Field Notes' new line of notebooks may be mass-produced, but that doesn't mean they're all identical. With covers made of thinly sliced American Cherry wood, each Shelterwood edition's cover is a completely unique natural beauty. And they'll be sold in Australia... probably.
Field Notes is a US brand, but there are almost two dozen stores around Australia that sell these artisanal notebooks — and we're really hoping some of these new limited-edition bindings make it to local stores. We're checking with stockists to make sure, but everything we've heard so far is positive.
Starting from a hand-picked cherry tree grown in Illinois or Wisconsin, the wood covers are milled from 5-foot wide logs to make one 5,000 square foot sheet. The wood-paper is pasted on to a kraft paper base, then printed with a slightly opaque white logo that lets the woodgrain show through. Check out Field Notes' beautiful video — the process is pretty much exactly how you'd imagine.
A three-pack of Shelterwood notebooks goes for $US10, but Field Notes warns that special editions like this often sell out fast. If you're looking to branch out into a new style of notebooks, better make like a tree. [Field Notes via Laughing Squid]