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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Classic Fife 'Kismet'

Published: Friday, 22nd May 2009


Full set of spars shipped to Ipswich to be united with the restored Kismet.

Leaving the collar workshops is the complete set of spars for the classic 1898 fully restored fife Kismet. Having received the order for the spars back in January 2008, the project has been moving along quietly in the background, to tie in with her restoration.

Having been very successful in her day, she was last sailed in a 1948 regatta before laid up in an Essex mud berth. After 50 years she caught the eye of Richard Matthews, ex owner of Oyster Yachts and Southampton Yacht Services, who decided together with Adrian she was worth saving. Despite the lack of deck and deck beams, the pitch-pine-on oak hull had survived very well, and only the counter stern, which apparently was knocked off by a bomb in the war, have suffered.

With very little information to go on, the design work on the sail plan was drawn up by David Cooper, ex Holman and Pye, in keeping with the rig she would have carried when first launched. The spars, all manufactured in fine grain Columbian Pine, dresses with bronze fittings from Classic Marine and varnished with 8 coats of Epiffanes look every bit ready for the traditional rigging that will be put on at Foxes Marina before launch.

With Kismet gracing this years classic boat scene there is a little doubt she will make the headlines and provide plenty of opportunitties for some sailing shots. As soon as available we will post them here.