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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Salterns Boats Ltd


Jeremy Freeland of Collars and Greg Dalrymple of Salterns Boatbuilders signed a joint agreement in April 2010 involving the traditional range of Dayboats including the Wagtail, Tela and Memory. In doing so the manufacture and distribution was passed over to a newly formed company; Salterns Boats Ltd headed by Jeremy and operating out of Collars’ existing site in Dorchester on Thames, Oxon.

For the last 14 years Greg had been successful in developing the range, appealing to both experienced sailors and novices alike all built with quality and tradition. Throughout this time Collars had supplied the spars for the range and during this association, Greg and Jeremy had become good friends both in and away from business with like minded goals. With other project on the horizon, Greg made the decision to take more of a back seat and hand the reins over, but is still very involved, helping Jeremy with the production and sales.

This exciting venture back into small boat production is run separately, but along aside the existing Collar business, and undoubtedly benefits from Jeremy’s previous experience within this field. ‘We are under no illusion that the first few years will anything but easy’ said Jeremy ‘but if we stick to our core values that have worked with Collars, and given the fantastic following the boats have already, there should be no question of it not being a success.”

Salterns Boats Ltd