It’s lovely to work on characterful houses, but that character is easily lost if the project lacks empathy.
The moulding on the left was salvaged from a barge board - warped and rotten, but still largely intact after 100 years. No doubt routed by hand from a 4x2" timber. We cut it out, measured and drew it, and had it faithfully reproduced in a close grained, slow grown timber (Southern Yellow Pine) that has a lifespan as reliable as the original.
It’s easier, quicker and cheaper to buy something similar off the shelf. Something thinner, lighter, flatter and duller. Maybe for a refurb, even a renovation, but this is restoration.