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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Harry Spencer MBE 1925-2009

Published: Thursday, 11th June 2009

harry spencer

It is with great sadness that one of the Isle of Wight's best loved character and founder of Spencer Rigging and Spencer Thetis Wharf Ltd, passed away peacefully on 21st May 2009.

Harry Spencer lived a very colourful but fascinating life, involved in almost every sector of the marine industry from a pattern maker, yacht hand, yard foreman, delivery skipper, shipwright, sail maker to a world renowned wooden mast maker and rigger. Over the years Harry and his team were responsible for producing the rigs for some of the finest and largest classic yachts in the world from Fifes to Herreshoffs.

It was during the restoration of the 100' Fife 'Mariquita' in 2004 that Collars became connected with Spencer Masts, supplying the spar in conjunction with Harry. Being one of there last major projects he undertook before his retirement, Harry was very keen to see Collars continue on the work he had spent most of his life developing. During a number of meetings he kindly revelled many of his secrets and passed over to us much of his specialised equipment, most of which is used today in every spar we build.

"Harry was an inspiration, making what seemed impossible, possible, and without his help and enthusiasm I'm sure Collars would not be where we are today. He will be greatly missed but his work and memory will live on many years."

He leaves his wife, Ross, two sons, Mark and Rafe, and four grandchildren.