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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Pin Oars

pin oar

Traditional feel, traditional reliability

This arrangement of rowing can be found on many boats throughout the Cumbrian Lakes and in parts of Scotland. A very traditional yet simple way of attaching the oar to the boat, replacing the conventional rowlock with a vertical pin. Known as the thole pin and usually mounted on a rowing frame or gunwale, it serves as a fulcrum or pivot point for the oar to rotate around.

To accommodate the hole for the pin, the loom of the oar is left square from the end of the handle to 4 inches past the pin. This allows easy positioning for the pin slot as well as acting as a counter balance, as very light downward pressure by the hands is the key to successful rowing with this type of arrangement. The hole, normally triangular in section to allow the full movement throughout the stroke, is lined with copper for protection. Occasionally a small clip is fixed to the top of the pin as it protrudes through the oar to prevent it jumping off.

With many different designs unique to particular areas of the country and boat builders alike, we would be pleased to reproduce an existing pattern or provide a suitable alternative.

Generally, lengths are similar to our standard oar, but the position of the square section carrying the pin varies from boat to boat, mainly determined by the beam. Manufactured in either spruce for lightness or Pine for durability all designs are finished in a hard-wearing polyurethane gloss varnish.

Please contact us with your requirements and we will be pleased to help.