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I've used household ammonia as used for cleaning, bought at Walmart.
Adding household ammonia to the soak water makes wood SUPER flexible. My understanding (in my poor little pea-brain) is that it somehow temporarily alters the molecular structure of the wood, but after drying, the wood resumes its original physical characteristics.As a wooden boat builder, I've bent wood many times using steam, but, at least on small pieces, the ammonia delivers much more profound results.
Sorry, but when I've used the ammonia, I never measured it; trial and error only. If I had to pick a starting point, maybe a 15 or 20% solution. There is a fair amount of info concerning this technique in googledom. Surprisingly hefty lengths of solid wood can literally be tied in knots! I've mainly used it in building scale model boats, preparatory for building full-size.
Elegant in its simplicity. You've got my vote!
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sandalwood20Speaking as a lifelong professional mariner and frequent small boat user, the square (or reef) knot is a VERY POOR choice for joining two lines together. In his definitive tome on knots, Clifford Ashley claimed that "misused reef knots have caused more deaths and injuries than all other knots combined".To join two lines of the same size, the sheet bend is probably the most common correct approach, and for lines of different size the carrick bend is a good choice.
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