Campfire 3-Pack

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Adebisi Shank

Afghan Whigs

The Ally Coalition

American Football

And So I Watch You From Afar

Animal Manufacturing Co.

Ardent Music

Atomic City


Baby Island

Big Picnic Records

Big Star

Big Wild

Big Walnuts Yonder

Billy Martin

Blank T-Shirts



Bogan Via


Brooke Annibale





Chelsea Wolfe

Con Brio

Crescent Ballroom


David Bromberg

David Ramirez

Davina and The Vagabonds

A Dead Forest Index


Death Grips


Deer Tick

Delta Spirit

Dent May

Dia Frampton

Diet Cig

The Dismemberment Plan

Dylan Carlson



Emma Ruth Rundle

Empire Strikes Brass

Empty Houses

Ezra Furman

Felix Martin

Fiddler Records Deadstock Shop

Field Notes

Flow Tribe

Food For The Hungry

The Format


FYF Fest


Giraffes? Giraffes!

Good Old War

Gorgeous War

A Great Big Pile Of Leaves

Greg Dulli

Half Moon Kids

Handsome Ghost


Hello Merch

Hello Records

Helms Alee

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

Hurray for the Riff Raff

Indian Handcrafts

Jacuzzi Boys

Jay Brannan

Jaye Jayle

Jenny Owen Youngs

Jonny Lang

The Joy Formidable

Julia Nunes

Katie Costello

Kenny Holland

King Tuff


Kristin Diable

La Dispute

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

Lily & Madeleine

Low Cut Connie



Mac DeMarco



MC Lars

MDB Records

Medeski Martin & Wood

Meg & Dia

Mega Ran


Moving Mountains

Mutoid Man

My Terrible Friend


Nataly Dawn

The New Mastersounds

Neon Indian

No Spill Blood

Ocean Park Standoff

Oui Fresh




Passed Out Punx

Parquet Courts

Patty Griffin

Pet Symmetry

President Gator

Reggie and the Full Effect

Reubens Accomplice

Rival Coast


Russian Circles

RX Bandits

Sam Means

Sam Outlaw

Sargent House

Sargent House Merch Clearance

Sargent House Music Clearance

Shack Up Inn



The Skins



Splash House



Sons Of An Illustrious Father

Steel Train


Storm Chasers Records



Tera Melos

that dog.

Those Darlins


Vista Kicks

Valley Bar

The Van Buren




Wild Cub

The Wood Brothers



Zach Gill

Zach Hill



Campfire 3-Pack



Field Notes’ 35th Quarterly Edition celebrates a chemical process we witness nearly every day, but rarely take the time to appreciate. Fire gives us heat and light. Fire can frighten and endanger us. With a bit of olive oil, it makes asparagus palatable. But in its most primal, elemental state, it inspires us to gather around and watch it while we share stories, ideas and friendship.

We hope these memo books will inspire you to spend some time gazing into a fire this summer. It’s ridiculously satisfying to collect some wood, carefully build it into an attractive structure, then watch the dramatic light show as it burns away into smoke and ash, leaving no trace. 

Our inspiration comes from everywhere and anywhere, but “Campfire” started with an actual campfire. Steve, Matt, and Bryan set out one afternoon to northern Illinois to build, film, and photograph the process of building, enjoying, and extinguishing a campfire.

Matt’s family has a summer house on Long Lake that made a great location for our shoot. His grandparents bought the family land, which was originally used as resort, and built the house there. Matt’s parents, Jim and Chris, welcomed us as we set out to collect some flagstones and dig a fire pit along the lake shore, filming, and photographing the process. 

Back in Chicago, we had great photos and footage, but still needed to do a bunch of tests to determine the plan for the notebooks. We tried a whole bunch of variations, as always, inspired by our collection of vintage notebooks, and also various Boy Scout handbooks, merit badge guides and other ephemera. We eventually decided on a technique common before process color separations made color printing easy: a photographic halftone printed over blocks of solid spot-colors to simulate a color photo. In this case, each book is printed with five different spot colors, the darkest color being the photographic halftone. Three stages of the fire are represented on the three covers, “Dusk,” “Night,” and “Dawn,” and Aaron Draplin came up with a series of logos, “Geometry,” “Community,” and “Responsibility,” for the backs. They’re printed on a coated-one-side paperboard (coated outside, uncoated inside) with a satin varnish applied to protect the finish. 

The body pages are white Finch Opaque 60#T ruled with our 3/16" graph, each featuring a different ink color matched to the inside cover. The books are bound with gold staple wire.

With at least three ex-Scouts here at Field Notes Midwest HQ, we feel any night spent around a fire in the woods, should be rewarded with a patch. So, we created a handsome 2-1/4" one inspired by (but larger than) merit badges, and our friends at Brewery Outfitters in PDX stitched ’em up. There's one included with every 3-Pack. We hope you'll wear yours, and that our Summer 2017 Field Notes come in handy as you become a true Campfire Master.

  • 01. Proudly printed by the good people of eDOC Communications, Mount Prospect, Ill.
  • 02. Cover: WestRock Tango Coated Cover C1S Paperboard “White” slathered with a whopping fifteen (five per book) hand-picked soy-based Saphira inks.
  • 03. Innards: Finch Paper Opaque Smooth 60#T “Bright White,” with a fine, 1-color application of soy-based Saphira inks.
  • 04. Cover and innards printed on a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 40" 6-color printing press.
  • 05. Bound with gold staple wire on a Heidelberg Stitchmaster ST 270 5-pocket saddle stitcher with cover feeder/scorer & Rima RS 10S in-line stacker, with appreciation to Samuel Slocum, George W. McGill, and William J. Brown, the “Founding Fathers of the Staple.”
  • 06. Corners precisely rounded to a 3/8" (9.5mm) radius with a Challenge SCM double round-corner machine.
  • 07. Graph grid: 3/16" × 3/16" (4.7mm × 4.7mm).
  • 08. Memo book dimensions are 3-1/2" × 5-1/2" (89mm × 140mm).
  • 09. FIELD NOTES uses only the Futura typeface family (Paul Renner, 1927) in its materials.
  • 10. All FIELD NOTES memo books are printed and manufactured in the U.S.A.