We all know that paper is made from wood. Our 22nd Field Notes Quarterly Edition 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 below.
The covers are left uncoated with text printed in a double-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.
Proudly printed by the good people of Burke Printing, Lake Forest, Ill.
Cover: Graphic Wood Technologies PureVeneer cherry wood veneer, bound to brown kraft paper with a double hit of "Ghost Flower" white (outside) and a single hit of "Twilight Sage" green (inside) soy-based Toyo inks.
Innards: Finch Paper Fine 70#T "Soft White," with a fine, 1-color application of "Maidenhair" light green soy-based Toyo ink.
Cover printed on a Komori G40 40" 6-color printing press.
Innards printed on a Komori Lithrone 26" 5-color printing press.
Bound by a Mueller Martini Bravo T 6-pocket saddle stitcher with cover feeder, with appreciation to Samuel Slocum, George W. McGill, and William J. Brown, the "Founding Fathers of the Staple."
Corners precisely rounded to ⅜" (9.5mm) by a Challenge round-corner machine.
Ruled Lines: ¼" (6.35mm).
Memo book dimensions are 3½" × 5½" (89mm × 140mm).
Field Notes uses only the Futura typeface family (Paul Renner, 1927) in its materials.
All Field Notes memo books are printed and manufactured in the U.S.A.
Made in the U.S.A.
“I’m not writing it down to remember it later, I’m writing it down to remember it now.”