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.

Contact us


Freeland Yacht Spars are one of a few businesses left in the Marine Industry with the traditional ways of respect their customers. The respect comes from all levels within the business and I very much enjoy placing and order to receiving a quality mast delivered by very pleasant drivers which makes such a difference these days and an inspiration to all. 
                                                                                                                                    Mr Tony Smee - Folkboat UK

The mast is a work of functional art! To achieve total functionality combined with a high tactile and visual merit is rare; but has been done in this case. … A business which provides a formal service combining craftsmanship and a responsive design. This was of great value to me as a customer.
                                                                                                                                 Brigadier Charles B Telfer CBE

It was a pleasure dealing with you and the depth of knowledge and experience was plain to see.
                                                                                                                                                        Anthony Collins

The quality and professionalism of Collars shone through right from the initial enquiry all the way to delivery of a first class product. They behaved not just as a supplier but an enthusiastic member of the project team. Ten out of ten.
                                                                                                                                                   Colin Chettleburgh

Please accept my sincere thanks for the outstanding way in which you and your team have met and exceeded expectations in every respect. This was Total Quality Management in the practice and the spirit: Congratulations.

From all levels from the Managing Director to the Driver, Collar’s staff were professional punctilious and (above all) punctual. I wish other companies achieved the same standard.

                                                                                                                                                       John Hutchinson

Dear Jeremy
You have no idea how much joy your Newsletter gives.
The last article about Merlin Rockets brought back all my early boat building career at Woottens when Arthur Wotten and I were building Merlins. The Chippendale hulls were faster with roves which made them heavier than Jack Holt’s which were clenched.
I was given the job of rudder blades with a scribing gauge tapering from 1-1/4” mahogany down to ¼”
I started my career in Bourne End with John Andrews sweeping up and making the tea for 25 shillings a week but I did not like hard chine Slipper Launches. Reading Cruising Yacht Designs and Performance by Harrison T. Butler who was an ophthalmic surgeon gave me the idea I should become a dentist where I worked happily in Windsor for 40 Years.
Friends say a strange career change from boatbuilding to dentistry, to which I reply you have to make a strong watertight joint with both.
Yours sincerely

Arthur Grant
DOB 17:3:1929