Ahh, now you're getting into physics! I love physics...actually, old wooden boats did absorb water, but stayed afloat anyway because of their shape and the fact that (most) wood is less dense than water regardless of whether it is water logged or not..eventually it will sink though (just like a log sinks to the bottom of a pond eventually) unless drydocked for a period of time or coated with something.and it was all of those wooden boats absorbing all of that water that made us start using metals for modern boats, right?
I hope this water method is not meant to be easier. :wink:I use a papertowel rolled and reamed into the camber. Then a pipecleaner or two, and then maybe a q-tip in the mortise. Wipe it all down really well, and then give the rim a wipe or two on the leather.
This.AFAIK, the pipes are not soaked in water. Rather, they're daubed with water or alcohol so that the carver is able to see the grain and thus carve them in the most aesthetically pleasing manner.