commenting on only the process described (i'd love to see more details) seems that the goal is to begin the automation of full scribed log work - the logs mentioned are somehow scanned (photography? laser?)
new energy works used a handheld laser scanner while helping to recreate an organ from lithuania at the eastman school of music
. they scanned each religious sculpture on the original. the plan was to rough them out on a cnc machine and each piece was to be finished and detailed by hand... though i do not know at what state the carving is at.