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Perish the thought. The CNC carved detritus (mostly from China) is already so abundant as to bury us. No mas!
If you want elegance, do it right with hand carved material.
I am a huge fan of hand carving but even in the 19th century, when these mansions were built, the huge demand for carved moldings, details, friezes & etc meant pervasive use of pattern carving machines, stamped moldings, and other stuff. The other thing is that there are carvings and there are carvings. most CNC carvings I have seen are BAD, but there is no reason why they cannot be made better, and to make the better you do need a real carver at the helm. And I would much rather someone builds more buildings with fancy carved interiors with machine aid then being scared off the project because of the cost of hiring a talented carver to carve 3000 ft of identical molding.
I'm not positive, but possibly not. One of the things that is really interesting about the mansion is that as a whole the decoration is magnificent, but when you look at the details the stuff just isn't what we see in museums. And that I think is really important. Museums usually reflect the best work around. This work is more typical of large mansion projects. Some of it great, all of it pretty good, but you don't have your "A" list carvers working on 500 feet of identical molding. Also there is 130 years of wear and tear on the piece. (which is why in museums they don't let you touch anything)
THANKS Joel, for showing us this beautiful work!