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.
If you close it, it looks like this. Burl adds to the cost/value.
An interior view showing storage and the perpetual calendar.
The calendar is three paper scrolls.Use the small knobs to change the displayed day/date/month.
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.
And a drawer in the front.
Next, in the same shop, is this simpler yet elegant writing box.
Again, quite tasteful.
Open the lid and find your stationary.
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.
The stationary storage area.
Clips up front for rapid access to cards.
Possibly a missing drawer?
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. Note the channels for the hinge barrels. Clocked.
A campaign-like pull on the storage compartment. Not in brass. Clocked.
The box handle has a nautical appearance.
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.
Folded. There is a drawer. Not a burl case but also not $2,400.