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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New Crucifix in time for Christmas

Published: Monday, 30th December 2013


Our local Catholic Church called upon Collars to replace a steel crucifix with a more appropriate wooden cross.

Having undertaken previous commissions for the local Catholic Church in Wallingford, the Priest called upon Collars to replace the rather unsightly modern metal crucifix with a more traditional timber version on to which the figure of Jesus could be re-attached.

Although at first glance a simple task, the style, choice of timber, and finish all needed careful consideration, not to mention the logistics of ‘swapping’ the crosses over when positioned high above an Alter in a place of worship. However after oiling up some timber samples Western Red Cedar was chosen as the preferred option and the new cross was made to a simple design.

With tcrucifixhe Church in almost dailyuse the figure could not be absent and therefore the crosses needed to be swapped over on the same day. The Alter was moved, scaffold was erected and very carefully the old crucifix and figure were lowered down on block and tackle. After carefully removing the beautifully carved lime wood figure, he was placed upon the new Cedar cross and re-attached. Using the same method of hanging the cross it was winched up back into position and re-attached. The result was very pleasing and looked far more in keeping with how a crucifix should be. After a week in position, Father, initially worried about the reaction of some of the parishioners, informed us that not one of his congregation had mentioned to him anything about the new cross. So retrospectively a little disappointed no one noticed.