The Writing Box

$149.00 USD

Also Available In: Walnut
  • 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 577 reviews
Cathleen Caza (Orlando, US)
Beautifully well-made!

I love this writing box! I have used it every day for drawing. I also like the Leather strap that you can purchase for it. It makes it convenient to travel with. I'm very happy with the size it fits all of the supplies I need.

Vania Smith (Brighton, US)
Beautiful, beautiful writing compendium!

This writing box is absolutely stunning! I get so much enjoyment from using this in the short time I've had it. I also enjoyed stocking it and finding beautiful things to put in it. The craftsmanship is second to none and is absolute perfection. 12/10 would recommend!

Diomar Rios
An inspiring gift!

I bought it as a gift to my fiancé, she almost cried of excitement. The quality and details of this product are definitely outstanding.
I’m from Puerto Rico, the product came very secured and fast. I definitely don’t have any complaints at all. If you know someone who loves and enjoys scrapbooking, journaling, etc, this is a must have.

Cynthia Swain (Minneapolis, US)
Heirloom beauty

I just received my writing box last evening. What a beautiful piece of work. The grain is exquisite. I can see the love, care and pride that Yunus and Yusuf pour into keeping Zeynep’s memory and legacy alive. The quality and workmanship are exquisite, and I know I will have many years of enjoyment and use of my writing box, and an heirloom to pass on to my granddaughter when that day comes. Thank you so much Yusuf and Yunus and the entire Galen team.

Dr Paul Fitzpatrick (South Molton, GB)
Writing slopes

Writing boxes (slopes) have been used for over three hundred years but this is a very 21st century take on the original. Made for writers, this is at the very top end of the market. Stunning carpentry (reminiscent of fine furniture), beautifully polished and richly lined; the boxes are essentially useable. They are small enough to travel with and large enough to carry all you need, but in essence, they are utter beautiful, and that's the best reason to own one.

EO (Suita, JP)
Collect your favorite things to make a treasure box.

This is the best wooden box not only for carrying your favorite pens, notebooks, and knick-knacks, but also for enjoying arranging your favorite things.
It is fun to think about what combination of things to set in it.
The metal parts used for opening and closing are of high quality and move very smoothly.
All Galen leather products are high quality without compromise. Excellent!

Ramon Zambrano (Toluca, MX)
simply beautiful

since I saw it I fell in love with this mini desk and the concept and inspiration taken from Thomas Jefferson, the details are exquisite especially the brooch and the rest of the fittings, the interior is simple and very useful.

Sam Berner
A beauty

This arrived in the mail and I am very pleased and thankful at GalenLeather for being given part of this legacy. Beautiful handiwork, with some gifts included, typical of the Turkish generosity. You can tell it was designed with love, and made with love.
May God have mercy on Zeynap's soul.

Lene (San Antonio, US)
Beautiful Box

This is an extraordinary piece of workmanship. Beauty and function come together in this writing box. I can’t enough about this box. If you write or draw this is the item for you.

Matthew L (Toms River, US)
Beautifully crafted and quite useful

I have to admit I was a bit skeptical about ordering one of these after reading about the warping issues, but I also saw that they addressed whatever was causing it. This little box is great. Definitely worth the money if you like to write on the go or don’t always write at a desk. I use it in the car, in bed, on the sofa, outside, etc…. It nearly stores a handful of pens, notebooks, and other items. I ordered the leather strap with it and think that it’s pretty neat, but I ended up carrying it inside of a leather messenger bag that fits it perfectly. The materials are high quality and it is built well.

The only negatives are as follows:

Very easily scratched/dinged. I wish more of a protective coating was applied to prevent this. Also, I wish it were just a tad bit wider since you can’t get two A5 notebooks to lay flat side by side due to the riser arms laying along the inner outside edges. Had it been a half inch wider that wouldn’t be an issue.


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.