Thanks, Erik, good to know you’re on our side!
April 7th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell
April 2nd, 2014 by Jim Coudal
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.
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.
March 19th, 2014 by Jim Coudal
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.”
March 19th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell
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!
March 17th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell
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.
February 7th, 2014 by Jim Coudal
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.
February 7th, 2014 by Bryan Bedell
Back 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.
January 23rd, 2014 by Bryan Bedell
Thanks to several Field Notes users, we’ve been notified of two paper-notebook media appearances this week that deserve our attention:
First, The Onion, once our office newspaper of record, posted the story “New Leather-Bound Notebook To Really Unleash Area Woman’s Creativity.” Clearly their decision to abandon their terrific newspaper to work towards becoming another cat video website was based not on economics, but a sheer hatred of paper.
Second, Bill Gates appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s variety program and proclaimed that “paper tablets will be the next thing to go,” as handwriting-recognition software for tablets and desktop computers improves.
We’re not sure what provoked this flurry of attacks on the modest pocket notebook (and you, its user!) but rest assured we’ll keep making notebooks long after short-sighted people like Bill Gates stop using them. Good luck prying our notebooks, vinyl records, and film cameras from our cold, obsolete hands.