Real Wood Covers Make Every One of These Field Notes Notebooks Unique

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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.


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 $10, 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]

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i went to college for forestry and in my wood products class we got to go to the local veneer place and ill tell you that the one thing they don't show in this video is the wood actually getting shaving into those thin strips. the wood constantly hitting the slicer blade makes for a very loud place to be in but also pretty cool to see how they do it... also when you seem them in the hot water baths, it's to remove all the minerals in the wood so it comes out as white(clear) as it can be