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....


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.


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.


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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The Yuloh Sculling Oar

yuloh oar

After 85 years of making wooden oars, from lightweight competition racing blades to 26' long barge oars, there is not a lot we don't have patterns or drawings for. One of the few exceptions however is the little known oar called the 'Yuloh', which although we have come across it a number of times, the information and proportions are somewhat undefined.

The Yuloh is a sculling oar developed by the Chinese for use on Sampans. It's unique feature is in it's curve or angled shaft that fits onto a pin that locates in a socket on the underside of its shaft, creating a pivot which allows the oar to swivel and rock from side to side. The weight of the oar, supplemented by a rope lashing, holds the oar in place on the pivot. The weight of the outboard portion of the oar is counterbalanced by a rope running from the underside of the handle to the deck of the boat. The sculler mainly moves the oar by pushing and pulling on this rope, which causes the oar to rock from side to side on its pivot, automatically angling the blade to create forward thrust. This method has been used for hundreds of years and some reports suggest that it may have provided the early inspiration for the screw propeller over the more common paddle wheel of the day.

Each Yuloh we have made over the years has been tailored to suit the boat in question. With important ratios between gunwale height, inboard/outboard length, and angles, it is not something that will be appearing as one of our stock items anytime soon. However, with followers worldwide, it is often ranked highly in it's efficiency and is particularly liked by single-handed sailors wanting one of the most simplest forms of auxiliary power.