There's so much possibility with the new technologies of scanning and computer milling,
and yet there's nothing like the beautiful hand carved ornament.
Why is this?
Because machine made work is perfect. Perfection quickly becomes visually boring.
Everything is identical, whereas objects made by hand have subtle variations that keep things alive.
These panels are so beautiful in how they play with light and shadows.
Architectural ornament from the Jefferson Market Courthouse in New York City.
Seen on a recent trip to New York City.