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Old Apr 19, 2011, 09:08 AM
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Real ships do that because it's just not possible to make masts in one piece. The lower masts, especially, were built up and banded together to get size and strength - there's no way to find a single tree to make a lower mast for a larger ship.

There's no reason you can't do it other than aesthetics. Mast sections with doublings, tops, caps, etc, look more like the prototype. It's up to you how far down that road you travel.

One issue a single piece mast may have is warping and twisting - especially if you use a dowel. Just look through the bin of dowels at the store to see what I mean.
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