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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Which Timber is best?

Douglas Fir

The Douglas Fir

The Douglas Fir (or Oregon Pine) graces many of the slopes of Northwest America, in addition to being well represented across the globe in recent times. Douglas Fir, or Pseudotsuga menziesii, is named for two Scottish explorers and botanists: Archibald Menzies was the first Western naturalist to encounter the tree on Canada's Vancouver Island in 1791, and subsequently taxonomised it, and David Douglas later introduced the tree into cultivation: trees grown from the first seeds he sent home to Britain in 1828 are still standing. The Douglas Fir can grow to heights of 100 metres, and its growth rate is startlingly fast: a tree planted in a British landscaped garden around 80 years ago is now in excess of 175 feet high, and still a young tree. Interestingly, although the tree's common names identify it as a fir or pine, it is neither: it's now recognised as a distinct species.

Douglas Firs have long been recognised as ideal trees for cultivation: the trunk grows exceptionally straight and true with only a slight taper, the lower branches dying back as the tree's crown grows higher, providing a lengthy expanse of useful timber. For this reason, it is very frequently encountered as a plantation tree across North America and North Europe.

Timber from the Douglas Fir is robust and fine-grained, making it slightly stronger - although heavier - than Sitka Spruce. It seasons well, even when it's used in constructions during its 'green phase', and has a long tradition of use in building and spar construction, where its excellent ratings under stress and compression make it ideal.

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