELD NOTES editions. In fact, we released an edition that was created to be 100% customized, The “Dry Transfer” Edition, from the Spring of 2011. Now, check this very cool mod to our new Shelterwoods.

“Here is a quick video I made showing how I apply an easy, fine-woodworking finish to protect and pop the natural beauty of the wood.” Andy Hullinger stained his Field Notes Shelterwood Editions. While we’re on the topic, thanks to Josh Ginter and Ed Jelly for their thoughtful reviews, and congrats to Brad and Myke on the 100th Episode of the always excellent Pen Addict Podcast.

Field Notes Public Service Announcement:

New Flat Rate Shipping to Everywhere

March 19th, 2014 by Jim Coudal

Order a little, order a lot. Starting now, it all ships for the same low price. So load up that cart. In the USA we’ll ship whatever you order for $4 without tracking via the USPS, or just $7 with tracking via Standard FedEx Ground. Everywhere else, $7 covers shipping that takes 2-3 weeks to arrive. Shipping for the 4 shipments of a COLORS Subscription is now just $12, to anywhere.

Field Notes Public Service Announcement:

Field Notes Presents
The 2014 Tournament of Books

March 19th, 2014 by Jim Coudal

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We’re happy to be the title sponsor of the 10th edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books that’s going on right now.

From TMN: “In case you’re new to all this, the ToB is an annual springtime event here at The Morning News, where a group of the best works of fiction from last year enter a March Madness-style battle royale. In March, these novels will be seeded and paired off in an NCAA Tournament-like bracket. For each pairing, one of our esteemed judges will read both novels and advance one, with a transparent explanation of how they made their decision.”

Field Notes In Action:

Unidentified Field Noted Objects

March 19th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell

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Several FIELD NOTES users have reported an unusal FIELD NOTES sighting on Discovery Channel’s “Close Encounters” television program. Episode 7 features a dramatization of the 1980 “Rendlesham Forest Incident” near an Air Force base in Suffolk, England. According to Wikipedia: “Sgt. Jim Penniston later claimed to have encountered a ‘craft of unknown origin’ and to have made detailed notes of its features, touched its “warm” surface, and copied the numerous symbols on its body.”

So… yet another reason to keep FIELD NOTES (and your Fisher Space Pen) on hand at all times!

Products:

A Delivery from Outer Space

March 18th, 2014 by Jim Coudal

The handsome and versatile FIELD NOTES Space Pens in matte black and the iconic chrome are now back in stock! They go perfectly with our virtually indestructible EXPEDITION EDITION of memo books.

Jimmy Stamp for Smithsonian Magazine on the history of the Space Pen, To Boldly Write Where No Man Has Written Before.

Field Notes In Action:

“A Testament to the Work I’ve Done”

March 17th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell

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Longtime Field Notes user Brett Peters had a pretty bad day last week:

Yesterday, my company closed without warning. There was no more money left, and with no money, none of us had jobs. I work from home, so I didn’t have the physical sense of cleaning out my office. I didn’t leave a space to never come back to it – instead, there’s the corner where my computer sits, where I’ve happily worked for years.

So this morning I sat down to clean out my office. I build… built virtual carriers, carriers which use the wireless networks of companies like Sprint and Clearwire. Virtual things don’t leave evidence behind. There wasn’t a lot to clean out, but there were my Field Notes notebooks. 22 of them. I’d managed millions of dollars of expenses with those little books, millions of dollars of project revenue with them.

Those I can keep. That stack of little books is a testament to the work I’ve done.

Hearing that means a lot to us, that our little notebooks can provide at least a bit of comfort and familiarity in the midst of a terrible situation. For people (most of us, these days) who spend most of their time in the magical realm of the internet, spending years of their life working hard to provide an etherial but necessary service, a tangible, well-worn notebook can help keep it all in perspective.

Our best wishes go out to Brett, you can read much more detail about his job and his Field Notes on his blog. If your company is looking for an IT guy, we hope you’ll give him a shout.

Field Notes In Action:

Mission Accomplished!

February 7th, 2014 by Jim Coudal

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Check out “A Great Adventure,” the Scott Expeditions five-minute summary video on the completed journey. Yay team.

We’re totally psyched to be a sponsor of Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere, and their now successful Scott Expedition, an 1,800-mile unsupported trek completing Captain Scott’s ill-fated journey from 100 years ago. The crew took our Expedition Edition along for note-taking on this historic journey to the South Pole and back again on foot. Find more information at the Expedition blog.

Field Notes In Action:

Expedition: Expectation and Experience

February 7th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell

FNtestCBack in the Winter of 2012, we put our waterproof, tearproof Expedition notebooks through 12 tests. Some were rigorous, some were kind of silly, one (above) was sort of more toxic than we expected, but none of our testing compared to the real-world challenge for which they were designed: Ben Saunders’ journey on foot to the South Pole and back. As it turned out, Ben’s trip was delayed until this winter, but today, after years of planning and training, Ben and Tarka finished their amazing trek. They have more important things than Field Notes PR to worry about right now (eating, sleeping, healing, getting back to their families and friends) but we’ve caught glimpses of well-used Expeditions through their adventure, and we look forward to learning how their Expedition books were used and how they held up. So celebrate their success today, and keep watching this space.