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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How to: Cleaning Bronze Fittings

bronze fitting

Time and time again, the replacement mast or spar is produced and all the original fittings, normally in a perfectly serviceable condition, are due to be reused. A relatively simple task of removing from the old spar and refitting in a like for like manner, except for us it is never quite as simple as we would wish it to be.
After carefully applying ten or so coats of high gloss Epiffanes, to offer up an old spreader fitting with 30 years of flaking varnish, old mastic and weathering, not even our least conscious employee would fit it without dressing it a little; but this is where the hours on the job run over. Over the years we have experimented with different methods, from tumble polishers to acids, but it is very hard to get the acceptable finish without spending hours of extra time, and once you start, you have to finish.


A recent job involved a large mast laden with original bronze fittings and, after a bit of Googling, we decided to experiment a little. After trying all combinations of baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar, etc with a very mild effect, we tried a normal kettle de-scaler. A shallow bath of hot water was prepared and a couple of sachets were simply dropped in and the the fittings carefully submerged in the water. There was no fizzing or anything as dramatic, but after a few hours it was apparent there were changes happening. Left overnight the greenish layer known better as patina had been removed and once again the colour in the bronze had returned. The advantage of using a solution to clean is it gets into all the hard to reach places that a conventional polishing wheel would struggle to reach. Although the result is a far cry from a new mirror finish appearance, it gives continuity and provides a starting block should one decide to take them to the next stage and buff them.