Bespoke work away from masts and oars

With a proven pedigree in the world of wooden yacht masts and oars, our skills and knowledge have often been called upon within similar industries. As a glue-lam specialist and with the flexibility and facilities to take on a wide range of projects, diversification has become common place.

With the growing demand for traditional and sustainable materials within modern architecture, internal and external columns both structural and cosmetic have become regular work to satisfy this growing market. With a the ability to turn almost any size of column, from a variety of materials there is little we can not accommodate. 

The link below will highlight some of the bespoke projects we have und ertaken over the years. 

The logical progression into wooden masts

Over the years Collar spars have been used in Olympic competition, crossed all of the worlds Oceans, and can be found on nearly all wooden spared production boats ever made. With a capacity of producing any wooden mast or spar up to 100' in length....


Having made our name in producing the finest quality wooden rowing oars for crews throughout the world, it is hardly surprising that we are still producing a comprehensive range today. At the lower end of the range are the standard wooden oars, offering quality and value for everyday use. Using the skills from three generations of the Collar family, a pair of Spruce spoon or skiff oars can be produced individually to the customer's requirements.

Flag poles

Whether looking to replace an historical flagpole or raising a celebratory flag, our pedigree in producing the finest quality wooden masts for over 80 years m akes Collars the obvious choice for making any flagpole. Using the finest quality timber available our skilled craftsmen are able turn by hand any size or configuration required. With our bespoke service we will guide you throughout the complete process, from an initial consultation to erecting the finished product.


With a history dating back over 80 years, we have produced mast and spars for some of the most beautiful yachts in existence. Specia lising on producing the finest quality yachts mast and spars we pride ourselves on a personal, tailored service, and maintain a close and constant contact with our customers. From the critical choice of timber to the final stages of smoothing and varni shing, a Collars product has over eighty years of experience and expertise put into it, making it the number one choice time and time again.

The following links are a small selection of the some of projects we have been proud to be part off in recent years.

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The finest masts, oars & sculls for over 80 years

80 Years of Hand Crafting Wooden Oars, Mast and Spars

Collars have been in the business of providing rowers and sailors with specialist equipment for over 80 years. From our early beginnings in a Thameside boathouse in 1930's Oxford, making oars and sculls for the colleges, to our present involvement with large international yacht projects, the name Collars speaks of quality and tradition.

Over the years our customers have ranged from the owners of small dinghies teaching their children the virtues of sailing to large yacht-owning consortiums restoring ocean going thoroughbreds that can compete once again on the world stage. Every mast or spar we produced has three generations and several working lifetimes of experience and expertise poured into it making Collars the number one choice time and time again. 

Although machines have made the job lighter and quicker for modern oar and spar makers, there is still a tremendous amount of skilled hand work involved. Using the traditional tools and skills all our products are crafted using the same manufacturing methods passed down through three generations of time served craftsman allowing future generations of yachtsmen to enjoy and cherish.   

A small insight into our world of mast and oar making - The Cornish Gig Oar.

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