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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12mR Spars in for repair

Published: Wednesday, 12th November 2008


Too many years of neglect have taken their toll.

Collars have been commissioned to undertake the refurbishment of the mast and boom from a classic German 12meter that is in the early stages of a complete restoration here in the UK.

For the last 18 months the spars had been stored at a marina on the South Coast and unfortunately have suffered considerable damage for being exposed to the sun without a proper varnish protection. Collars will initially remove all the mast hardware together with the remaining varnish and then leave the spar to dry out and stabilise as moisture has penetrated under the varnish.

Once dry the next step is to spline two forward glue lines that have sprung together with a number of other areas that have suffered. Once done and to hide the splines a new forward piece will be glued onto the spar over the full length, capping the repair. The mast will then undergo the application of a complete varnish system before May next year and then be re-united with the yacht. 

Moving a 12meter spar at 92' in length required the expert help once again Crispin and his team from Portacraft in Lymington. Using his large trailer with rear wheel steering he was able to manoeuvre round the sharp bend at entrance to the farm where 40' semi trailers with tractor units often struggle. More pictured to follow as work progresses.