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    Well, well, well. Someone left the gate open, and guess who squeezed in? That would be me, Aaron James Draplin. And I’ve been a good boy all year long. I listened attentively on the Zoom calls. I inspected each staple off the press. I went door to door to spread the word. Long story short: I behaved. And in the quiet of the night, I quit behaving. And snuck into the Field Notes site to load up this post.

    Now bear with me, gang… and I’m talking to my fellow Field Notes employees, here: DO NOT FRET. I HAVE THIS ONE COVERED. No, I don’t have “details on timing.” They will get to Field Notes HQ in January-ish mid-February late February (because, you know, supply chain). No, I don’t have “specs” on paper. Quantity? I’ll say this much: I’m making a shitwhack of the things. And I’m not offering up one detail on what they look like. With all this “good” emanating from me all year long, you gotta have a little “bad,” right?

    Right. Deal with it.

    A couple months back —completely under the radar— I employed a series of drastic measures to ferociously rathole away the necessary paper, staples and glops of ink to cover this run. Then I secured press time at an undisclosed printing facility. Then I sent off files. And as these words go to print… as Jim “Always Run It Past Me First, Aaron” Coudal saws logs in his 800-thread count Egyptian sheets… these books are getting set to be printed, collated, stapled, trimmed and shrink-wrapped. And that’s that.

    Which leads me to you, beloved customer: You just gotta believe in this one. They are going to be AWESOME. So load up on these. Cuz when these are gone, they are GONE. And these are going to go quick.

    The Field Notes staff writers always know how to close their missives with dramatic, clever lines. I’m typing these words from a hot-wired Speak-&-Spell outside a truck stop off I-84 in Trouble, Oregon, so I have to move quick.

    Here’s my loose attempt: This is the DDC “Leap of Faith” edition. Who’s in?

    • 01.

      Thankfully printed by the patient people of Lake County Press, Waukegan, Ill.

    • 02.

      Cover: Sappi Opus Satin 100#C “Wayward White,” with a thick, brute force, 3-color application of “Obstreperous Orange,” “Gremlin Green,” and “Obfuscating Olive” soy-based Toyo inks, stamped with “Obstreperous Orange” or “Gremlin Green” Crown foils

    • 03.

      Innards: Finch Paper Opaque Smooth 60#T “Wayward White,” with a fine, 1-color application of “Obstreperous Orange” soy-based Toyo ink.

    • 04.

      Cover and innards printed on a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 40" UV press.

    • 05.

      Bound with 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 DCM 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 x 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.