Not if you want to do it with a bit of style and class. Anyone can go get a pencil and a legal pad, but some people want more. Or to spend more.

This is the tale of three writing desks that are unique and tasteful. And expensive relatively speaking.

First up this the full-blown classy English writing box available slightly used for a mere $2400:

As classy as it gets.

As classy as it gets.

If you close it, it looks like this.

If you close it, it looks like this. Burl adds to the cost/value.

An interior view showing storage and the perpetual calendar.

An interior view showing storage and the perpetual calendar.

The calendar is three paper scrolls.

The calendar is three paper scrolls.Use the small knobs to change the displayed day/date/month.

These people made it. From England.

These people made it. From London. The one in England.

Secret compartments, there are two that I found.

The calendar lifts out revealing more storage.

The calendar lifts out revealing more storage.

And a drawer in the front.

And a drawer in the front.

Next, in the same shop, is this simpler yet elegant writing box.

Again, quite tasteful. \

Again, quite tasteful.
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Front view.

Front view.

Open the lid and find your stationary.

Open the lid and find your stationary.

No secret compartment unless you count the area under the pen tray, common to most writing desks.

No secret compartment unless you count the area under the pen tray, common to most writing desks.

Finally, there is these more elaborate take on the portable writing desk.

Shown here unfolded.

Shown here unfolded.

The stationary storage area.

The stationary storage area.

Some clips up front for rapid access  to some cards.

Clips up front for rapid access to cards.

Possibly a missing drawer?

Possibly a missing drawer?

Forms a cube when folded.

Forms a box when folded.

This box features some unique hardware.

A double hinge. Lower hinge is for the lower writing section. Upper hinge is for the storage area under the upper writing section.

A double hinge. Lower hinge is for the lower writing section. Upper hinge is for the storage area under the upper writing section. Note the channels for the hinge barrels. Clocked.

A campaign-like pull on the storage compartment.

A campaign-like pull on the storage compartment. Not in brass. Clocked.

The box handle has a nautical appearance.

The box handle has a nautical appearance.

A long hinge. Clocked.

A long hinge. Clocked.

As a bonus, here is a simpler (cheaper) version of the first box.

Many, but not all, of the features of the first box.

Many, but not all, of the features of the first box.

Folded. There is a drawer.

Folded. There is a drawer. Not a burl case but also not $2,400.