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?

The Sitka Spruce

With over 40 different species in the Spruce family, the Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis) is not only the biggest but also the highest regarded. Grown in the land of giants - Northwest America - It takes its name from Sitka, the old Russian capital of Alaska on Baranof Island. Growing up to 300 feet, they cover the landscape like a thick blanket, making it the most valuable tree species in Alaska. A quick and easy way to identify Sitka Spruce is to grab a branch - the needles stick out in all directions and hurt. Unlike other conifers, Sitka Spruce needles can take in minerals such as calcium and phosphorus from ocean spray.

With mounting concerns over the conservation of the environment, the timber we use is always 'certified'. This guarantees that all the timber we buy has been grown in 'well managed' forests that follow very strict rules laid down by the government. Not only do these include felling and conservation issues, but a strong emphasis is placed on re-planting and regeneration. In the USA and Canada this has been so successful that forest growth (standing timber) is increasing by 33% each year, after harvesting! For every tree felled, two new trees have to be planted.

Unlike European Spruce from Norway and Russia, Sitka Spruce is relatively free from defects such as knots, and at one time used so extensively in the Aviation industry its grading became known as 'Aircraft Quality Spruce'. With the decline in demand, prices went up, and now not many timber companies in the UK find it worth while importing. However with no real substitute, and our total usage volume of over 1500 cubic feet a year, there are still a handful of loyal timber importers who go to great lengths to provide us with not only good quality Sitka Spruce, but also the long lengths required for masts.

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