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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S/Y 'Merrymaid'

Published: Monday, 2nd November 2009


Spars leave our workshop for the second time after some modifications.

For the last couple of months the 100’ Camper and Nicholson Cutter ‘Merrymaid’ has been berthed at Southampton Yacht Services and has undergone some modification work following her 20,000 mile cruise of South America.

Although he rig would work well in light Mediterranean airs, for large ocean crossings with less predictive conditions it was decided to shorten the topmast and run with a more modest topsail with the option of a full topsail on a new jack yard. With some repair work and a few modifications to the boom the spars were shipped back to Collars for the work to be carried out.

Sawing 12' off a perfectly good 44' topmast took some precision in order that the forestay and cap shrouds could be re-used, as well as hitting the internal solid section. To make it work perfectly 180mm had to be trimmed off the base, the fid hole raised and a small 750mm stub mast added to the top to carry the service sheave. All went as planned an after some sea trials she will be back across the Atlantic to continue her world cruise.

The full story is covered in our October newsletter available to download or by requesting a hard copy through the office.