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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Wooden Spinnaker Pole with Modern End Fitting

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For all the pure traditionalist amount us, using modern materials on a wooden spar may appear sacrilege, but when it offers a practical solution to a common problem, a little leeway needs to be given.

A common occurrence we have encountered over the years are wooden spinnaker poles and the problem in finding suitable pole end fittings when they get to a certain size. Few fittings are available off the shelf that can offer the necessary strength required without getting unjustifiably heavy - and walking along the dockside during a classic regatta it is common to see the odd carbon or alloy pole lying neatly along the beautiful teak deck.

Whilst supplying all the spars for the Fife Kismet, a wooden pole was ordered and it was decided the time had come to find a solution whereby Harken pole end fittings could be utilised. This had often been a topic of conversation between designer Ed Burnett and I, so when asked for a bit of guidance and a laminate specification he was only too pleased to help out.

The first task was to produce a suitable tapered mandrel on the lathe that formed the perfect inside diameters required for the tapered spar end as well as the parallel Harken fitting. After sealing and waxing, ten layers of 205gsm E-Glass  were applied followed by a single layer of a carbon and Kevlar weave to protect against possible chafe. The whole lot was then consolidated and vacuumed, and when cured released from the mandrel and trimmed to suit.

The necessary recesses were then cut into the spar ends to accept the sleeves, forming a flush fit, then the Harken end fittings carefully slid into position and bonded in place. The 23' spinnaker pole was left hollow right through to allow the trip cords to run internally, exiting through small sheave boxes at opposite ends.

Although the Kevlar blended neatly to the wood, traditionally sewn leather was then applied at either end for protection as well as grip. From the casual glance one would have little knowledge of what lies beneath, but with the performance and weight advantage from the Harken fittings, for us it is an acceptable blend of old and new.