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....

Oars

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.

Flag poles

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.

Projects

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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Mast repairs and restorations

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At Collars, we embrace  all wooden spars, both old and new, and over the years we have seen every degree of damage whether caused by accidents or simply neglect. Repairing a spar well is a specialist job, and something we're pleased to undertake. Putting a damaged spar back into service is just as rewarding as making it from new, and often it's the right thing to do when there is an amount of history involved with the boat and rig. One project involved cutting a large spar in two down the middle to move solids and inset electrical conduits, and to find the initials of all the spar makers next to the date it was closed up made us feel quite humble.

To repair or replace is often a dilemma we're faced with. Every spar is different, the nature of the problem is different, and the overall complexity needs to be addressed on an individual basis. Quite often it becomes a false economy to look at repairing a spar where there is a likelihood that further problems will occur. A good example of this is failed glue lines. If one side of the spar has failed and is repaired, the likelihood is that the other side will fail the following season, possibly followed by the scarfs. Splitting a mast in two to re-glue is all very well, but the clamping pressure in the middle of a round spar when re-assembling creates it's own problems.  The best advice is to speak to us.

Modern glues have improved tremendously from old, but the best advice is little-and-often maintenance. If the varnish is 'let to go' the work to bring it back to it's former glory is plentiful and often by then the damage has been done.