The Writing Box - Burl Walnut Special Edition

$189.00 USD

– Sold Out
Also Available In: Burl Walnut

A special edition of the writing box, the top side is made of burl walnut wood.

  • An analog box for today's modern writers.
  • Crafted from solid walnut wood and vegetable-tanned leather.
  • Designed to carry analog writing tools and notebooks. The unique angled cover allows you to write comfortably on journeys.
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Centuries ago, writing boxes enabled people to transport their stationery and writing instruments from place to place. These boxes were small and portable and served as a storage container as well as a writing surface. Now, the analog writer and avid creative can still enjoy this charming piece with Galen Leather’s Walden Woodworkers Co. writing box. We have collaborated with Walden Woodworkers Co. to build this beautiful and unique writing box. 

Inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s portable writing desk

Inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s portable writing desk, this beautiful antique writing box is the perfect marriage of form and function. A vintage writing box for today’s modern writers, this high-quality wooden writing box is crafted from solid walnut and secured with a sturdy, nickel-plated brass clasp. Optional vegetable-tanned leather straps fastened with snaps provide a handle for the box, making it easy to carry.

Inspired From Thomas Jefferson's Writing Desk

Unique Portable Wooden Writing Desk

When you open this portable writing box, you’ll discover that the compact yet spacious writing slope box has plenty of room inside for all the tools a writer would need. Its leather lining features elastic compartments to secure writing instruments, fancy pensinks, notebooks, journals, and more. Two wooden prongs sit inside the lower half of the box and flip up to support the lid, creating a 15-degree angled cover and writing surface. This allows the writing box to serve as an antique lap writing desk, enabling you to write wherever and whenever inspiration strikes.

Carry your writing supplies everywhere you go or simply use the writing box as an attractive display for your treasured fountain pen collection. The charm of this writing box helps channel your creativity and would make the perfect gift for a writer, an aspiring novelist, poet, calligrapher, or artist. 

The outer dimensions of the writing box are 12.5” x 10.2” x 2.7”. Finished with natural linseed and tung oil, it’s protected in shipping by a thick cardboard box.

*Due to the nature of the wood, each writing box will vary in color and no two will be identical. Also, we are adding current batch pictures from our recent production. Please review them carefully. 

*Accessories shown in the pictures are not included, but to complete your writing set, additionally you can purchase traveler's notebooks, fountain pens, and brass accessories. 


  • Six elastic pen slots
  • One big elastic pocket-size notebook holder
  • One small elastic pocket-size notebook holder
  • Four upper elastic slots for clips/ papers /rulers
  • The base fits two A5 notebooks, or TN, papers or documents
  • Outside of the top cover fits a flat lay A5 notebook
  • Shown in the picture is a Hobonichi Cousin (not included)
  • 15 degree angled cover to write comfortably on


  • Outside: 32 x 26 x 7 cm (12.5 x 10.2 x 2.7 inches)
  • Inside: 29 x 23 x 5 cm (11.6 x 9.2 x 2 inches) 
  • Made from walnut wood
  • Nickel-plated brass accessories
  • Vegetable-tanned leather inside the cover
  • Comes in a thick cardboard box
  • Finished with natural oils
  • Made by Walden Woodworkers Co. - the package was designed by Mathias Johansson

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  • It is important to keep the lid of the box closed, when not using it.
  • This box is made of natural wood and due to the nature of the wood and depending on your location, you can see warping. (mostly in winter). So it is acceptable that you can see a gap up to 4-5 mm gap between sides. Again it depends on your region, climate... It is not a production problem. A seasonal difference in humidity and weather.
  • If you see this gap, you can put some heavy items and leave them for a while.

*To see the detailed history and plans of Thomas Jefferson's Writing Box, click here.

Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews
America Palacios (Broomfield, US)
Treated Myself and Do Not Regret It!

I had my eye on this absolute beauty for well over a year but hesitated at the price and the reviews that talked about other editions warping. However, the good reviews outweighed the bad, and I could not pass on this burl walnut edition. Wow, this has far exceeded my already high expectations, and I'm so happy I own this! I've had this box since the end of December 2022, and there are absolutely zero signs of warping despite living in a dry climate. To be fair, we keep humidifiers running for the sake of guitars in our house, and when I'm not actively using the box, I usually have the straps on and something resting on top. How do I use it? Well, pens, pencils, watercolor, journal storage of course. This is great for propping up a journal or resting laptop or mechanical keyboard on top of. And really, it's just so nice to look at and a great reminder to write, draw, be creative in general. Highly recommend!

B. (Valley Village, US)

Received this box last year. Gave it to my significant other. Was underwhelmed at the quality to be honest. It feels like plastic, which isn't a good thing. After 6 months it slowly started to not close properly, and is now warped. The clasp in the front is plastic, and the hinges on the back are silver plated (the plating has already started to come off). Would not purchase ever again.

