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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Crossing the Atlantic the An-Tiki way


To sail across the Atlantic is by any means an accomplishment, to do it on a raft made of plastic water pipes simply lashed together with ratchet straps, takes a particular type of adventurer. This has been the dream of Anthony Smith, an explorer, author and former Tomorrow's World television presenter, who at 84 will lead a team of 3 others from the Canary Islands bound for a beach in the Bahamas 2,800 miles away. Setting off in February 2011 the planned crossing will take approximately 70 days and raising awareness and money for the charity Water Aid.

Collars became involved with the project when we were approached to manufacture and supply a pair of 14' sweeps and a 26' steering oar. With no rudders the steering oar will be used for directional stability, and the sweeps as a back up or when conditions require. The raft follows similarities as used by the early Polynesians and recreated in 1947 by the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his raft Kon-Tiki. Crossing from South America to Tahiti, he and his team of five others successfully completed the trip in 101 days.

Anthony Smith will be joined by by three others, recruited by a small advert placed in the Telegraph, and with a combined age of 258 years between the 4 of them, there in no question about the wealth of experience on board. For more information and to follow their crossing - - and from all at Collars we wish them fair winds and godspeed in their crossing.