Extra Staples is a series of posts where I share various links I find interesting. It is not on any regular schedule, and the links can be old or new.
Field Notes Colors: Shenandoah — M B S-P-B
Mike Bates reviews the latest Field Notes COLORS, with plenty of gorgeous shots in natural settings. I wholeheartedly agree, Shenandoah is a classic in the making!
Field Notes Notebook Review | Pens! Paper! Pencils!
Great review of the Original kraft Field Notes. Come to the dark side, Ian! *waves* *but also claims no responsibility* ;)
Whether you feel there are too many special editions these days or not, here are some more Field Notes updates for those who might have missed them. Don’t shoot the messenger!
Nixon Field Notes | Misc Accessories | Nixon Watches and Premium Accessories
Still available as I write this. Unfortunately, US-shipping only. I wonder how much Nixon will benefit from the onslaught of new customers. What about Field Notes Brand? Interesting thoughts for another time, perhaps. Yes, I bought a few packs, as I love the colors.
Landland — Landland x Field Notes “Dead Print” Memo Books
This went on sale on Oct 20th and sold out within minutes. I had no chance. Please, please read the shop’s notes on this edition if you’re interested, because they will have a lot more available at a later date. Good luck to me, and good luck to you. And I think $15 seems reasonable for an art edition like this one. What do you think?
First Look: Pen Type-B from CW&T — The Pen Addict
A much talked-about Kickstarter pen that is absolutely mouth-watering. But alas, it’s designed for Hi-Tec-C refills, and that is a deal-breaker for me. But I’m free to drool, no?
Why Pencils? | pencils and other things
Why, indeed? It's one of those things I can't quite put into words, until someone does, and it all makes sense. And Sola does it well, concisely. Happy blog anniversary, Sola!
Erasable: A Podcast On The Craftsmanship Of The Wooden Pencil | WYPR
w00t! The Erasable guys (sans Tim) were interviewed on the radio! Congrats and job well done on spreading the pencil love.
Will mt ever slow down churning out special editions? Of course not but that’s ok; I get to pick and choose the ones I truly want. I plan on getting some of the Kanazawa editions and some from this year's Christmas collection:
(watch out for the auto-play on the video)
Christmas2015 | マスキングテープ「mt」- masking tape -
Things I tried recently (and liked)
Palomino Blackwing Vol. 211
I like natural finish AND the color brown, so this gets thumbs up from me. Oh, and it writes beautifully. Not as soft as the Pearl but just as pleasant. Maybe very close to the 602?
Inch x Inch: Shop
Attention Draplin fans: the monthly button club Inch x Inch recently launched an online store! The Draplin buttons are already sold-out but you can still check out his horizon posters, as well as Allan Peters heart posters and some of the past buttons. Tempted!
San Francisco / Bay Area
Victory Point Cafe | Coffee, Beer, and Board Games in Berkeley, CA
Board games + cafe! What an awesome idea + awesome name. Their selection of games looks insane.
A 20th Anniversary Celebration of Toy Story | SFFS
A special presentation by the likes of John Lasseter and Ed Catmull, plus a screening of Toy Story? Oh boy, am I tempted. But I did spend a lot of money on Field Notes lately... Still can’t believe it’s been 20 years since Toy Story came out.
Brendan Monroe - Boiler Room at Heath Ceramics SF
You know the artist whose work was printed on the XOXO 2015 Field Notes? His solo show Morphology is being exhibited at Boiler Room. Only a few days left. (Hat tip to Lowell on Twitter!) Be sure to check Brendan Monroe’s website, too, if you haven't. Amazing.
Have a good day,