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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Oar pitch: Getting it right can make all the difference


All too often, the pitch of an oar is forgotten about when it comes to recreational rowing. Too much pitch makes it hard to bury the blade; too little pitch makes it too easy to pull too deep through the water.  When the pitch is correct (about 4 degrees), the blade will balance in the water at a comfortable level, allowing the rower to concentrate on the effort needed to propel the boat, rather than on blade depth.

In simple terms, the pitch is the angle of the blade away from perpendicular during the pull phase of the stroke. Imagine the top of the blade angled aft of  the bottom edge. This is the net result of the pitch in the oar itself and the pitch of the gate on the pin.  On modern carbon shaft oars the plastic sleeving can be adjusted to create the desired pitch, but on wooden shafts its a little more involved.

Most rowers have their preferred angle, somewhere between 3 to 7 deg of positive pitch, and to achieve this we have to build it into the oars. The flat back of the oar needs to be angled before any sleeving is applied, thus creating the desired pitch and also assigning the blade to either bow side or starboard side. Rowing with the oars on the wrong side will turn positive into negative pitch and will be almost impossible to use. To set the oars a pitch gauge is used, the tip of the blade is placed on a level surface and then the angle required is set on the gauge. A smoothing plane is used on the back of the oars and shaft around the area of the button is taken down until the bubble on the gauge reads correctly, thus creating pitch on the oar blade itself. After varnishing the sleeve or leather is applied and then number and labelled ready for use. On old oars there is always the possibility that they can twist slightly over time, and therefore periodic checking is sometimes worthwhile

Next time you see a rowing crew stop rowing, and put their blades flat on the water, notice how their blades run over the water without any hint of catching with the forward motion. Just remember that the pitch has lifted the forward edge of the blade in relation to the aft.