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Downtime at HQ

August 18th, 2015 by Matthew Jorgensen

Occasionally (rarely) we have downtime here at Field Notes Midwest HQ. Sometimes we play foosball, sometimes we go out for ice cream sundaes. This time we made key improvements to our packing room chalk wall.

This video, of course, has absolutely nothing to do with anything, and especially nothing to do with our Colors Editions. We can neither confirm nor deny that we simply did this for fun, and for no other reason at all.

Music by Joseph Blanski at MossTapes.


Handy Around the House

August 15th, 2015 by Jim Coudal

Workshop Companion

Our Summer COLORS Edition, The Workshop Companion is going fast, these special limited-edition box sets are still available individually and by subscription. So you know, our Fall release is already in the works. For that one we’re employing a classic production process that we’ve never attempted before, to achieve a new, custom look.

Field Notes In Action:

Fighting Fires With Field Notes

August 11th, 2015 by Dawson


Jean Pierre sent in some photos from his recent trip as part of a 20 man wildland firefighting crew sent to battle fires near Ruby, Alaska. With our Expedition Edition by his side, Jean Pierre met up with the rest of his team in Denver. From there the group flew up to Seattle, picked up their line gear, then continued on to Anchorage where they boarded smaller prop planes for the final leg into Ruby.

In Ruby, we were tasked with maintaining and improving a “hand line” that was setup to protect native allotments, as well as cabins that were situated South-East of the town itself. We also laid 3,000 yards of trunkline hose and 1,200 yards of nozzle hose, to aid in our mopup operations. The inventory for the equipment used on this line was taken on yours-truly’s FIELD NOTES. When the time came to relinquish the list, it proved to be a challenge since the Yupo paper was tear proof. Eventually we had to use a knife and now, I’m missing a leaf (and it’s counterpart in my memo book!)


On the 5th day working the Bruno Creek fires, we were dispatched to help secure another line. This one was laid down hastily to protect the Atchley homestead / cabin, some 200 miles east of the town of Ruby, in what is considered Alaskan wilderness. Meaning the only way for us to get there, was by helicopter!

We were ferried in four groups of 5 with only part of our gear as the plan was to have us stay there 24 hours. On the third day, the rest of our gear was dropped in, along with various supplies, as it was clear we were staying there for the remainder of our assignment.

We ended up putting in close to a mile of handline that was sixty feet wide in some spots. Our sawyers were working from one full tank to another, only stopping to fill their chainsaws with premixed gasoline and bar oil. Meanwhile, we were swamping all the wood they were cutting into the “green,” also know as the other side of the handline, in relation to where the fire is coming from.

Heading out to the 64.67890 / -154.43654 – you can see the smoke plum from the fire-head in the background.

I took copious notes relating to my squad’s daily schedule… Inventorying gear, keeping count of break time vs work time, but more importantly, information about the fire weather (relative humidity, dry bulb and wet bulb temperatures, wind speed, etc.) – the latter are an indicator of the expected fire behavior in our vicinity as we had our lookout “sling weather” – a term referring to the act of rotating both the dry and wet bulb thermometers.

At one point, one of my colleagues got curious and wanted to know what kind of notebook I was writing on. When I handed him the note book, he turned to the last page and started reading from it. For some reason, we were so tired and sore from our 16 hour work day that we started laughing like a bunch of crazies. He read it out loud, with a hint of British nobility in his tone and that made it even funnier.


Much appreciation and admiration goes out to Jean Pierre and his comrades for all that they do. From photos and 60 second news clips it’s hard to grasp how much hard work, blood, and sweat goes into fighting these dangerous flames. After a brief and well-deserved break Jean Pierre is heading back out this week to take on some of the wildfires raging through Northern California.

Retail Additions:

Another Story

July 31st, 2015 by Dawson


Across the world from FIELD NOTES HQ, tucked away on the fourth floor of a gorgeous new mall in Bangkok, you’ll find Another Story. The shop just opened this spring and imports products with a story from around the world, as well as items from local Thai designers.

With a huge collection of clothing, antiques, art, home goods, jewelry, flowers, and a wide range of FIELD NOTES products, you’re guaranteed to find something special at Another Story. There’s even a cafe and bar which we hear is a great place to take a break, sip a glass of wine, and jot down some notes.


