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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Burnett 56' Ketch

Published: Wednesday, 11th February 2015

Ketch Spars

Ketch Spars

Spars for Burnett 56’ Ketch on their way to Brazil

Burnett mastA project that has been bubbling along in the background over the last 12 months is the complete rig for a 56’ double ended ketch designed by Ed Burnett. Currently under construction in Brazil, it was decided that the Columbian Pine spars were to be made here in the UK and shipped as a single package to the port of Vitoria after which the box will be transported up the coast by road to be united with the boat. All the spars are fully dressed with new stainless steel fittings supplied by Hercules in Dartmouth and on arrival will be ready for the standing and running rigging prior to stepping.

Logistics of shipping a 70’ main mast, 52’ mizzen together with both booms and all the mast hardware has had to be carefully planned. To prevent any damage, the spars were carefully packed in a purpose built crate and secured in place using expanding foam. The lid then screwed down in such a way it could be easily removed; as no doubt the customs officials would be keen to have a look inside on arrival.

With the high humidity and UV, choosing a suitable varnish system took careful consideration. In the end and after a number of tests the traditional Epifanes with extra UV was chosen as the top coat system. However prior to application the spars were coated with 7 coats of SP Systems Eposeal 300 to provide the varnish with a solid foundation for years to come.

Currently en-route mid Atlantic, I’m sure there will be a sigh of relief once they reach there final destination. With such strict regulation on imported good it’s certainly been one of the more challenging exports we’ve done in recent years, but proves it possible to ship almost anywhere.

Brazil Mast