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Field Notes- National Crop Limited Edition

So before I even begin, let me say this post isn’t really wood working related. This is just me venting some thoughts on how cool I think Field Notes are.

Field Notes?

C’mon- you know.

Those little pocket ledgers that people, who still remember how to use writing utensils can sometimes be seen using away from their home office or place of work. The place you jot down ideas or sketch little sketches. Maybe a mental note or two, a doodle or really, what ever. Grocery list? Cut list? Hardware list? Sure, they all work.

So yeah, I think Field Notes are cool and this latest edition is the cat’s a**.

A product both I and my 6 and 7 year old kids can enjoy. My daughter already told me she wants the Neon Summer  Camp pack. That alone is reason enough to mention it.

Throw one in the tool chest.

My latest order is the National Crop, limited edition series. ” … a custom-boxed set of six notebooks paying tribute to America’s top six crops; corn, soybeans, hay, wheat, cotton and sorghum. ”

( yeah I know what you’re saying, what the hell is sorghum?)

Well not only did I get the six ledgers, but they come in this great little box with a badge and a poster and thrown into the parcel was a Field Notes calendar for the wood shop wall. Sweet!

Well, that’s all I really wanted to say- Field Notes. They’re cool.

Back to the bench!


This last shot is a little pocket, wood working book a friend gave me a few years back.

It’s  books like this that inspired the brand. I keep it close, just like my Field Notes-Cheers!




  1. Posted by ty on May 18th, 2012

    HI Tom,
    I carry a little notebook with me everywhere i go. i made it a book and uploaded to lulu b/c I can’t find what i want anywhere. it’s just graph paper and isometric paper. I love sketching on isometric paper when i am on the toilet at work thinking about woodworking…. that came out wrong. .. so did that. better stop now.
    i make 53 cents a peace b/c i like whole numbers. check it out 6 bucks. i have filled last one with workbenches, tool boxes that sit on a table, drafting tables, and my son’s tree house.
    Keep sawing.

  2. Posted by tom on May 18th, 2012

    Hey Ty,
    thanks for the comments and the link- your book looks great, I think I’ll have to order one.

  3. Posted by doug on May 18th, 2012

    Field Notes are the best especially the American Tradesmans one they did a while back

  4. Posted by stephen melhuish on May 19th, 2012

    Yeah Tom,

    the field note book….i carry one with me all the time, it’s an outer extension of any muddled thoughts distilled into little gems of information, i can’t imagine being without a notebook….notes on joinery from old and new furniture while visiting old houses, museums, in a store, on a bus or just sitting with a cuppa doodling ideas, it’s amazing to scan back through the pages and see where ideas originate and without the notebook the spark often gets lost in the rest of the days general tasks.

  5. Posted by Joe McGlynn on May 19th, 2012

    I prefer the Moleskin, if it was good enough for Hemmingway…

    I carry this one:, it’s pocket sized and has graph paper, but they have them lined and blank as well.

  6. Posted by Graham Moran on May 30th, 2012

    I have scads of Moleskin notebooks with everything from building plans, cut lists, accessory lists, and even grocery lists. Sad part is I need to somehow organize them because I have information that I have forgotten over time and now I have to search for them.

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