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Welcome to the new Field Notes!

Welcome to Field Notes, the new home to our ever-growing collection of reference articles (215 and counting). We refreshed the design and broadened the scope of our coverage to include shorter articles and new categories, as a way of building on the conversation we began five years ago.

KM started as a blog on the production and design of thoughtfully-made everyday goods back in 2009, eventually expanding into the online store we are today. Topics like sustainability and conscious consumption have always been at the heart of who we are. Equally important is the simple enjoyment of using these quality products in our daily lives – feeling the weight of a well-made tool or the texture of a hand-finished material – and knowing the story behind each one.

Chances are you’re equally curious about how things work – whether geeking out on good product design or weighing in on an environmental concern. We want to continue to open up this discussion through Field Notes.

One of the most exciting things for us is receiving all the helpful hints from readers – from how to clean snowshoes (thanks, Mort!) to what we can do to improve our company as a whole. Which articles have you enjoyed reading the most so far? Are there stories you would still like to see covered here? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. If you’re a writer or photographer who is interested in contributing and knowledgeable on one of the subjects above, please get in touch. We hope you enjoy the new Field Notes.

Stay curious!

The KM Team


  1. Victor Hazan
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 2:14 PM | Permalink

    Welcome indeed to your new home, Field Notes. I have often admired your clarity, conciseness, and well-informed approach to your subjects. I anticipate the pleasure and illumination of those that will follow.

  2. Esther Evans
    Posted March 10, 2014 at 7:00 AM | Permalink

    The design looks great, and I can't wait to read more…

  3. Arthur
    Posted March 10, 2014 at 3:04 PM | Permalink

    Welcome, have enjoyed every Field Note I have read so far. I do have one gripe, not related to Field Notes but the font used is extremely skinny and hard to read in this welcome page and this is coming from someone with 20/20 vision.

  4. alexredgrave
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 7:52 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for the tip, Arthur! I agree, and we're working on fattening up that font. Check back in a few days and let me know if it reads better.

  5. alexredgrave
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 7:53 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for reading, Victor!

  6. Tamara Kennedy
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 11:47 PM | Permalink

    What a great selection of articles and products. I've been a fan since I first discovered your site. Do you also plan to carry furniture in the future?

  7. alexredgrave
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM | Permalink

    Hi Tamara,

    We do have some smaller pieces, such as wood stools and two-person benches, in the works for spring/summer. Keep an eye out in our new arrivals, or through the weekly newsletter.
    (Here's the sign-up:


  8. Logan
    Posted March 19, 2014 at 9:30 AM | Permalink

    You guys can't possibly be this oblivious.
    I realize "field notes" is a phrase that has been used for years, but umm…..

    Way to trade on an established name brand's success for your own benefit!
    So weak.

  9. alexredgrave
    Posted March 19, 2014 at 10:18 AM | Permalink

    Hi Logan,

    Thanks for your input.

    We threw around quite a few names but we didn’t want to go with the oft used “Journal” or simply, “Blog.” This section was previously called References, however we’re expanding the idea of being a catalogue of reference articles. It’s also a place for gathering ideas “from the field” and launching discussions on subjects such as responsible consumerism (take a look at a new article launching later today…)

    We’re fully aware of Field Notes the notebook – in fact, we’re fans – and I don’t see a conflict. One is a product, the other is a collection of articles. As you mention, the term itself has been around well before either of our companies… I think there is room for us all.


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