Oak Lectern - Colliers Wood

Pressure-treated Softwood Shelter

Panel in oak frame on stone plinth

Routed wood sign on timber plinth


The style and format of an installation is often down to personal taste but there are certain guidelines you can follow in relation to the location and intended use.

A lectern format often works best in most locations but particularly in open country where an upright style might be too obtrusive.  On the other hand, it may be important that the sign can be seen from a distance, in which case an upright style would be best.

A lectern may not be so good under trees as there may be problems with leaves, needles, dust etc. settling on the panel.  Whilst this is not a problem in itself, over time it might lead to algae growing around the edge of the frame which could look unsightly.

Generally, the more rustic the location, the more rustic the style can be.  Out in the wilds, a mount constructed in undressed pressure-treated timber or untreated green oak can look the part whilst in a manicured city park, a much more highly finished option would probably be better.

Steel mounts might be the preferred choice in an urban environment, particularly where there is the threat of vandalism.

The subject matter can also have a bearing on the style of sign.  For example, where the panel covers industrial history or a particular style of architecture, it might be possible to construct a mount which reflects that in some way.

The use of colour is also a consideration, both in the panel design and the chosen mount.  We would normally prefer to use colours which are found in nature or else try to mirror shades which can already be seen in the sign’s locality.  This helps it blend in and diminishes its impact on the surroundings.