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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'Kindly Light' soon to be sailing again

Published: Wednesday, 27th July 2011

Kindly Light

Spars for the Pilot Cutter and Historic Ship 'Kindly Light' well underway at Collars

'Kindly Light', designed by William Stoba built and launched in November 1911 by Armour Brother, she cost the pricey sum of £525 and was for the Barry pilot Lewis Alexandra.

She represented the final evolution of the pure sailing pilot cutter and was considered to be the fastest and most successful of the one hundred and sixty or so pilot cutters working in the Bristol Channel immediately prior to the First World War.

Pilot cutters then often traveled a fair distance beyond Land's End to pilot ships into the Bristol Channel. More than often it was the fastest boat that got the job, a point on which the Kindly Light scored high, and in the process she set many records and made her owner a wealthy man.

In 1922 she was bought by Commander Linklater, renamed 'Theodora ' and converted into a yacht.

She remained in private ownership and in 1960, she became the founding vessel of the Ocean Youth Trust and continued to take young boys and girls to sea until she was sold to the Maritime Trust in 1971 to become a museum exhibit in 1977 at Cardiff. Eventually, in 1993, she was sold by the Maritime Trust back into private ownership on the understanding that she would be restored.

After 14 years she is nearing completion of her meticulous restoration at Gweek in Cornwall and Collars have been commissioned to supply all her spars in solid laminated Douglas Fir. With the help of Stones Timber, specially cut and sized Fir has been carefully selected from the Pacific Northwest and is on it's way over for work to begin. Although still a lot to do, David Walkey and his team are aiming to get her ready to be sailing again this summer to mark her 100th birthday, something I sure will be featured again in a future Newsletter.