The Writing Box

$149.00 USD

  • 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.

For inspirations on Instagram, click here.



Inspired From Thomas Jefferson's Writing Desk

Inspired by Thomas Jefferson's portable writing desk, this is the perfect gift for a writer or creative.

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

We have collaborated with Walden Woodworkers Co. to build this beautiful and unique writing box.

*Due to the nature of wood, each box will vary in color, making each box a bit unique. (some of them are plainer, some textured) Please note we are unable to honor color requests. Also, we are adding current batch pictures from our recent production. Please review them carefully.


  • Six elastic pen slots
  • One big elastic pocket size notebook holder
  • One small elastic pocket size notebook holder
  • Four uppper 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)
  • Accessories shown in the pictures are not included
  • A modern version of the portable writing desks.


  • 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 solid walnut wood
  • Nickel plated brass accessories
  • 15 degree angled cover to write comfortably on
  • Vegetable tanned leather inside the cover
  • Comes in a thick cardboard box
  • Finished with natural linseed & tung oil
  • Package cover designed by Mathias Johansson
  • Made by Walden Woodworkers Co.


  • It is important to keep the lid of the box closed, when not using it.
  • This box 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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 490 reviews
Marion (Oberaegeri, CH)
LOVE my newest display and treasure box!

First of all my order came within a week and the Box is exactly like shown, perfectly made it allows me to be all I want it to be.
Display, safe keeping, a chest to write on, and carry my journaling stuff with me wherever I go. I am very happy I bought this!

Phoebe Tonosaki (Chiba, JP)
Marvellous buy !

I have to applause myself for buying this ! It is simply the best masterpiece of stationery I have ever owned !
I have a wooden sketchbox, which is a bit larger than the writing box. The two of them work together perfectly!
This writing box actually can hold more than it looks. I am very happy with it

Excellent Product

It's great to have writing box in order for me to focus on my writing project one at a time.

Excellent craftmanship. Will buy more if necessary.

Lesley Hodgins (Ottawa, CA)
The Writing Box

I was so glad when the Writing Box was back in stock, I ordered it right away. It is visually appealing, solid and beautifully finished. The inside setup allows me to be creative in how I store my stationary making it a very personal portable writing space. The box is so appealing I find myself spending more time writing notes and journaling and less time in front of electronic screens. The craftsmanship is amazing and the quality of the Box top notch. Very happy with my purchase.

Radu Mandreanu
My Writing Box = My Tresure Box

My writing box = My treasure box
I recently received “Writing Box” is meeting all my expectations.
Crafted with the same high standards that is characteristic to all the products sold by Galen Leather it is an absolute pleasure to look at it and use it. I already store some of my most priced pens and drafting tools and the perfection of the finish motivates me to do some of my office work. The quality of the craftmanship that has been build in this product is absolutely outstanding. Thank you very much Galen Leather!

Diane Warger (Abbotsford, CA)
My Favourite Purchase

Magnificent! Roomy enough to hold everything you need for your latest project, but compact enough to carry anywhere. Excellent craftsmanship!

Anthony Cortes (San Tan Valley, US)
Elegant, discreet, functional -- and best of all, with no warping!

I've owned this writing box for a little over a month now, and I've made sure to hold off on writing a view for one very particular. While waiting for this item to come back in stock I took the time to read many reviews and impressions on this box online, and in my research I discovered that these boxes have had a history of noticeably warping over time. For some, it made opening and closing the case nearly impossible. Thankfully, after using this box regularly for over a month -- in a region that's become very temperamental with its weather over these past weeks, mind you -- I have not noticed the tiniest bit of warping on my case! The latch is just as easy to open and close as the day I got it in the mail. Whatever changes they have made to this design, it seems much better at resisting changes from its surrounding climate. Therefore, I have zero complains with this box! It functions as beautifully as it looks, both as a means of storage and as a portable lap desk. I couldn't be happier with it.

Rosemary Lawrence (Orpington, GB)
Luxurious item

I was absolutely thrilled to receive such a beautiful item. The workmanship is first class and every time I look at my writing box I admire the craftsmanship involved in its construction.

. The workmanship is superb and

Catriona Murray (Isle of Lewis, GB)
A Bit Special

I have wanted one of these for what seems like a lifetime, and was so pleased when it came back into stock. Living in the Outer Hebrides, I thought it might take a while to get to me, but it was here in just over 2 weeks.
It’s a thing of beauty and just looking at it makes me happy. I will use it every day and treat it with the love it deserves. I bought the leather carrying handle too, which was a smart idea - and the whole kit looks gorgeous.
Thank you, Galen - I’m very happy with my writing box & suspect I’ll be back soon for more!

Dorothy Cotton (El Cajon, US)
Perfect in every way!

Oh wow, I'm blown away by the high quality of this writing desk! The wood finish is smooth and even grained. The inside has felt in the bottom, there are many slots for pens, pencils, rulers, and all kinds of fun stuff to personalize it and make it your own. I opted for the carrying strap, the leather is a nice thickness, it fits perfect and is very comfortable to carry. I tried all of my Galen journals, and pen cases in it, each one fit with room to spare. The box is the perfect size for writing, or doing art on. I am pleased that it came with in a week (5-9 days). This writing box would make a very nice gift. I highly recommend it.

Most of the items are handmade to order and usually take a minimum of 2-3 weeks to dispatch. Out of stock items mean, not in the production cycle and generally re-stocking in 2-3 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.


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