I wanted a cheap but large pinboard to use at home, with cork so that pushing pins in would be really easy, with an unobtrusive but not unattractive frame, and light enough to hang on the wall with ordinary picture-hooks. So this one is ideal from my point of view, though it might not be solid enough for use in an institution. The sheet of cork is framed but not backed, which means the whole thing is very light, but it is thick enough to hold the pins firmly (they don't come through on the other side). The frame is pale wood, unvarnished. It arrived very quickly. If you want something really solid this would not be for you, but otherwise I recommend it.