All-Natural, Timber Frame Interpretive Sign

A rugged and  beautiful structure, our Interpretive Sign is a great addition to any park, museum, or municipality hoping to highlight a natural feature or historic building to the public. A curving cherry beam ties together the Black Locust posts with traditional mortise and tenon joinery.  The timber members are all made from Black Locust, a naturally rot-resistant wood species from our northern New England forests. As part of the kit, we supply metal mounting brackets that easily attach to your display panel. If desired, TimberHomes Vermont can help facilitate design and production of your display. Placed low to the ground, the Interpretive Sign is easily viewed and enjoyed by all at your scenic overlook, riverside park, or museum.

Pricing for Interpretive Sign

Single unit: $1,500

2-4 units: $1,400

5 or more: Call for pricing.


  • Credit Card transactions will add 3.25% to the total price.
  • Prices do not include installation or delivery. We are happy to provide a quote!

To order: Send us an email » or call: 802-685-7974

Lead time: Ranges from 4 – 16 weeks, depending on the season and demand.

Interpretive Signboard Specs

What’s in the Kit: Fully assembled timber frame base, metal display panel brackets, and Display Panel (if ordered through TimberHomes Vermont).


  • Timber:
    • Posts 5.5” x 5.5” Black Locust
    • Angled header is Black Locust or White Oak
    • Lower tie beam is curved Cherry with a mortise & tenon joint
    • Brackets are either stainless or galvanized steel.
  • Display Area: TimberHomes can easily stretch or shrink the size of the frame to work with the size of your desired display panel. Please call to discuss.

Display Panels:

TimberHomes does not manufacture display panels, we subcontract with a professional sign maker. We have relationships with both graphic artists and professional sign makers. If you need help with either the design or procuring a sign, THVT can easily facilitate the process. If you prefer, THVT will be happy to supply just the Interpretive Sign frame and mounting brackets, leaving the rest of the project for your team.

  • Display Panel Material: In the past, THVT has installed either High Pressure Laminate or PVC display panels on our Interpretive Signs. Both materials are durable and made for exterior usage. High Pressure Laminate display panels, on the upper end of cost, is highly resistant to UV light and even vandalism.

Standard Options for Interpretive Signboard

  • Stretch the Size of the Sign Area: Call to discuss.
  • Customizing: We are happy to make any adjustments you have in mind for an hourly labor/design rate plus materials. See example below of a custom sign built for the town of Rangeley, Maine.

Interpretive Sign Installation

Our Interpretive Signboard is simple to install and the work can be readily done by a group of 2+ strong people following our instructions. With your purchase of a TimberHomes Vermont Interpretive Sign, we will include installation instructions:

  • The frame will come completely assembled, and ready to be installed into the ground. After the holes are dug, the project should take 2+ people about an hour to complete.
  • Two steel “L” mounting brackets will come attached to the wooden frame. It is predrilled for the attachment of the display panel. TH will supply screws for installation. 
  • If THVT is supplying the display, the brackets will come preattached to the High Pressure Laminate or PVC display ready for reinstallation to the frame.

Installing the Interpretive Sign Frame (standard size):

  • We recommend calling dig safe to ensure that it is safe to dig in your desired location
  • Dig two 12″ holes, 4′-6″ deep, 3′ apart on center.
  • We recommend the use of a 12″ x 4′ sonotube installed in the post hole locations
  • Insert posts into tubes and backfill with clean gravel, checking the unit for plumb and level
  • We DO NOT recommend backfilling posts with concrete.
  • Install display panel brackets and display with provided fasteners.

Delivery & Shipping

Our prices assume pickup at our shop in Vershire or Montpelier, Vermont. A single Interpretive Signboard can fit easily into the back of a full-sized pickup truck.  Please discuss vehicle requirements with us depending on your order.

  • Pick-up: Our products will be Free On Board at either of our shop locations (Vershire and Montpelier), however, we will specify which shop your kiosk must be picked up from. If you have a preference, please be sure to tell us.
  • Delivery: We will charge a roundtrip mileage rate to deliver. Ask for a quote.
  • Shipping:TimberHomes relies extensively on third party “hotshot” or LTL carriers to deliver our products. Depending upon your location, quantity of units, and scheduling constraints, the costs and requirements of getting products to you can vary greatly. Please call to discuss.

The Nature of Wood

Our products are built using natural timbers from our local forests. We strive to choose timber of the highest quality for your project. However, trees are unique and, as such, are not perfectly uniform. The wood used for our handcrafted timber frames may have knots, wormholes, blue stain, or wane.  Typically none of these features pose any kind of risk to the structural integrity of your product.

The wood we use is also green (meaning recently cut) or air dried, and comes from our local sawmills. It is not kiln dried wood from a lumber yard. As green wood dries it may develop checking or cracks, it may shrink or twist, and like all of us, it will grey over time. These characteristics make natural wood products unique. None of these characteristics affect the structural integrity of the wood or the kiosk. Nevertheless, we strongly recommend that you inspect your product on an annual basis for signs of deterioration, and be in touch if you have concerns.

The Black Locust Challenge

For sign posts that are installed directly into the ground, we have moved to using strictly Black Locust material (Robinia Pseudoacacia). Some other timber species have some natural rot resistance (white oak, cedar, etc), but locust is the incomparable gold standard. Ask any old farmer. However, it typically does not grow very straight, which makes getting a 12’ long kiosk post difficult, and means that our kiosk posts are almost guaranteed to have some of the defects listed above. We have chosen to value the longevity of the product over a straight-grained, knot free look.

Kiosk Post Care/Inspection

We strongly recommend installing your sign’s posts into a tube, such as a culvert or even a Sonotube. With ideally 3-6” of gravel at the bottom of your hole, install the tube at the prescribed post center and lightly back fill with the native soil. Install the kiosk posts/display assembly into the tubes. After the unit is leveled and plumbed, use clean gravel to backfill the post.  Be sure to keep the gravel around the post bottoms clear of soil and other organic matter. Doing so should ensure decades of service from your kiosk.

We strongly recommend that the posts bottoms are inspected annually. If your organization has an annual maintenance check list, please add sign inspection to the list.