The Writing Box - Burl Walnut Special Edition

$199.00 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 25 reviews
Alexandra B. (Carolina, PR)
Practical and beautiful

The first time I saw this beautiful piece online I was a little skeptical with the practicality aspect. How can something this beautiful be practical? I searched for other types of product like this to compare and let me tell you; this is the one. Others are equally or even more expensive but made with cheap materials like compressed wood, plastic or polyurethane, and poorly constructed too. This beauty is stunning. The wood is beautiful and smells incredible, the metal pieces work perfectly, the inside has a lot of practical elastic loops, and is really spacious. Obviously there are some limitations on what you can put in it, like a bulky pencil case or big jars of ink but this is to have a writing or painting surface on the go so I only put in essentials and travel compact stuff. I do calligraphy, I sketch, do watercolour paintings, I have a Travelers Notebook with a daily journal, wallet, monthly planner on it, and I am a writer so I love to have a lot on me. When the inspiration comes, and even though I write on my computer, analoge help my memory and my creativity to flow so this is perfect for me. I have three settings or combinations. Calligraphy and my Travelers, painting tools with my Travelers or some days I put my Travelers in my purse and have my calligraphy and painting travel kit in the Writing Box. I have enough space to put a small mirror, tea bags, lip balms, hand cream, eyeglasses and other trinkets that I like to have on hand. Another aspect of these Writing Box is the leather strap. Some reviewers said it is time consuming or is not comfortable or easy to put on. For me it is a question of expectation. Of course it is more quick to toss everything in a tote bag and go but that is an unfair comparison and we are buying this because it is a briefcase that you can use as a desk not just a bag. I never use the snaps or buttons on the strap, I slide the desk on the loops and it is more easy and quick that way; only seconds, and for me that is reasonable. Another use for me is a temporary base for my laptop. Is not meant for that but works just fine. If you are buying this because of the aesthetic I recommend the Burl Walnut version. It is more beautiful and for 50$ more I think is worth it, looks more luxurious and special. My only suggestion for Galenleather is to create more add ons for this Writhing Box like other types of strap to carried differently, removable pen holder for the loops, some kind of pouch to put on the straps, so when the Writing Box is your only carrying “bag” you can access some stuff more easily like credit cards, keys or money. I will buy all of the gadgets you design for this desk because I carried this beauty everywhere. My own bed, dining table, my car, cafes, parks, everywhere. I also want to add that this came with a free cotton bag, cute stickers, tea, a postcard, a leather pen holder, and more. Came to Puerto Rico really fast for something that was so far away too. Thanks Galenleather for this Writhing Box. I will continue to buy more of your incredible designs.

America P. (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!

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.

James R. (Los Angeles, US)
Best Purchase Ever

Solid wood makes a difference. I got the Walnut, because it's the most beautiful wood ever. Everything is crafted like nothing you've ever seen. All the crap you have now came from China, where they learned how to make things look like quality in a picture, or from a slight distance. But when you actually use the Chinese Crap, it breaks just like a half-century ago. This is built to last a lifetime, two lifetimes, three ??? .... It is *well* worth the wait (waitlist).

BAF (Anchorage, US)
Great Workmanship

The box is solid and well-made with dovetail corners. The sides are thick solid wood with hinges that seem to be strong. The burl wood top and bottom look great. Everything inside stays in place when the box is turned all around.

Angie M. (Bruceton, US)
Burled Walnut Writing Box

Beautiful! My husband loves it! Well made and I know he will enjoy it for years to come.

W. S. (Silver Creek, US)

I have wanted a writer’s box for a long time, but never found one I really liked until I saw this one. It’s beautiful, well made, and has just the right amount of straps inside. The burl walnut is amazing. If you buy one of these, I suggest also getting the leather carry strap, as the box is a bit heavy and can be awkward to carry.

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  • 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.