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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Local landmark requiring renovation.

Published: Thursday, 8th December 2016

Temple scaffolding

New columns for Temple

As a small business, Collars is always on the lookout for ways to diversify and our expertise in ‘glue lam’ construction has resulted in our involvement in interesting bespoke, architectural projects

One such enquiry came along from Henley Royal Regatta in September 2015, involving a well known South Oxfordshire landmark; The Temple on Temple Island, star of the start line at Henley Royal Regatta, held in June and the venue for many weddings and parties.

A chance conversation between the project manager and one of the HRR trustees, who’d previously bought a mast from Collars, pointed them in our direction.  The brief we were asked to tender on was the replacement of all 10 of the timber pillars supporting the temple roof and to make new sections of the cupola’s perimeter architrave.  After numerous  years of ongoing refurbishment, these areas were now beyond repair.

After several site visits, our proposal was presented to the committee and approved in November 2015. Because of the historic importance of the building, the conservation officer from Wokingham Borough Council also had to be consulted but they too were reassured by the plan we had put together.

Production started on the 10 columns in the workshop throughout January. An R & D exercise was undertaken and the decision was to make each column in 2 halves, using specially designed jig and our glue lamination technique. Flutings were routed into the columns around the top section, matching the originals exactly. With the help of some cleverly designed spindle moulder patterns, detailed decorative mouldings were made and added around the top and base, to finish the column off.

Once construction was complete, the pillars were epoxy primed followed by several coats of Epifanes Polyurethane, mixed to the approved colour. All we had to do now, was sit out the winter floods and wait for the River Thames at Henley to come off the danger, red board signs, then we could have access to the island. Time was ticking on and the first wedding of the season was looming.

Finally, the river dropped, the currents eased and the other craftsmen working on the Temple roof were ready for us to move in. The delicate operation of transporting the columns began. Quite a sight to see them being ferried across from Remenham, 4 halves at a time in the HRR launch.

For 2 gloriously sunny weeks in May, 6 members of the Collars team were pulled from our workshop, along with the coffee machine, to ensure the temple was rebuilt to it’s former glory, ready for the start of wedding celebrations, festivals and, of course, the annual Henley Royal Regatta.