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 the ability to turn almost any size of column from a variety of materials, there is little we cannot accommodate. 

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

The logical progression into wooden masts

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

Oars

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 makes 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.

Projects

With a history dating back over 80 years, we have produced mast and spars for some of the most beautiful yachts in existence. Specialising in producing the finest quality yacht masts 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 varnishing, a Collars product has over eighty years of experience and expertise put into it, making us 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 of in recent years.

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Mast Quotation

Lutine

A large percentage of the masts we produce are not for classes or One Designs, but are unique, one-off builds. The total flexibility in using wood, as opposed to alloy, appeals to the imaginative yacht designer as the traditionalist who would have none other. The craft vary from custom-built yachts constructed in large, commercial yards to dinghies built in the garden shed with the aid of a book and lots of enthusiasm. Modifications and improvements to existing designs are also very common, as well as easy to incorporate during the construction process.

If you are considering a replacement wooden spar and are not sure of the class, or perhaps like the concept of changing a sloop into a gaff that has taken your fancy, we will be able to help. To enable us to establish exactly what you require, we need some basic measurements and information so we can put together a specification on which to quote.

Below is a list of questions that we will ask so, to help us to help you, consideration needs to be given to the following:

  • Class of boat/designer if known

  • Type of rig; fractional, gaff, sloop etc..

  • Material - Douglas Fir or Spruce

  • Length overall of spar

  • Section at base

  • Section at top

  • Fitting at top - sheave or button etc.

  • Fitting at base; keel, deck stepped tabernacle etc.

  • Main section - tapered, parallel etc.

  • External track or internal luff


Ironically, it is not so much the length of spar which is of most importance, but the section. Knowing the maximum diameter size of the spar will enable us to establish the most suitable construction method, as well as the number and size of all the component parts. Working within standard balks of timber is necessary and key to any costing.