This is Art blocking dress weight with minimal water and light steamFirst of all Art would never dry block a felt. I work with mostly dress weight and anything other than the 95gr FEPSA which I still give a very generous spritz plus lots of steaming I wet block.
That includes the Winchester, Ukraine 160gr and Tonak 140 gram bodies i use. I just get a much better blocking without having to wrestle the damn felt.
The cord must be absolutely non stretch. If your cord has any stretch to it then it relaxes and you lose tension. I mostly use the silicon blocking springs. I find they work ever so much better and regardless of whether I need to steal crown from the brim can block a felt in minutes with minimal effort. I rarely have to use a puller downer.
For a Western, what he is doing is dry blocking, at least to me, as there is no saturation.
Is any water use considered a wet block? I’ve never seen someone block with zero moisture/steam Have you? This clearly isnt an option with Western capelines.