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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1920's Gaff Ketch 'Patna'

Published: Friday, 23rd October 2009


An interesting project going through our workshop is the complete rig for a 1920's built gaff ketch 'Patna'.

Currently being restored by the talented David Walkie and his team in Gweek Quay, Cornwall, she is owned and project managed by the experienced Greg Powsland of 'Marigold' fame. Originally designed as a gaff ketch, she was converted to carry a Bermudian rig at some point early on in her carer, and carried this rig to this day.

Although the majority of the rig will be replaced with new Sitka Spruce spars, it has been decided to try and modify the early Bermudan main mast into a pole mast, and therefore the top 14' was cut off and the main 50' section was shipped back to our workshops for work to begin. With the discovery of a small area of rot and with no internal wiring together with the problem with the position of solids, the decision was made to cut the mast in half for closer inspection.

At 10" is diameter this is no easy feat, but with the correct jigs and a large diameter skill saw work began. With no ventilation in the main hollow section of the mast, the musty smell was very apparent when the hollow section was broken into, sealed away for many years. Unsure to the actual age of the mast, it was very enlightening to see when finally opened up, that the shapers has all initialed the interior dated it at '11th December 1929'. Also next to there initials they had drawn a picture of a holly leaf and a turkey with Christmas obviously in their minds. After 80 years it was wonderful to see their proud workmanship, and it has inspired us to continue their work and no doubt we will leave out mark before closing up the mast once again.

More details will follow as the project progresses.