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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Little Brig Sailing Trust

Published: Tuesday, 23rd June 2009

Little Brig

An interesting project that has just left the Collar workshops are the complete set of spars for the Sail Training vessel Caroline Allen.

Designed by Colin Mudie she is the sister ship of S/T Bob Allen, built and launched back in 2003 by Blondicell, of which Collars supplied all the spars first time around. Although both ships were meant to launched back in 2003, financed prevented this happening and resulted in the second boat never being finished. The recently formed Little Brig Sailing Trust have made things possible by securing Lottery Funding, and completing what was started 6 years before - to get boat ships to sail together.

The Caroline Allen has a steel hull and is rigged as a Brig, with two masts square rigged on both. She weighs 8.5 Tonnes, 42 foot overall in length with a 9 foot beam and a draught of only 4 foot 3 inches. The masts have an overall height of 29 foot and 32 feet and she can carry ten sails overall with a design speed of 6.5 knots on engine and 7 knots on sail. All her spars were made from clear Columbian Pine and painted in a marine gloss white system before dressing with GMS fittings specially made to suit.

Fitted out internally with seating as an instructional area 'Carolin Allen' is a day boat though in emergency the crew could sleep overnight. The cockpit is large and all sails can be controlled from there. There are no Ratlines, as the crew are not required to go aloft. All three yards on a mast are lowered to the Deck Level for sail preparation and stowing. The rig and design enable the vessel to be sailed with a Skipper and just four hands, enabling her perfect for training youngsters both experienced and novice alike.