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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Sculling oar

sculling oars

A traditional art needs a traditional oar to suit.

Sculling a boat by means of a single oar mounted over the transom is one of the oldest forms of propulsion. The origins remain a little uncertain, but it is known to have been used in ancient China where the Yuloh oar was first employed, and which can still been seen in use today.  

In recent times, the technique of sculling is mainly reserved to time served waterman and unfortunately, is not being passed on to the younger generations to enjoy. Although the forward speed is less than conventional rowing it allows the boatman to face forward and manoeuvre in busy harbours where oar space may be lacking on either side.


Although there are different designs of sculling oars, at Collars we offer a traditional version, flat one side, and convex on the other, blending into a round tapered loom with a comfortable shaped handle. Made from fine grain Sitka Spruce, the sculling oar offers the perfect mix of performance and grace to allow everyone to learn the art of sculling like a skilled boatman.

Standard sizes available are 7'6" and 9'6", but as they are made by hand to order we can normally accommodate any slight modifications you have. Likewise, to finish the oar a 12" stitched leather is recommended to protect the Spruce.