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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6mR Silene III

Published: Thursday, 18th June 2009


The completed spar set for the classic 6Meter Silene III have just left the Collar Workshops destined for Helsinki, Finland.

Silene III was designed by E Holm in 1950, built in Sweden and after an early career on Lake Geneva and the Mediterranean, she is back in home waters where she is being put back to her original racing rig by her current owner.

Although 6 meter rigs are heavily governed by the rule book, the spars for Silene III were an interesting challenge for Collars in that they were all built from fine grain Oregon Pine opposed to Sitka Spruce. The end result provided a stiffer, spar and with minimum and varying wall thicknesses throughout the spar, there was no sacrifice in terms of weight and center of gravity. The entire internal hollowing was completely taken out by hand opposed to machine to ensure the accuracy to within 1mm internally. Senior mast maker Lee Gabel was responsible for the shaping throughout and commented that it took longer to shape internally that externally, and no one will ever see the work to appreciate it - well hopefully never.

All the fittings were made locally to designs by Ed Burnett and the rig was fully dressed and varnished before being packed and shipped. For a complete photographic built process from the timber arriving to the varnished spars follow the link below: