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As part of 'Projects of Earth', we present a new line of handmade, environmentally-friendly notebooks, designed for the creative mind.
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TLDR: In celebration of the Earth, and the potential of ideas to make it better, we are launching a new line of Rainpaper Notebooks. Rainpaper is a style of handmade pastepaper, which we are hand-binding on recycled stock. They are environmentally-friendly, made to last, and come in two sizes: Continental and Cosmo. A beautiful journal is the ultimate invitation to creativity.

Notebooks are ubiquitous in our lives. They're where we take stock of our ideas, and let our imagination fly free. We think that such an intimate object deserves. Therefore, we have begun a new line of Rainpaper Notebooks. Unlike the vast majority of notebooks, which are machine-made and mass-produced, Rainpaper Notebooks are handmade, and each is completely unique. Like snowflakes, no two Rainpaper Notebooks are the same. Here's why:

The covers are made of rain-patterned pastepaper, a style of paper-making which goes back to the Renaissance, and which our artisans have perfected. Each cover is pigmented and brushed by hand, making the pattern unique on each notebook. The pages are made from recycled paper powered by wind, which means that these notebooks are among the most Earth-friendly available. Moreover, they are of archival quality, with sewn signatures and acid-free paper, assuring that they will withstand the test of time.

Don't put your ideas in notebooks made by machines: put them in notebooks made by earthlings!
Don't put your ideas in notebooks made by machines: put them in notebooks made by earthlings!

We are offering Rainpaper Notebooks in two historic sizes. They are Continental and Cosmo, both of which, when pledged for in sets, come in metal-edged archival boxes for display and storage.

Continentals: 6.5 X 9'' in four seasonal covers.

Cosmos: 4 by 5.5'' in various scarlet covers.

The Continentals have blank pages, awaiting your world of ideas. Sometimes a blank page is all you need. The Cosmos contain three parts: the first is blank, then come  letterpress printed grids and line ruling. 

Though your world of ideas may be infinite, we do not have an infinite supply. So, if you like them, act fast!

Continentals: set your ideas free!
Continentals: set your ideas free!

The Continentals are offered in four seasonal colors: Sun, Terracotta, Moss, and Rain. Pledge for any you like, or get a set of all four in our metal-edged archival box!

Cosmos: pocket-sized and powerful!
Cosmos: pocket-sized and powerful!

The Cosmos are presented in a metal-edged archival box holding ten scarlet notebooks, bound in an array of patterns. They contain three sections: blank, letterpress lines, letterpress grid.

Celebrate the Earth with us!

As part of Kickstarter's Earth Initiative, we have launched three projects which celebrate our place in the universe. Rainpaper Notebooks celebrates the individual and their ideas. The Good Earth, a broadside portfolio, celebrates our planet in all its wonder. And Sun Spots, a print portfolio, celebrates the cosmos. Check them out with these links:

The Good Earth - A Broadside Portfolio

Sun Spots - A Print Portfolio

More about Thornwillow.

In 1985 Thornwillow was founded by Luke Pontifell, then sixteen, who spent his summer vacations printing and hand binding books. What started as a labor of love has grown into one of the leading purveyors of specialty books and custom stationery in the United States, consolidating centuries of craft and technique under one roof in Newburgh, New York.

Luke Pontifell, publisher of Thornwillow, in his natural habitat—at the factory.
Luke Pontifell, publisher of Thornwillow, in his natural habitat—at the factory.

For more than thirty years Thornwillow has been committed to enhancing the relationship between the reader and the written word. Our paper, printing, binding, and books are meant to be a lasting and powerful method of communicating and preserving ideas in the modern world. Ultimately, what we do is a very simple thing. It's black ink on white paper, and from that very simple combination, one can open up visions of the universe.

Risks and challenges

We have been thrilled to work with the Kickstarter community over the past year to complete eight projects. Each of these has brought its own joys and challenges. While we have produced three past portfolios successfully through Kickstarter, unforeseen challenges may always arise. If so, we will communicate them quickly and fully with our backers.

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    Continental Notebook

    Receive one continental notebook, with your choice of seasonal color!

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    Continental Notebook Set

    Receive one of each of our continental notebooks!

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    • Continental Notebook: Yellow Binding
    • Continental Notebook: Terracotta Binding
    • Continental Notebook: Moss Binding
    • Continental Notebook: Midnight Binding
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    Cosmo Notebook Set

    Receive ten cosmo notebooks, in a variety of scarlet paper wrappers, all in an archival box.

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    • 10× Cosmo Notebook: Scarlet Binding
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    Cosmo + Continental Notebook Sets

    Receive one continental notebook, with your choice of seasonal color!

    Includes:
    • 10× Cosmo Notebook: Scarlet Binding
    • Metal-Edged Archival Box
    • Continental Notebook: Moss Binding
    • Continental Notebook: Yellow Binding
    • Continental Notebook: Terracotta Binding
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