Field News · Field Notes In Action:

Two Great Field Notes Fansites

July 23rd, 2015 by Bryan Bedell

We admit, we haven’t been the most diligent bloggers lately, we’ve been busy “makin’ the doughnuts” (and by “doughnuts” we mean “pocket memo books,” but hmm maybe we do need a doughnut edition?). But if you’re itching to read more about FIELD NOTES, and especially our COLORS editions, you might want to check out these two great fan sites:


Jinnie’s great Three Staples features great stationery-related links along with excellent photos and reviews of her FIELD NOTES collection.


Andy at Field Notes Colors has managed to collect all the COLORS editions, and is blogging about each as he uses them. He’s also compiled a complete list of the Practical Applications listed in each book.

If that’s still not enough hot FIELD NOTES action, don’t forget about the Field Nuts group on Facebook (celebrating their two-year anniversary today!), and the Field Notes in the Field tumblr. There are other good independent third-party sites, but we’ll save some for another post. Gotta keep the blog fresh, right?

And remember, you can always get your officially-sanctioned FIELD NOTES info straight from the horse’s mouth via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, or pretty much anywhere, using the hashtag #fieldnotesbrand. We can’t express how great it is to see so many customers going out of their way to share their love for FIELD NOTES!

And there’s only one way to be the first to learn about new releases and specials: Join our mailing list! Enter your email in the top-left corner here at!

Retail Additions:

Landing In Lagos

July 23rd, 2015 by Dawson


We’re stoked to be shipping Field Notes to our very first retailer in Nigeria. Located in Lagos, Stranger stocks a nice selection of designer clothing and also serves coffee and tea from the adjoining Magenta Room.

Here’s a brief tongue-in-cheek overview of the store and all of its features.

Retail Additions:

Island Hopping

July 14th, 2015 by Dawson


Summer is finally here and that means BBQs, flip flops and road trips. Here’s a brief roundup of some of our more remote retailers should you find yourself in their neck of the woods during a summer vacation.

Skull Creek General Store on Hilton Head sports a nice selection of coastal gear along with our latest Workshop Companion box set. If you’re planning a Midwest road trip be sure to hop the ferry over to Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island. We also suggest picking up a brick or two of fudge before heading back to the mainland. And if you find yourself sunning on the beaches of O’ahu pop in to Oliver and check out their menswear collection. They’re also stocked up on Hawaii County Fair packs if you need more books for your seaside scribbles.

Check out our handy map for more shops to visit this summer.

Colors · Field News:

Two Rivers: Sold Out

July 7th, 2015 by Bryan Bedell

Our Spring COLORS, edition, “Two Rivers,” sold out over the weekend. It was one of our favorites to put together, and we’re thrilled to have helped out our friends at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, both with a share of the proceeds from “Two Rivers” and your generous donations (Keep ’em coming!).

Summer’s COLORS edition, “Workshop Companion,” is out now and selling well, grab a box before they’re gone!

We’re temporarily out of Ruled Kraft books and “Expedition” in our shop, but both are on press now, and should be back in stock within a couple weeks. Remember that some FIELD NOTES retailers have stock when we don’t, including recent COLORS editions like Two Rivers.

Field News · Field Notes In Action:

We’ll Drink to… Anything, Really.

July 7th, 2015 by Bryan Bedell

FNglassess-smAs you know, most of our best ideas here at FIELD NOTES are conceived over a stiff drink in our luxe, smoke-filled mahogany-paneled conference room. Everything must be just-so to get the creative juices flowing properly, but something was missing… until our pal Justin Atkinson set us up with some FIELD NOTES logo-etched glassware. Now our afternoon Old Overholt-and-Diet Barq’s tastes better than ever. Nope, they’re not for sale, you can’t have one, and we’re not teasing a new product/edition. They’ll probably be smuggled out of the office by the end of the week by our kleptomaniac staff, but we’ll enjoy them while we can, Thanks, Justin! Now we just need to befriend a distillery…

Field News · Field Notes In Action:

Incidental Entomology

July 6th, 2015 by Bryan Bedell


This guy snuck into FIELD NOTES’ Midwest HQ today on Michele’s back. After a brief photo shoot, we released him back into Chicago’s verdant West Side. Anyone with fewer than eight legs is welcome to stop by anytime!

Update: FIELD NOTES fan Kelly R. wrote in to let us know that our little friend is a Red Milkweed Beetle.