M. T. (Fairfield, US)
Excellent writing box :-)

What a beautiful piece! While everyone reviews it for the walnut wood (exquisite), and the leather interior (supple), and the amount of storage space (plenty for my writing/needs), I really appreciate the addition of the “feet” on the bottom of the box, which I don’t believe are pictured on the product page. Such class and utility! See pictures for my set up :-)

@ILoveFountainPens (Halifax, CA)
Chef's Kiss! Perfection!

10/10! Would (and do) recommend!

If you're looking for a sign, this is it! Buy. The. Writing. Box!

If it's currently sold out and you're seeing this, put yourself on the waiting list!

The Writing Box is perfect in it's simplicity. The more i write with it, the more I love it!

While the interior is about 2cm too narrow to fit two A5 notebooks, as described in the features, it is wide enough to hold an A5 and an A6 notebook

The walnut wood is strong and perfectly smooth. It's polished to perfection. The leather insert with wide elastics holds everything you need and then some.

The leather carry-on kit is the perfect addition to the writing box, making it perfectly easy to bring with you, anywhere you go.

I 100% recommend this and am looking forward to using it for writing and art, for years to come

F.H. (St. Petersburg, US)
Awesome Box

This writers box is a thing of beauty. If you not have already purchased the original one you may want to splurge and purchase this one if you can. It is worth the extra money.

F.H. (St. Petersburg, US)
The special writing box

I am so glad that I waited for this one to come out. This writing box color is so beautiful and so deep brown. It is definitely worth the extra cost.

Thomas Hoffmann (Oklahoma City, US)
Beautiful writing box

This is a beautiful and beautifully-crafted writing box. I am thrilled to have one.

Matt Dahlstein (Irving, US)
Beautiful box

I love love this box, it was a gift. I had been wanting to get a writing box for quite sometime and I got it! The wood is sturdy and a good quality. The inside holds all my journaling stuff. This is one of my favorites. A must buy if you are looking for one.

Janette Raffino (Windsor, US)
Perfect Gift

I purchased the writing box as a gift for a young friend and was amazed at the craftsman skill involved - truly beautiful.

H Street (Edmonton, CA)
Beautiful box

I was gifted this amazing writing box for Christmas, and from the moment I opened the package, I was in love! The construction is solid and is roomier inside than the pictures suggest. I know it is something I will treasure forever. They included a leather pen sleeve as well, which was unexpected but appreciated! I would not hesitate to recommend anyone in the market for such a product.

Most of the items are handmade to order and usually take a minimum of 1-2 weeks to dispatch. Out of stock items mean, not in the production cycle and generally re-stocking in a few weeks. You can subscribe to the in-stock notification on the product page. Good things take time. We appreciate your patience!


  • We ship worldwide. All items are sent via our shipping partners UPS/Fedex. Your items may need to be signed for upon receipt.

  • Due to security reasons, we cannot ship to PO boxes.

  • Some items are ready for shipment in our workshop, located in Istanbul. In stock items dispatch within 6-7 working days after payment has cleared using our shipping partners, UPS & FedEx. If the item is not in stock, then we will need to make your order.

  • Deliveries to USA addresses will take 3-4 days. For the UK and Europe, 2-3 days. To Australia, 6-7 days. For the rest of the world, expect a maximum of 7 working days. Plus production times.

  • Buyers are responsible for customs duties. There are no additional taxes for goods being delivered to the USA.
  • European Union : New rules after 1 July 2021; we charged VAT for orders up to 150€. It means no hidden or extra customs  fees during the delivery. Orders more than 150€ subject to customs same as before. 
  • UK : Orders are subject to VAT. Around %20 percent. + courier fees.
  • Brazil: Due to high taxes, we suggest to use a redirecting service like Regarding redirecting services, I've been using
  • Most countries, except the USA, are subject to VAT (value added tax) and customs duties. These are the responsibility of the recipient. Since rates vary by country and by what was ordered.
  • Shipping fees are automatically calculated during the checkout process. See your checkout for shipping options. As an example, a small journal's shipping fee starts at US$9.80.
  • HS Tariff Code for Leather Goods 420221 (You can check your country import regulations with this code)

Returns - Cancellations

  • Items (except personalized items) can be returned for a full refund within 7 days of receipt. Buyer is responsible for the Shipping costs. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have before placing an order.
  • Due to all items are made to order, after receiving your order, we immideatly start to make your items. We don't accept cancellations/changes after orders placed.

Embossed Monogram

  • Products suitable for personalization, are shown on the product pages.It is and additional option.
  • Currently, we can't customize the wooden items.
  • If you want a monogram option on your item please select it from choose box at the right side of the page.
  • The Monogram default position will be on the front right bottom corner. Up to 3 characters. 
  • Up to 3 characters you can personalize your item with ; A....Z Capital letters    0....9 numbers    . , & ! # - _ @ / : * punctuation.
  • Font and height, the default for this listing is Times New Roman, 1 cm high, same as the lead picture.