In the Beginning
What is this blog all about? What are you doing? How will you do it? Well, let me tell you…
It’s really quite simple. Over the last 6 months I’ve grown to love the Field Notes brand, and in particular, their Colors Editions. I also have a man-crush on designer and co-founder Aaron Draplin. He wins at life. His attitude is contagious, and the dude works hard. He also likes to go junkin’, which is something I rather enjoy as well. If you’re interested in hearing more from Aaron, check out this Dot Grid podcast he was on as Two Rivers was released. It’ll give you great feel for what he’s all about.
Aside from my brother Nick who introduced me to Field Notes Colors, the Field Nuts Facebook Group has been the biggest catalyst towards my obsession. For the most part, the people there are great people who are gathered to simply share a love for Field Notes. I’ve met some very generous people, made a lot of trades, and occasionally some silly purchases, and worked my way to a full set of Colors Editions. One I plan to use! (I can hear some of you cringing now!) These things were born to be written in! And if you wanna see them being used, you should check out Field Notes in the Field, a great Tumblr feed of FN’s in use.
So here’s the plan: Beginning with the next Field Notes Colors release (#27) which is due out next week, I will blog through using each colors edition, starting with #27, and work my way back towards #1 – the coveted Butcher Orange. It takes me roughly one month to get through an every day carry (EDC) book, especially since I’ve started using the larger format 7.5 x 4.75 books (Arts & Sciences, Roastery Edition) as my work notebooks. (PS – I recently heard Field Notes’ own Bryan Bedell on The Erasable Podcast indicate that there could soon be a standard craft in the larger format!)
At one book a month, and including new releases that will come out along the way, I figure it will take me about 3 years to get to the Butcher Orange. Thats a long time, but that’s the plan. I could speed up the process but part of the reason I love Field Notes so much is the way they wear. You’ll be sick of me talking about that soon, but I just love it! I carry the books naked in my back pocket. I write in em, sit on em, even bend them on purpose in my hands. By the time I’m done with them, well, I like to describe it as, well used and beautifully worn. Thats my aim.
I’ll take lots of pictures as I go to share how they wear, how the paper holds up, and how various writing instruments function in them. I’ll engage my senses and describe how they feel in my hands, and even if they have their own smell. (Come on scratch and sniff Chicago hotdog version!) I’ll do “unboxing” of new editions and of old colors editions that I have, but are still sealed. Heck, I’ll probably even give a few rare books away.
In the end, I hope this blog becomes a resource to Field Nuts old and new. This is my way of spreading the joy that Field Notes has brought me. I hope reading this blogs gives you some too.