The masts for my Privateer 26 Schooner conversion are nearly finished. I want to rig with wooden cross trees similar to a Gloucester fishing schooner construction such as the "Smuggler".
I have a rigging plan sheet for the Smuggler that shows details for the crosstrees, trestletrees, spreader, bolster, and pad. I have the hounds fitted to the squared off upper section of the mast.
My question is: how are the crosstrees, trestletrees, etc attached to the mast? Are they screwed, bolted, glued, or fitted snuggly to the mast and supported only by the hounds?
I am using straight grained black walnut for the trestletrees, bolsters and pads. I'll use hickory or osage orange for the crosstrees and spreaders.