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....

Oars

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.

Flag poles

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.

Projects

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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Collar Oars- going for gold again after 60 Years

Published: Wednesday, 27th July 2011

bert and dickie

Supplying oars to the film industry has been a regular occurrence over the years. However, our latest film commission has certainly got us digging through the archives.

In the past, attention to detail and historical correctness was often not at the top of the list, but this is quite the opposite with the latest request from the BBC.

The brief was simple; to replicate a batch of oars identical to what would have been used in the 1948 London Olympics (more details about the film to follow soon), which have to be correct in every aspect, down to the leathered button and even the Union Jack painted on the blades. This provided the perfect opportunity to dig deep in all our patterns and templates, all of which any normal company would have thrown out years ago, but instead horded at the back of the workshop as a reminder of our oar making pedigree. Referencing pictures together with a discussion with John Collar, the perfect oar machining pattern was identified and ironically all the blade marking and profiling patterns were also found; impressive after 60 or so years in storage.

There was a little bit of initial head scratching to establish exactly how the patterns were to be used, as it was clear that over the years we have changed the techniques which were employed over half a century ago. When it comes to the hand shaping however, nothing much has changed and just maybe, one day soon, our oars may win Olympic Gold once again.